Thursday, 12 January 2012

Evolve...

I know that most folk who attend the online fiesta that is Paint Party Friday did this last week or even the week before so I’m a little late, but seeing what other people chose got me thinking...

Basically Kristin and Eva asked what one word we would choose as our word of the year; something that means something for where we are in our own personal journeys, or to aspire to, or to serve as a reminder of what we want to achieve in 2012.

Initially I had thought I would choose Carpe Diem (‘seize the day’ in Latin) even though technically it’s two words, as it’s sort of mine and S’s motto and one that we got tattooed onto our persons instead of engraving our wedding rings when we got married to serve as a reminder to us that we should seize every moment of every day in our married lives together. (Sometimes, with the groundhog day of real life getting in the way it’s a tall order to remember to seize anything other than a few snatched daydreams of the life we wish we were living if only the bills didn’t have to be paid!)

Anyway, I was in my studio last night working on a new painting of an owl for my Windows to the Soul series and the word just came to me – EVOLVE.

I read a book recently called The Naked Ape written by a zoologist about how humans evolved from fruit-picking, tree-dwelling primates to what we are today. A fascinating read, by the way as he discusses human behaviours in the same way he would discuss any other animal, which is after all what we are. I’ve also been reading about why man invented all the different religions which have ever existed and which still exist today. Anyway, suffice to say that I've seen the light, to use a religious term, although not in the usual meaning of the phrase. 

So basically, over the last year I have evolved quite a lot. Bringing the dogs into our family made me more thoughtful about animals as a whole, which resulted in me becoming vegetarian. That lead me to educate myself even more about how mankind treats the animals used for their milk, eggs, wool and hide which led to me becoming vegan. This in turn had me questioning how a god of whatever denomination could sit back and allow such suffering to continue in the world he allegedly created. So, as a result, my beliefs have evolved and are still evolving and with that evolution the things I am inspired to paint have also evolved. 

Ultimately mankind is a mere blip in the timeline of the universe (just like the dinosaurs) and some day we’ll probably be the authors of our own extinction (that or a giant meteor!). However, while we are still here, I intend to keep on evolving!

Anyway, I think I have used my word of the year and derivatives thereof, enough times for one post so, to get back to the whole art part of the art blog, here’s another itty bitty teeny weeny canvas from the Nature’s Magic series – rainy windows - where nature takes manmade stuff and makes it pretty!! (As before, it helps to squint a little when looking at it!)





Final glazed version

41 comments:

  1. gee...i love your work...its so little but so much in it...very clever indeed...xxx

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  2. Its a lovely miniature! It reminds me of the universe with lots of galaxies and all.

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  3. I just LOVE the rainy windows series! Are you going to do a big one? They really are so cleverly done :0)

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  4. I love your WORD choice for 2012. Go out and seize all your artistic dreams!!!
    And do take us along on your journey won't you?
    Happy PPF!
    Sheri Cook
    HappyHorseStudio

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  5. Wonderful creation and post ~ love the mini and its colors and abstraction ~ do I see a unicorn in there? ~~ thanks, namaste, carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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  6. Beautiful colourful artwork. Happy PPF. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

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  7. Love this painting. I reminds me of a party. I so remember the book "The Naked Ape" since we had to read it in my first year college Biology class. Hadn't heard of it in a long time! :-)

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  8. Interesting thoughts and great word! Love the small canvas too!

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  9. Beautiful colors and it feels like space to me.

    Thanks for your sweet words on my blog.

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  10. Love your window painting. :) And looks like you changed your life quite a bit the past year. Good for you!

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  11. I like what you had to say about evolving. I guess i did a bit of that this year too, but for different reasons.

    Nice little painting!

    happy PPF

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  12. You write so well. Great thoughts and ideas. Evolve is a great word. I haven't chosen a word yet, but before the month is out, hopefully one will come. Love your mini painting and you've given me ideas on mini paintings and in fact I think I will do one for my brother. His b/day is next month. Thank you for inspiring me. Nice work.

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  13. Wonderful post! And the painting is pure magic!

