Friday, May 16, 2008

Daily Art- New Work - Her Story

“Her Story”

24″ x 30″

Oils/Oil paint pens

Here is the Quote that goes

with this work:

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through
experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
~Helen Keller
This work has been in progress for more than a year, finished
on 5/16/08.

Her Story
: Well it’s all of our stories isn’t it? Our personal travels,
experiences, lessons, baggage some say. I say it’s my story and it only can
and or ruin my life if I give it power too. I have a story, just as you do. My
story has heroes, risks, lessons, devils, dragons, mountains and roads.

It’s mine.
It maybe the only thing I get to take with me as they say, my story.
I leave it open, I leave a ace of spades for a bookmark; my Moments, are
, the desire is not to shed my past, but to incorporate it into the whole

I get to write the ending though.
I get to write the ending.

I am what I am because of every single thought, experience, choice made,
choices not made, love had, love lost. I am what I am because of my story.

I have no shame.
We have all suffered, it’s the suffering I feared.

I no longer Fear.
The opposite of Fear is not Courage,
It is Love.

Living in the moment,

I can accept every line on my aging
face as testament to the many thousand
battlefields, and miles over come
to be here today.
As I am.

We all have a story.
We all have a terminal illness.
It’s called Birth.
I’m living like it’s my last ten seconds.

Balls to the Wall.
Strap it on.
All out.
Full steam ahead.

A good friend recently commented that my work
made her think that I was a person that did what she wanted to do,
regardless, and screamed at people to “Be Happy!”

[with my work, not literally]
I think she is right,

I am doing those things,
and I would add only one thing,
to hone not to destroy her sentiment,
“Be Happy Right
Here & Now!”
For it’s all we may have in the end; living without regrets,
don’t miss it.
I don’t want to dismiss, I want to embrace.
I want personal freedom.

I release my resistance.

This is my Story.
Well, One of them.

Where is your story taking you?
Thank you for reading, have a great day.

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redchair said...

Well I’m in my 50’s now and full of stories. One of the luxuries of being 50 is being given the liberty to tell those stories. Your obligation is to listen. God willing you will reach 50 and get your turn:

I had an acquaintance in my work that I was told was my bitter rival. But that wasn’t true. We were both considered the top Visual Efx Artist and just competed for the same jobs and clientele. The truth was we didn’t know each. We had never laid eyes on each other. The only bitter rivalry was between our clients trying to outshine each other with the work we did for them.

I thought my rival’s work was extraordinary. He had won an Emmy for the soap opera “The Days of Lives”. He had created the amazing ‘sands through the hour glass’ opening title.

The only time we actually met, he was doing a freelance job at our studio. I went down a hallway and rounded a corner. A large Japanese-American man, looking much like a Somu Wrestler, was coming from the opposite direction. He stopped me in motion. He grabbed me up and gave me a tremendous bear hug. He then proceeded to get down on one knee and kiss my hand.

This was my bitter rival! We talked, laughed and I found him as extraordinary as his work. He really enjoyed life and everyone he came in contact with him.

Not long after, I was told that he had been taken to the emergency room. His appendix had ruptured. They didn’t get to it soon enough. He died in the ambulance. He was in his early 30’s.

Heather’s absolutely right. Don't miss the moment. My rival will always hold a special place in my heart. Every day may be our last. We need to enjoy it and everyone we come in contact with.


Ed Maskevich said...

My story has many of the same elements as yours. Nothing wrong with being happy. You should know that you tell a good story. Sorry for having been gone so long.

HMBT said...

thanks for that meaningful story. Seize the day! For Sure. :)

Hi Ed! It has been awhile! Glad to see and hear from you again my friend. Hope all is well in your world, I'll stop by your blog a little later and see if you've updated. I hope so, because I so enjoy your voice and vision.

JafaBrit's Art said...

What a fabulous story vikki.

Of course I love this painting, the face and the patterns are wonderful and I so support your sentiment.