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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Softer Paint Party Friday



 Coral, an intuitive painting in my sketch book.
Recently Cupcake bought some white tulips. Several days later, many changes of water, and three different vases, they're at the end of their life. One by one a small petal drops to the table which I spy from my peripheral vision! Remaining petals are softer looking in full bloom. My life is much like those tulips.
As a young woman I was a tight bud trying  so hard to bloom. I was socialized to be a good wife and mother. Which I evolved into. I did both very well. I was strong, opinionated and boisterous at times! I tried too hard, worked too hard, and still never really felt good enough. In bloom I was much like a peacock, colorful and not to be forgotten. As I have aged I feel quieter, softer, my soul is lighter and conflict is so disturbing to my body. Even loud quick startling sounds make my heart pace faster!

Over time, much like the petals on the tulips I have eliminated things I once placed such importance on. Now they have much less significance.  So why did I attach so much importance on them I wonder?  Love is important, the ability to resolve conflict in a peaceful manner is important, staying healthy in a normal balanced way is important, being kind and dependable is important!! The rest really is minutiae. Of course the logistics of life can sometimes be the pits. It's truly  a blessing  to see life through older eyes, and  be able to appreciate simplicity with such joy!
Grumpy bird

The other day I saw a cake that appeared exactly like a newborn. I'm guessing It was for a baby shower,  but it was sliced into pieces and I felt physically ill by the disturbing image. I  wondered why people think an image like that is okay to post  to a social media site. I wondered if I was the only one that had that reaction.  I am very liberal, but it wasn't cute nor funny to me. Maybe  I'm  not desensitized enough.  Maybe it's just because I am too soft now, like the tulips.   

Have you hardened or softened as you've aged?
 Gypsy Goddess and I finally had a nice visit after way too long!!

36 comments:

Helen Campbell said...

I like Coral... soft and beautiful. And I agree about the cake. It's so not something I could do myself.
Thanks for sharing! Happy PPF!

Ayala Art said...

I think in my case I have toughen up as I grow up and older lol I have always been a softie and not materialistic, which is not always a good thing :oP
I love your painting of the woman, and the guy wiht the birds is great!
Hey, I don't know who is who, but you two girls are gorgeous!

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely post! I think it's hard to say, in some ways I have softened as I have grown older, in other things I am less tolerant and more outspoken. Hugs, Valerie

Clare Lloyd said...

Love you bold art work.

arianezuber said...

I really like to read your thoughts on friday ;) I think I agree with Valerie: in some ways I have softened, in other things I am less tolerant but the best thing is that I have less "fear" in some ways and with passing time feel more confident at all and that is very helpful...have a beautyful weekend...

sheila 77 said...

Love your artwork, the bird looks very cross and Coral looks a bit resigned - not like us, happy, older, softer! Making art keeps us youthful, I think.
That's a great photograph of you at the end. Older? doesn't look like it!
Happy PPF and Happy PPWeekend.

Nic McLean said...

Interesting post. I think I have both hardened and softened. I no longer take the crap I would've taken from people in the past although I still am much better at standing up for other people (or animals) than I am for myself! Now, though I adhere to the 'chuck it in the f*ck it bucket and move on' school of thought to things that shouldn't take up so much of my time worrying about them. I'm more philosophical, less likely to get annoyed over things that don't really matter in the scheme of things but more likely to get annoyed about things that really do matter (to the planet) that so many other people seem ignorant to as long as they can keep on buying the latest gadget or eating their processed burgers.

My name is Erika. said...

To answer your question, both I think. I have hardened to some things in life that used to make me very sad or upset, I can deal with them better now. But in many ways I have softened and have become more sensitive to things. And I agree, what is important has changed in the past years, but I think that is what my parents and grandparents always called wisdom...great art this week and have a lovely weekend.

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

I enjoy your art and your posts so much. I have always had to be tough and strong but that doesn't mean I don't have a soft side. I am still tough with a good heart. LOL
Nicole/Beadwright

Faye said...

Both you and Gypsy Goddess are lovely, Sherrie. Love your post. I certainly am not the person I was at 25. (Thank God!) I'm not even the person I was at 50. I may not have changed a lot since 75. I think we make a mistake when we still see people as what they "used" to be, not what they are now. Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

SLScheibe said...

Coral is a wonderful, bold intuitive drawing. Very nice! Always so colorful.

I think am image like that would disturb me too.

Linda Kunsman said...

Coral is wonderful, and I also like those grumpy birds:) I can picture that cake and I too would have been disturbed by it. As to your ? I have both hardened and softened to some things. I was always VERY sensitive so over the years I have had to learn to form a thicker skin and harden a bit. At the same time I have had to learn to soften a bit and trust more too. LOVE that photo of the goddesses!

judie said...

