And how is your Friday?! Mine is getting better by the minute...A lovely weekend of relaxing, reading, cooking and visiting with friends is in order, and very highly anticipated. I've a new book to start and some crayon rings to make (I'll let you know how it goes, of course!). And a real craving for brownies will be satisfied.
Clickin' around on flickr the other day, I came across these wonderful new works by a contact of mine, from Adelaide, Australia, still life with wallpaper. Her work is always lovely, but these really gave me pause:
I've been trying to put my finger on precisely what it is that I love so much about them. (Other than the colors, of course--I'm a sucker for rainbow colors, as I think I've previously made quite obvious!) I think it's the simplicity--like a deconstructed world, maybe...The fill-in-the-blank, "you-make-of-it-what-you-will" aspect of these prints...and of life, in general, I suppose.
I've always loved that quote by Abraham Lincoln where he said, "Most people are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be." It's deceptively simple, that one. It seems almost too simple, but the older I get, the more I realize how very true that it is. It's not about the outward life, the things, the clothing size, the storybook life...it's about YOU. And how you see it, and how you see the world around you, right this very minute of this very day. It truly doesn't matter what it looks like on the outside, as long as you can love and be loved and give and accept in return. So simple, and so difficult.
I wonder why it's so hard to learn that. I think back to how I was as a child, and for as long as I can remember, I focused on what I didn't have, and what I wasn't. It's only now that I realize that the world really couldn't care less what I have or what I look like or whether my hair looks good on this particular day. It cares who I am and what I think and whether or not I have a smile on my face and a kind word or two. That's it, and that's as it should be! I would say that I wish I'd learned it a little sooner, but then I wouldn't be me, or have the life I have, and that would be all wrong. Everything is always going to be okay. I know that.
Anyway...the art! Go see the wonderful work of still life with wallpaper (her beautiful blog): on flickr, her website, and at her shop. The prints above are not for sale yet, but they will be soon, I hope. (But you don't have to own them to love them, you know. They've made me wildly happy just by being there, and I'm so grateful for that.)
Have a beautiful day, sweet friends. Color it as you wish.