Summer in Tennessee starts with the appearance of sweet little sparks of light known as fireflies. At dusk they begin to rise from the grass, always going up. Trying to see one is like trying to see a shooting star, their flash of fluorescence is so frustratingly brief. My eyes strain to find and follow the track of flight so I can linger on the little bugger's light show. And, still, too quick to really take it in.
Beauty is like that, too. So often it flashes and vanishes before we know what's happening. Even with great focus and concentration, the most we can hope for is the memory of the florescence. Cameras help. snapping the moment into a frame that reminds us of the feelings, of the day.
When I paint, I also am trying to capture the feeling, the moment….when we turned a corner in Venice and were awestruck with the sight: (photo on left, painting in progress on right)
Learning how to create beauty with oil and brush, perseverance and faith, time and commitment has the same characteristics as the lovely insignificance of the tiny, Tennessee lightning bug.
7/1/2014 07:23:35 am
Good job photographing those "little buggers!" if that was indeed your photo! Life is just about that elusive too. Try to capture a moment of bliss and it dissolves before your mind can define it just because you tried! Oh happy is the woman who can see and transfer "it" to oil and canvas! And happy is the woman who then sees the finished product. And happy is the artist when she sells the "bugger." Oh, happiness goes on and on. It's sunny in Bellingham today. Can you tell?
7/1/2014 08:36:00 am
Haha! Isn't sunshine marvelous?? Your happiness is my happiness :) and…no, I kind of borrowed the firefly photo from the internet. That would take talent to get such a great shot!
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Hello! My name is Wendy and I am passionate about oil painting! Whether in the studio or out in Mother Nature, I get lost in the experience of capturing on canvas the moment and the feel of what I am painting. I pour my love and energy into every single piece of artwork and I hope it shows! This blog is a place where I can use words to talk about art, painting, life, faith, things that make me laugh, and things that inspire. I love every response, so don't be shy about leaving a comment...