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Friday, August 27, 2010

"Immovable"

The first thing I thought with this word was rocks, or maybe the old refrigerator in my basement -- heavy, difficult things I don't really want. Then I started thinking about an old boyfriend who was stubborn in his points of view, which is why we aren't together any more. I was stubborn too, but I'm pretty sure I was also right. We could pick up the same fight years later and still remain immovable in our beliefs. What a shame really.

Nothing is actually immovable. Our molecules are constantly jiggling, the planet orbits around the sun, and the sun is part of the vastly moving universe. I can stand with my feet firmly planted and my arms crossed while the planet forces me through space, and time creates change around me. Even my beliefs and attitudes change, no matter how much I want to hang onto principles or things already gone by.

I got this lesson every year when I was growing up. Boulders in the river looked immovable, but the spring floods came and shoved them downstream a little every year, and then a little more, and then more, until I noticed a huge granite boulder I used to sit on behind the Lutsch's house is now behind the Hollar's. That's a long ways, and it made me feel old and timeless at once.

I'm very much like the boulder. I want to draw with a pencil and paint with a brush, but life is like the flood that forces me to adapt and use technology. After some complaining, I've figured out I can like computers too. Life changes, people change.

This is a big painting for me, 30" x 20" in acrylics. I hate to apologize for the quality of the image, but I had it framed before getting it properly reproduced. Taking this one apart would be a nightmare, so I haven't done it. It's hanging in the living room, and I'm leaving it there. At least I'm leaving it there as long as life doesn't make me reassess it again, and that day will come. None of our beliefs are as sacred as we think they are. This painting will eventually be sent to the attic or sold or given away because something always happens. The trick is to quit fighting the floods.

21 comments:

  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! :o)

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  2. This is a beautiful painting, Linda... and your words are wise!

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  3. Yes, very true ...and you painting is amaaizing. Rocks are one of the things I seldom draw or paint because they are so hard to do well.

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  4. Thanks! I like painting rocks when I want to feel like something is solid in my life. Maybe it's from all those bored days at the river when I studied them for lack of anything else to do. Maybe I should make a painting of skipping rocks sometime?

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  5. This is gorgeous! My first thought for "immovable" was rocks too. Still not sure what I'm going to do yet though.

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  6. Linda wow. The glazes? are just superb, just a great work.Makes me want to pick up a brush! Thank you. Is it on paper??

    Thanks also for the nudge on the darkness of my last work. I zapped up the tonal range and fixed it. Obliged!

    cheers

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  7. I love comments. This is so good for my battered ego! Thanks! The painting is on mat board.

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  8. You have a battered ego? Aww, don't we all? Hehehe... Well, this is a beautiful painting, Linda. I love the textures and the colors...I even see sunset reflected on the water.

    Anyway, thanks for your kind input on my last work! :))

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  9. Nice one Linda! When you are right ... you're not stubborn
    Love the tone and textures.

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  10. Thanks! Don't most artists get battered egos? Seems to go with the territory sometimes. Jack, probably not the best idea to give me license for stubborn!

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  11. Excellent job with the painting. The way you rendered the stones is really amazing!

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  12. Looks very poignant,the subtle colors and the feel of water over them. I'm contemplating painting rocks and stones too,they have interested me a long time.

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  13. Very beautiful, LInda! And, I really enjoyed reading what you had to say.

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  14. Thanks Marion, and thanks for the follow!

    Thanks Jennifer for the follow too!

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  15. Love this painting and also love what you wrote about it. So true!

    Chris Nye

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