Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Photography (8x10)
Foxtail Dreams #2 (Bodega Bay)
Photography 8x10
Foxtail Dreams #1 (Bodega Bay)

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

My father told me that I should have taken a photography class. He bought me a camera to go with it but I never got up to it. (To be honest, I never made time for it.) Yet, he always believed I had an eye. He was right. I do have an eye. Yet, I think he had a different vision than I did. Meaning, I have an eye for everything and anything. Whether I’m looking at a spider or a bubble gum wrapper, what might be the most mundane things appear fascinating to me. I’m suddenly curious like an eager 3 year old. Colors and patterns pop in my head. I begin to play. My mind exploring every crevice. I imagine what lies beneath the coy exterior. To understand life, is to understand the definition of living. Living is about embracing things from a different perspective. You might say it’s a glass half full of possibilities. In other words, never judge a book by its cover. Just as the naked eye is deceiving. There is definitely more-than-meets-the eye. Life about is living in a realm of color and passion, vibrant hues exploding everywhere. Everything and anything is an ocean waiting to be explored, a forest to be hiked, a sky to be flown. And it is awesome to witness. After all, life is what we make of it. Right? Everything and anything is just an adventure waiting to be discovered. And I won’t stop. I will swim, walk or fly to wherever the world takes me. Each moment, whether negative or positive, is a beholden beauty waiting to be captured. I can only do my best to capture the wonderment of this-thing-we-call life. After all, isn’t that what living is all about?

 

Sight: Catching a glimpse of life.

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Spider #1: Photo of Spider

 

Sight: Life’s Lesson: When looking at something, ask yourself “What do you see?.” There is a lot more than what meets the eye. Depending on how you look at things, what might appear as ordinary may be actually extraordinary. It’s important not to judge something or someone by appearance. Appearances can be easily deceiving. There is so much more that what we appear to see. There is beauty in the most mundane things. Keep an open heart and an open mind. You may be surprised by what you see and find something extraordinary in what others may see as ordinary. Find the beauty in all things. In doing so, you might just capture a glimpse of the fleeting spirit called “life.”

Perspective: Putting Matters into Perspective.

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Perspective: Foot & Spider

 

Life Lesson: Perspective. Sometimes problems or mishaps can seem overwhelming, intimidating and perplexing. When they do, step back, breathe, collect your thoughts and focus on the task at hand. Once you gather your wits, you’ll realize that You are much bigger than the problem. You might struggle for balance, but will get there. You can fix it. Once you have perspective, you’ll realize that you are a lot stronger than the problem. Sometimes it takes life’s problems to help us realize what our true strengths are. You just got to have perspective. Once you do, that problem that seemed like a giant, is only a teeny-tiny spider that is easily defeated by the foot of perspective.

Be Brave: Be Fierce. Live The Life You Want

 

See The World Thru Color (16x20)
See The World Thru Color (16×20)

We all have something that we are struggling with: Relationships, Marriage, Work, Health, Self. Whatever it is, we must not let it deter us from whatever it is that we want out of life. What do you want? What makes you happy? It’s much easier to settle for what’s comfortable. Why? Whether we like to admit it or not, we are creatures of comfort. It’s easy to be afraid of rocking the cradle. Why should we make changes that will be difficult? It’s much easier to settle for comforts than to struggle for what we want. Even I have to admit, I’m a creature of habit that loves her creature comforts. I decided late in life, that I would work for what it is that I really want. I have been rocking the cradle for several years now and it has not been easy. It’s been a struggle; however, I love what I’m doing.  Am I still struggling? Yes, I am. But I can also see the mountains that I’ve climbed to get where I am right now. There’s a sense of accomplishment in that. It’s always easier to give up and not fight for whatever it is we want. But where does that get us? It leaves us in a rut, frustrated and hapless victims of denial. It’s important to have a brave heart. To take a risk and make the sacrifices we need to do for whatever it is that we want out of life. It is much easier said than done. But, whatever it is you want, don’t be afraid to fight for it. Just be brave enough to live through it.

