"Shutters Blue, Flowers Red, French Sunshine on All"
6 x 6in oil on museum quality panel
Have you ever noticed that sometimes it's almost silly the things that really delight us? We work so hard for the big things. The long awaited vacation, the new car, the ring with a stone big enough to see with the naked eye---you know the kinds of things I am talking about. And then out of the clear blue, something little comes along, that shouldn't mean a thing, and we find our self walking around with a silly grin on our face like we have just purchased the winning lotto ticket. This same phenomenon can be observed with small children and Eddies. You find the perfect gift, stand in line forever to pay for it, wrap it with great care.....and it turns out the boxes and paper are much more interesting to the recipient than the actual gift itself.
I guess that's how I feel about the things I paint. The fresh flowers delight me more when placed in an old jar than they do in a Lenox vase. Blue shutters with potted flowers hung from them, swinging on a small home down an alleyway seem much more at home than on a palatial residence. Small cafes with the owner right in the middle of the party feel more inviting than the spinning restaurants sitting high in the city skyline.Maybe curiosity is what drives us to keep looking at the bigger things, just checking to make sure we aren't missing anything. Truth is, I find over and over, I have lots of love and a zillion things a day in my life to make me smile. And most of them are silly, not impressive, and didn't cost much. Except for Ed. That's the real reason I must work . Ed is one expensive habit. Silly but expensive.
Now I am wonderin' what is the silliest thing that makes you grin like a kid?