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  14. I can't find the meaning, although enrecierro eyes, but the colors and texture I like. Saludos

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  15. I really like these wee little rainy day paintings, so very beautiful! Somehow I missed the word of the year post, but I'll be trying to come up with one of my mine- yours is great and the meaning behind it- wonderful. GREAT post!
    Stephanie

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  16. I can totally see that there's something out there beyond the droplets of rain on the window! Awesome work! And love your word. Happy PPF! :-)

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  17. Your rainy day picture is beautiful. It does look exactly like the view through a wet window.
    Faye

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  18. Wonderful mini art - I work small to so I can appreciate this!

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  19. Love your word evolve!
    And your finished tiny painting looks amazing, too!!

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  20. Very nice color and texture here. Evolve seems to be an excellent choice. I'm even more behind than you after missing a couple of weeks. I didn't even know about choosing a word for the year. I will need to think about that!

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  21. I think your miniature abstracts are so wonderful! Evolve is an excellent choice and I too find it hard to believe that we as a society allow such horrendous treatment of animals! ~Happy PPF #2 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

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  22. Love it!!!! Also love your word for the year. I tried to pick one word but ended up with 3...but I need all 3 this year :0)

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  23. I think evolve is a perfect word for the year. Your minis are wonderful. I kept squinting and squinting and seeing so many different things. Beautiful work!

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  24. What a wonderful word you have chosen. I still can't find One word that fits. Your little canvas looks amazing.. Love the colors. Happy PPF!!

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  25. I think you are one of the people in the world I'd most like to sit down with over a pot of tea and talk away the afternoon. Love your take on life, and love the new rainy window painting.

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    1. thank you so much and the feeling is entirely mutual - you make me laugh out loud just reading your take on life so I would love to sit and listen to more of your funny stories!

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  26. Wonderful painting and post! "Evolve" is awesome choice <3

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  27. I really do love your minis. The seem large the work has so much depth.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  28. I also have been thinking about how to evolve into something more joyful and to make life a real happy and growth experience. I want to find and to give excitement in this life. I recently made a list of ten things to change about myself and I posted on it yesterday
    happy evolving 2012 my friend

    your art is wonderful

    -KAT-

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  29. What a great word! And I really like the idea of your "Nature's Magic Series", the painting looks so great! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your pictures!
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! Wow, a northern lights cruise round the Norwegian Arctic circle, that sounds just wonderful! I've never seen the northern lights - yet. I once went to the north of Sweden in winter, but it was too early to see them.

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  30. What a great word and a great post! It's really interesting to see where decisions and thoughts have taken you in the last 12 months! I am really enjoying your miniature series and really love the finished glazed look!!

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  31. a lot of color in a little package! love it! happy PPF!

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  32. I love watching your ever evolving art... You are such a kind, gentle, and beautiful soul - It is truly a pleasure to watch your journey.

    xo
    Kristin

    p.s. I hope we get a peek at the owl soon too!

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  33. Such tiny goodness! I love your painting and post - and I so agree. I've been a veggie since college when I was made to watch "Animal Liberation." It does put things in a whole new light and I made the same decision as you - to love all animals in all ways, xoxo

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  34. I love your bright colors against the dark background. And those small canvasses are darling!

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  35. Great word "Evolve" I hope everday I evolve in some way. I think if we cease to evolve we cease to exist. Your little painting is so wonderful and colorful. Happy New Year to you!!

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  36. Hey I'm so excited to be back, I've missed you heaps (don't tell but you are one of my fave places to call in, take off my Doc Martin's & chill... shh... don't tell) OK now back to chilling a bit more before I lace up my Doc's & continue on my 'delayed' PPF visit ;) I think 'EVOLVE' is the perfect word for you to pick, you are blossoming, your art, the way you seek out areas to educate yourself, you blossom, more branches shoot out, & you continue to grow, and as you do, birds like me come & rest, have shelter, maybe get some sustenance & move on, always happy to return & see your continuing quest to be all you can be - You are a spot of inspiration Ms PointyPix - Happy 2012 :)

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    1. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment- you've made me feel all warm and fuzzy and believe me it's a mutual appreciation society as I love to read your witty posts and your art work never fails to impress me!

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