I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
-Alfred Lord Tennyson
I cannot live with you,
It would be life,
And life is over there
Behind the shelf
The sexton keeps the key to,
Our life, his porcelain,
Like a cup
Discarded of the housewife,
Quaint or broken;
A newer Sevres pleases,
Old ones crack.
I could not die with you,
For one must wait
To shut the other’s gaze down,
You could not.
And I, could I stand by
And see you freeze,
Without my right of frost,
Nor could I rise with you,
Because your face
Would put out Jesus’,
That new grace
Glow plain and foreign
On my homesick eye,
Except that you, than he
Shone closer by.
They’d judge us-how?
For you served Heaven, you know,
Or sought to;
I could not,
Because you saturated sight,
And I had no more eyes
For sordid excellence
And were you lost, I would be,
Though my name
On the heavenly fame.
And were you saved,
And I condemned to be
Where you were not,
That self were hell to me.
So we must keep apart,
You there, I here,
With just the door ajar
That oceans are,
And that pale sustenance,
-Painting by Odilon Redon 1840-1916
“Our Greatest Fear” by Marianne Williamson
Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
handsome, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you NOT to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
My spirit needed a lift in a positive direction today thus my reasoning behind writing this post. Perhaps your heart needs a boost as well? I hope the poem and the images provided you with some inspiration, insight, and beauty. May God bless you and yours. Have a wonderful evening.
k i m b y
I am baaaaaack!!! I have not posted any new blogs in over three weeks…and for that I apologize. I have been struggling a bit (well actually, I have been struggling a lot) and have not had the gumption to sit down and blog. I have been forcing myself to paint….even IF I am lacking the necessary and vital inspiration to do so. I am in the midst of churning out a few paintings that I hope you will enjoy. Holy Cow is one of those paintings. It is really not entitled “Holy Cow”. I labeled this piece that title just for this post. I have no idea what it will be called but I think it is a pretty cute, and hopefully interesting, abstraction of a sweet little calf.
This painting was initially created by sketching the image of the cow in a lavender pencil. I chose lavender because it is soft, moldable and rich. It is also one of the presiding colors I envisioned for this particular piece. Once I did the sketch, I moved onto to doing the background. This background has three different layers. I used a lime green color for the primary base. I then made an orange color from mixing cadmium red and Naples yellow oil paints. Lastly, I mixed in some Alizaron crimson, wet-on-wet, into the already added bases. After the background was completed, I did something I have never done before…..I used acrylic as base in which to create texture to the base of the cow. I have only just begun to explore working with acrylics and I decided to try my luck as use it as a foundational base. I LOVE the way it turned out and I am thrilled I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried it! I am now gradually adding abstract colors onto the coat of the cow to create a vibrant painting….I hope! I will be sure to post the finished product once it is done.
I hope all is well in your world. Thank you so much for being faithful to my blog and continuing to read even when my posts are somewhat lacking and few & far between.
k i m b y
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