We are much alike. Great post!

Ilona Heimböckel said...

The analogy of the life of a tulip and your own life is interesting, though I think you look much too young in that last photograph to have reached the age of your tulips!!!
It is good that we grow wiser and sometimes softer as we get older! I have noticed that in a woman I have almost feared when I was young! She had a strong aura and she was not a sweet lady! ;-) When she grew old, she had become softer!
I agree with you about the cake! I don't like these cakes with photographs on them! And I feel disturbed when I see people cutting up people, even when it is only a cake!
Wishing you all the best!
Hugs Ilona

kat said...

Hello and thanks for another great post full of colourful great art and your musings. I'm still pretty much the same as I was as a girlie, but mama version and would say I'm still very soft!

Neesie said...

You can always guarantee a wow factor when visiting you Giggles. Those colours are a treat for my eyes especially in January!
As for the cake I'm with you.
Have a happy PPF and enjoy your weekend ;)
xoxo

Irene Rafael said...

You posed a thought provoking question this week. I believe that I am neither softer or harder, rather i would describe myself at more patient. By that I mean I do not jump to a conclusion or a response through purely emotion but use my heart as the main filter and then i decide. I want to thank you not only for you thoughtful posts but for you visits to my blog and lovely comments. I appreciate it and know that you have put thought into what you write. xo

GlorV1 said...

Well hello first! Hope you are doing well. Love your pieces as always bold and beautiful. I think I am much more able to control my feelings than in the past. I love the quiet more now than I did before. Loud voices make me shudder. In fact, I love my alone time more than ever. Able to spend this alone time in my painting and gardening. Take care, great post as always.

denthe said...

Love your artwork this week, especially the first picture of Coral. Beautiful colours.... As I get older I feel like I have hardened as well as softened. I know much better what I want and which things I will not tolerate. But I have more understanding for some behaviors and will not be so quick to judge anymore. Also: I can't watch certain programs on TV anymore, because they make me feel ill ...

Christine said...

nice colourful art! That's a good question...my mother in law sure has mellowed that's for sure.

Christine said...

cute colourful art. That's a good question...my mother in law sure has mellowed over the years!

Danielle M said...

I've gotten softer with age...I used to be so ridged and now I figure life is too short to be unhappy. Lovely post!

susupetal said...

I just love petals :D

Soft and tender art this time, maybe a bit sad and tired, too. Spring is coming,

NatashaMay said...

Wonderful colorful art! And you look great in the photo. :) Wow, I didn't think how a sliced up newborn cake would look like. Certainly not something you'd want to post on internet.

Sirkka said...

Great post again, have a good time, Giggles!

Aga Gasiniak said...

I think that soft is good. soft is kind and gentle, means an act of heart and love. Thank you for your post, made me stop and think. I love tulips!

Kate Robertson said...

I love all your bold colors. I can see why the cake would be disturbing. I have softened and hardened about things myself.

Kate

Karla B said...

I saw the image of the baby cakec sliced up. What a horrible thing that was!Deplorable.I felt bad too.It is a disrespect to life!I don't know but I think I got hardened for some things and softened for others. I am more patient, calm and I became a great observer.Don't know if I am wise. Hope I am as I hope my inner child may be warm and happy.I need him too!Thanks so much for your lovely email. Thanks so much for your concern. My girl and her bf made up. I am glad thhey could forgive each other and turn a new leaf, Love your art and your post. Love your photo too!You're a pretty woman!

Gillena Cox said...

Happy weekend Giggles; thanks for stopping over to visit mine

much love...

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Your questions are always so thought provoking. I think it depends on the issue... Mostly I am more mellow though. Wonderful colors in your pieces, they are so eye catching!

coco.nut said...

the cake sound horrible!

I seem to harden (in some areas) and soften (in other areas) at the same time ;) I like to think that I mature and develop :)

love the grumping bird, especially the front one!

ann @ studiohyde said...

Think I have done both, hardened and softened, but I hope the hardened edges are understanding. Lovely post Giggles and your artwork has such a great vibrancy about it ....ann :-)

Marianne said...

A post that made me think.
Thank you so much for sharing - and your paintings are wonderful :)

lee said...

first loved your art work, colors wow,,,,,i have softened for sure as I have aged, and when I think back to when I was all hard edges, and didn't let anyone see the soft side of me, I wonder why I did that

JKW said...

These paintings are wonderful. They speak to me. Yep, I'm much more calmer and patient with others. So much more soothing, you are so right. Blessings, Janet PPF

Teresa Arsenault said...

Bright, beautiful pieces with some great humour.

That cake would have disturbed me too.

Happy PPF

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