Thursday, August 16, 2012

finding beauty

watercolor

“And I learned what is obvious to a child... 
That each day should be spent finding beauty
 in flowers 
          and poetry 
                                   and talking to animals. 
That a day spent 
             with dreaming 
                 and sunsets 
                                               and refreshing breezes 
cannot be bettered. ” 
― Nicholas Sparks

sharing at PPF

47 comments:

  1. Lovely words and lovelier painting!

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  2. what abeautiful piece! I really like the contrasts and the sense of discovery

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  3. Oh this has such a sweet feel to it...so beautifully done, colors muted, feel the beach...feel the softness of the children...like love.

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  4. Wow. The mood and feeling of this is incredible. Beautiful.

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  5. Lovely painting and quote. I just returned from a few days at the beach with my son, and have always marveled at how he can entertain himself there for hours without a single toy. Nature's playground is the best.

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  6. Beautiful painting and quote! Valerie

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  7. The image has a lot of energy, but at the same time looks very peaceful, beautiful.

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  8. Lovely painting. Great pattern of lights and darks.

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  9. wonderful painting so full of tender atmosphere. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  10. Beautiful - each week you inspire me with your amazing ability to create a stunning art work that perfectly capture the emotion of the quote or phrase you use. I love everything about this and the quote is so completely true - we need to remember to find wonder in the world the way a child does without thinking!

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  11. Love the way you have left areas of negative space, with light against dark this painting is so good.

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  12. This is so emotionally appealing, and can be interpreted in so many ways. Wonderful my friend. Happy PPF to you and a wild and happy weekend with your 'men'. Liefs en soentjies.

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  13. Love the painting, and the quote! As a mother to a small boy, both the painting and the quote are close to my heart. :-) Did you use a reference photo?

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    1. Yes Hwee, I did. It was an old black and white from several years ago when where we were at the beach with friends on a freezing cold day in April! The children were bundled up but enjoyed the adventure as much as always... it is an (almost) all-weather magical place!

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  14. Beautiful combination of painting and words!

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  15. A fabulous painting and quote Minnemie...yet again in awe of your work :D
    Have a wonderful weekend ~ whatever you have planned...enjoy! xoxo

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  16. I love this whole post...so wonderful!

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  17. Beautiful painting with the strong contrasts.

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  18. I love the words and I love the painting. Makes me want to be standing there with those two. Lovely work. Happy PPF

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  19. Excellent painting ~ divine! ~ Poem is so fitting ~ lovely ~ A Creative Harbor)

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  20. What a wonderful painting!! and I love the poem that goes along with it!!!

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  21. Amazing! Those 2 kids in your painting evoke such a feeling of childhood!!

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  22. Amazing painting! It seems to me, dear minnemie, that the child inside you is still there and happy, painting pictures, finding light. That's a blessing!
    Warm regards.

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  23. I love the "pieces of light" in your paintings. It just makes them come alive - beautiful.

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  24. Awesome, the way you handle light is amazing! Great beach feel and beautiful quote, too!

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  25. Yes it is an amazing painting Minnemie.I like the black and white of it not really black and white. There looks to be some amazing passages of subtle color among the stark lights and darks.

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  26. wonderful painting and an equally beautiful poem to live by!

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  27. Wow, this is so cool! How you used so few colors to illustrate so much storytelling! The little figures are so cute, particularly the girl who seems anxious to get down to the water's edge. It could be a very magical place, with so many narrative possibilities.

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  28. Wonderful painting and poem!
    Love your painting's tints and composition!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  29. Hello Minnemie:) Oh how I love your painting. So full of love! The poem is beautiful, especially the first part. Love it:)

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  30. Wow, this is really beautiful, the contrast and the sharpness of the figures is just amazing.

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  31. As always, beautiful and powerful!
    cheers, dana

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  32. I like the softness of this. It's a wonderful painting and the poem truly awesome. Thanks.

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  33. Wonderful..Just Wonderful. I see the beauty. HPPF.

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  34. Lovely watercolor and nice choice in the quote. :)

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  35. This piece is absolutely stunning. I love how so much of it is just shadows, and yet it is still a complete picture...

    The words are lovely, and so true, at least for me. We lose so much of what is really important about life when we stop being children. Art has brought some of that magic back into my life!

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  36. Beautiful art and words, such a powerful message!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  37. This is a very clever painting ... it found beauty.

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  38. Mmm, sounds like a perfect day to me. I love this beach scene with it's long evening shadows.

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  39. You did an awesome work with this painting. You can see the wonderment in the children. Love the quote! It goes perfectly with your painting. Thank you for visiting me even though I didn't participate in PPF. :-) xo

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  40. Awww, the little children teach us. . . good words for a good painting. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  41. Simply wonderful. Little colors and big painting. You are a great artst. Congratulations. Hugs

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  42. This is just so beautiful! Love the lightness, and the colour palette!

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