Making Promises

 

 

 

 

Happiness (Hope)
Happiness (Hope)

“Look for something Positive everyday, even if some days you have to look longer to find it.” EarthAngel.com

I made a promise to God that I would take better care of myself. Can you make that promise to yourself? Part of taking care of ourselves is to look for something positive in each day, no matter how long we have to look to find it. In today’s society, it is easy to get bombarded with so much negativity. Even I have to admit that it is really unnerving. So unnerving, that I have to build a force field to protect myself from flying objects, like anger, disgust, hurt and sadness. We all want an ideal world but that world does not exist. With a little effort, we can find our way slowly in the realm of positivity. Within this realm, lies joy or inspiration in little things like prayer, wisdom quotes, exercise and funny animal videos. In today’s world, we must make an effort and choose to be positive. We must learn to train our brain to focus on the positive when everything tells us not to. Because you can’t get anywhere with negativity. No matter what, we must persevere with what life throws at us. Do not have a defeatist attitude. Keep going until you get to the road of positivity. Persevere and focus on that promise you made to yourself. You know, that promise you made to take better care of yourself. Draw positive good energy and spread it around. In doing so, you will create a ripple effect that will help others who are struggling also. Find that happy place and spread the love around. Everything might be chaotic in the world right now but nothing can take our inner joy and peace unless we let it. Without our permission, negativity has no power.  So, don’t give it permission. Focus on the positive. Don’t break that promise. You owe to yourself to make yourself happy. Don’t let life cheat you of the happiness you deserve. Even if you have to work hard to find it, you will find yourself smiling in the end.

Spontaneity

Spontaneity (36x36)
Spontaneity (36×36)

Spontaneity (Live Spontaneously)  (36×36 Acrylic on canvas with sustainable materials)

Life is what we make of it. Whether we choose to live by our own or society’s standards is up to us. Society has created this illusion of control. That no matter how we plan, how we educate, how we work, life will happen as we expect it to. Ding. Ding. Ding. Life doesn’t work that way. Some days are good, some days are bad. For some of us, being spontaneous is difficult because we need that delusion of control.  Living day by day on some devised monotonous plan, control makes us feel safe and protected.  But the reality is that Life gets in the way of that; it has an ironic way of reminding us that we have no control. Some unexpected event will occur. It will stump us or throw us for a loop and we won’t have any authority over it. So we might as well join in on the fun. By being spontaneous,  we can have a C’est la vie attitude toward Life when it throws a rock or bone at us.  And it will happen from time to time. By being spontaneous, we can cope. We won’t be stumped by whatever unexpected event befalls us. Instead, our eyes will be wide open. We will be mindful of the misfortune or open-minded when an opportunity arises. Spontaneity teaches us to embrace it, deal with it and move forward.  In spontaneity, we learn who we really are as individuals because we now know what our capabilities are. We know our strengths and our weaknesses. We persevere. We motivate. We’re determined. We’re faithful. It is in that realization, that we conquer Life. We don’t let Life turn our lives upside down. Instead, Spontaneity is the coping mechanism, the tool we have for dealing with whatever event occurs. Spontaneity teaches us to throw caution to the wind. To live religiously and roll with the punches. In spontaneity, we learn to enjoy Life as is. An unexpected journey. Good or bad, we won’t let Life unanticipated event destroy us. Instead, we live it. We savor it.

 

 

 

Peaceful

Peace In An Imperfect World (16x20)
Peace In An Imperfect World (16×20)

 

“Peace In An Imperfect World” (16×20) Acrylic on Canvas.

The rainbows in this piece represent inner piece within a busy complicated world. This piece is about the importance of maintaining self when all things are chaotic. It is through inner peace that we have joy and happiness. It is through inner peace, that we maintain who we are and stay true to ourselves. It is in knowing who we are as individuals that we know what’s important in life.

I really love this color scheme on this piece. For me, these colors represent tranquility. Finding my inner peace as I cope in an imperfect world. Thinking of my dad who is greatly missed. He died in 2012. It will be three years since this death. It was his birthday not too long ago (on April 27th). It’s true what they say about losing a loved one. It leaves a hole in your heart that can never be filled. That things won’t ever be the same again. So true. I have so many fond memories of my dad: cycling, camping, debating, coffee on Sunday mornings while reading the newspaper, listening to KJazz radio (Frank Sinatra on Sunday mornings), the I-love-you Post-Its put on my breakfast burritos (that my dad made) left for in the mornings while going to law school, operas, Hollywood Bowl, his awesome hugs that made everything feel better, the no-matter-what-everything-will-be-alright days while stressing over finals. Thinking of my dad makes me smile. I feel so truly blessed to have those memories of my dad. To have shared those times with my dad. Memories that are irreplaceable. It is because of him and the times that we shared that I can cope. It is in these moments that I have peace. I love you, Dad.