Saturday, December 01, 2007


16"x20" wrapped canvas, available in my Etsy shop.

I've been working and working and working on this one.

The quote says "Even a happy life cannot be without some measure of darkness and the word Happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."-Carl Jung

On her arms, it says "It's ok to feel sad sometimes." And, "Don't lose hope."

On the butterfly it says "hope."

This is a bit different from what I usually do with my art, but I think that sometimes in an effort to encourage happy words and positive thoughts, folks sometimes feel a little disappointment in themselves for occasionally feeling sad or for reacting to things that are dark in their lives.

Just as it is natural for us to be happy and joyous, it is also natural to react to unhappy events with sadness for a time.

We just have to remember to not lose hope for the sorrow will pass or lessen and we really will feel happy again.

That's the message I was trying to get across here.

It's not what I had planned but once she was on the canvas, I had no choice but to follow her lead.

Thanks for looking.

I hope everyone has a great Saturday.

I get to sing a Christmas song for ladies' meeting so Patrick and I are going to a wonderful musician's house today so that I can practice with a couple of great instrumentalists. :) They also have a house full of beautiful art; paintings, sculpture...heaven! I'm really looking forward to this afternoon.

Last night Nick called to remind me of "Dance Hypothesis" which is a program put on by a local dance teacher and her arty husband. They exhibit local talent in a relaxed venue.

We went and watched dancing, singing and NICK playing and singing in a band. It was awesome! I was a proud mama.

Earlier in the day, I ran across an old cassette tape of Nick when he was about 4 or 5 years old and he was singing excerpts from "The Lion King" and songs he learned at church. He'd say things like, "Well, you asked foh (he couldn't say his 'r's) it folks!" and then he'd sing and when he was done, he'd say "Yay!" LOL Soooooooo cute. In the background his baby brother was trying (sometimes really successfully) to sing along. I laughed and cried remembering the shows they put on.

What a treat to hear that and then watch my big grown man performing before a crowd of artists who appreciated him!

Yes. I am beaming still. :)

Love to all of you.


Anonymous said...

Lisa I am so loving your art work and words these days. Keep it up. Love Hugs and Blessings

ladybug said...

Beautiful! Nicely done....and yes, we all need a reminder to accept our sad times (as long as we don't lose our butterflies of hope ;)

Tinker said...

I love this painting Lisa. How it shows the light and the shadow in life.
Have fun singing. How fun to watch your son performing - then and now. Sweet old memories and making new ones.~xo

Gemma said...

Your art and message really speak to me. Human beings are so complex.
Life is bittersweet!
There is love and hope and light!There is darkness and depression.
Carl Jung said it very well.
Thank you for sharing this gorgeous work.

Lisa said...

Thank you for your comments. I'm feeling a little tender about my art today so your words are appreciated from the bottom of my heart.


ladybug said...

Oh thanks for stopping by my blog too! so nice to have your name pop up on my page! If you don't mind I'd love to link to your beautiful blog from that alright?


Pam Aries said...

Ya kow what...I was feeling a bit sorry for myself yesterday. Waaaa. Down. Sad. Thanks for sharing this! We all go through rough periods..I feel like i want to be UP all the time.

gilfling said...

I love this Lisa - it is such an intuitive piece and it shows! I too feel it is important to recognise that our lives are not all sunny and light - tis all about balance and it helps us appreciate what we have every day.

Angela said...

She is gorgeous. I love her. It is the sadness that makes the happiness especially sweet when it comes round.

violette said...

I love your painting's full of hope. I like the way you blended the colours together. Your art is always so heartfelt!

Love, Violette