I ran across this quote by Erma Bombeck:
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”
Don’t worry, it’s not the end of my life but on reflection, let’s talk about talent. There’s the creative expression that pushes and insists on being expressed. Could be in the form of art, writing, music, design, dance…you name it.
Then there are all the life challenges that force a person to dig deeper, often with resistance, to find new reserves of problem solving and discipline. These reserves come from the warehouse of dormant, undiscovered talents. As hard as it may be, give thanks for the challenges. Those undiscovered talents that rise to the surface from adversity, are gifts. The human will to survive is a most powerful source.
Sink or swim – I’d rather swim.
I visited The Irvine Museum yesterday and fell in love with art, AGAIN. My mind goes into this analysis mode: where’s the path of light, use of grayed colors, brushstrokes follow the form, underpainting visible, center of focus, texture, horizon line, subject, color palette, details….. Here’s my favorite painting from the show:
Mid-Winter, Coronado By Louis Betts (1873-1961),circa 1907, oil on canvas, 29×24