The Giving Season . . .
Give the best of you.
It's said the greatest joy in life is giving, and as we go through this holiday season and close out the end of 2016, we will all (hopefully) realize the simple truth of it.
I'm thinking of the myriad ways we give during our everyday life - letting someone go in front of you at the grocery store, smiling at a stranger who looks as if they may need a bright moment, letting someone in while stuck in a long traffic line, taking soup to a sick neighbor, saying a simple thank-you with meaning, making eye contact with the people who serve you. And if you feel you have nothing to give, then just remember you always have love to give.
Giving the best of me is part and parcel of what I attempt to incorporate into my work, especially commission work. When someone has put their faith in me to bring about a desired outcome it's the only path to pursue in my opinion. These last couple of months I've been working on three commission pieces that are gifts for Christmas - two landscapes and a still life that included a beloved pet. Of course, the very origin of these commissions is love, that powerful, wonderful source of everything! So it begins with love, is painted with love and given with love. You can't go wrong with that. . .
|Koa's Dream . 12 x 12 . oil on panel|
Koa kitty fast asleep up on a shelf in peaceful security and his handsomeness, amongst the chotchkies of his humans' home. Now by chotchkies, I don't mean worthless knick knacks - each of these items most likely has great sentimental value. It's how we make a home, isn't it? With "things" that make us remember or feel.
Koa has been singularly interesting since day one - his tail was run over and it doesn't work like most kitty's tails! But nevermind, he doesn't let it interfere! An inspiring example of stoicism. AND he's been totally lost before - causing much anguish and concern before being found again. Phew! No, like most pets in our lives, never a dull moment. Commissioned by a daughter for the parents of this well-loved kitty - caught in a moment of sweet innocence. Joy!