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|