acrylic on paper (approx 6.5″ x 9″) click on image to enlarge
Imperfection is beauty,
madness is genius,
it’s better to be
absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
Hello darlings..so sorry I have been absent. Your comments and emails to me were most appreciated, and your little nudges of
paint- paint- paint!
why aren’t you talking?
where the hell are you?
made me laugh (and you know I love a good laugh)!
Well, among lots of other things..I have been painting, and I will post a series of four soon. This piece Imperfection was quickly painted en plein air on a previous Tuscany trip. It was in the spring, so I thought this piece fitting for April.
It may surprise some of you that Marilyn Monroe made such a statement. I’ve learned that guru’s come in all shapes and sizes. Actually, Marilyn was a very intelligent young woman, and who better to speak about beauty..eh?
What does it have to do with this painting though? Well, where I stayed in Tuscany (the Contessa’s) seemed pure perfection…especially the vineyards and olive groves. Of course I wondered off alone and I found this little olive grove full of random trees and it looked..hmmm…how shall I say it…well, it looked somewhat a mess. Yet, I thought it looked as if the little random trees were traveling to the soft light in the distance.
Now I probably should not say this for all to see, but
~I instantly felt a connection to the messy randomness~
so I had to paint it. I found the imperfections metaphorically reassuring..does that make sense? I also find this quote reassuring. Why?
#1- I often think I am going a little mad (only randomly so…no need to worry)
#2- more often than not I dwell in the ridiculous (must be why I am never ever bored)
#3- last but not least I am forever an imperfect perfectionist. (which very well may be the reason for #1 and #2!)
Hell, all is not lost though because according to Marilyn…
I may be an interesting beautiful genius! hee, hee
There is so much more I could and would say..alas time does not permit my lingering with you tonight. So I leave you now with this thought….
What if imperfection is perfection?
My, my wouldn’t that be
Love, light, and laughter to all you
Interesting beautiful genius souls out there!
Ps Some of my realist friends may find the piece below, imperfect. :) I do not deny it is different. It is another one of my symbolic self portraits (my past self)..a collage (mixed media). Surprisingly, it was awarded first place in a St Augustine show. Here is a little event notice “Out of Bounds” Before my dear perfectionist friends start emailing me..I know this is a terrible photo of the piece. I will have a better photo and tell you about it, after the show comes down on the 26 (I believe). As I often do I did a painting from this piece, and I’ll post both of them next time I post.
Here is the gallery site which is always behind on posting about the shows: St Augustine Art Association (be forewarned of obnoxious music when you open their site). Both links have phone numbers, directions, and gallery hours, just in case you are in the area and wish to see the show. :) I haven’t seen it myself, but I plan to. If any of you are going let me know when and I’ll try to go at the same time. Maybe we can have a cup of coffee or lunch. St Augustine is one of my most favorite places in Florida.
collage (mixed media) on paper
gypsy-heart, I am