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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Changing Direction


Mysteries, Yes
by Mary Oliver

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous 
to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the 
mouths of the lambs.
How rivers and stones are forever
 in allegiance with gravity
while we ourselves dream of rising.
How two hands touch and the bonds will
never be broken.
How people come, from delight or the
scars of damage,
to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those
who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say 
"Look!" and laugh in astonishment,
and bow their heads.

I am trying out some new ideas in my paintings. Thus the title of the post; and it fit the painting as well. ;-) For this new year I thought I'd experiment with some different themes and see where those take me. I'm wanting to grow in all areas of my art and I'm also taking some workshops to help with those goals. This is also my entry for Paint Party Friday. It doesn't happen often but I'm a day early! 

34 comments:

Netty said...

Loving your latest art adventure Pam and your beautiful painting. Happy PPF, Annette x

Carol said...

I really like the new painting!!! I have a sneaky feeling that a lot of us will be trying out new adventures in our art. Looking forward to your new creations!!!

craftattack said...

Great painting, love the birds on the wire. And a whole day early - wow! Valerie

Pat Tillett said...

I like this painting and can't wait to see what becomes of your direction change... Every road leads to someplace!

Gloria said...

Looking forward to your new direction in creating art. It's interesting. I like your piece and the colors. Awesome.

Clare said...

Mary Oliver - is a wonderful poet, her words are simple yet powerful. I love the painting, the simple use of colour, blended to create just the right feeling of mystery and questions. The old fence, tumbled and broken but still useful for the birds to sit on and contemplate.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love the texture in the sky.
Rinda

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

The painting and words go together really beautifully... looking forward to seeing what you come up with next... happy ppf...xx

rex said...

This paining is brilliant. I love a bird on a wire!

Mynx said...

Just beautiful

Pointy Pix said...

What a fantastic poem. I've been reading a lot about evolution v religion recently and this seems particularly apt as far as the wonderment of nature and human nature goes! I love your painting which seems to perfectly illustrate the freedom of nature v the restraints that mankind creates for itself and the planet as a whole. (Wow, that was quite deep for first thing Friday morning!)

I look forward to seeing where your art takes you in 2012 - you always provide such wonderful food for thought!

NatashaMay said...

I love your painting and I'm always for growth and new ideas. :)

carlarey said...

Your new direction is wonderful. Love this painting on it's own, but paired with that piece of poetry, it's especially powerful.

laurie said...

beautiful words, beautiful painting,

Phoenix Peacock said...

ooo I love it! and I'm a big fan of new directions in life

La Abela said...

Very good, both the image and lyrics. XO

Ayala Art said...

I LOVE it!!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Love your interpretation of those words- such stark beauty here....beautiful!

Bill said...

Wow! The texture is just awesome! Everything about this painting is perfect. I need to copy that poem. I love it.

JKW said...

Love the painting, the birds, the wire, the sky, the field. The choice is a good one, there are many many avenues to go down with this. I look forward to seeing them. Blessings, Janet PPF

Megan said...

Enjoyed your post... what a beautiful painting, lovely textures ~ and it meshes so well with the poem.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Lovely painting ~ and Mary Oliver's poems are always inspiring for me ~ ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

SHERI C said...

Beautiful painting.
Wonderful poem!
Happy PPF!
Sheri Cook/HappyHorseStudio

EVA said...

I love your painting! How perfect to accompany such a lovely poem.

A year of experimenting sounds like such fun - looking forward to seeing what you do, Pam!

Kristin Dudish said...

I am happy to watch your journey wherever it leads... You are off to an amazing start (I love the texture... You are still the texture master!)

xo
Kristin

Mary C. Nasser said...

What a poetic image!
It's lovely!

Happy New Year and
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Belinda Carson said...

What a wonderful intertwining of poetry and art. Your piece is lovely and the title is perfect! Best of luck on your endeavors! Happy New Year!!

Geckostone said...

Wow, your "new direction" is fabulous, what an awesome painting! And thanks for sharing such a beautiful and inspiring poem! You made my morning! Deb

Beadwright said...

Your art is amazing. I love the depth of your paintings.
Nicole/Beadwright

Mandy said...

just wonderful pam...xxx

Gloria said...

I love this piece, Pam. It is mysterious as you say. I like the bright orange and the contrast of the blackbirds.

Martin (starwatcher521) said...

Those birds easily change directions ... fences don't matter. Beautiful work : )

Sadee Schilling said...

Absolutely beautiful! I really like your mixed media work--the textures are wonderful!

Venus Blues Hideaway said...

Your work is great. I love the paintings and the poems. Together they are magical. I have become a follower--can't wait to see your next piece.