Thursday, September 27, 2012

Invisible (study#3)

watercolor
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“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, 
to enter into the places of pain, 
to share in brokenness,
 fear,
 confusion,
 and anguish. 
Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, 
to mourn with those who are lonely, 
to weep with those in tears. 
Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, 
vulnerable with the vulnerable,
 and powerless with the powerless. 
Compassion means full immersion 
in the condition of being human.” 
― Henri J.M. Nouwen

sharing at
PPF and APR

49 comments:

  1. Your invisible series reminds me of the grandmothers I saw begging in Moscow, Russia in '94. About broke my heart as they were 'invisible' to the Muscovites.

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  2. Your watercolors are so amazing! The subject matter is so heart wrenching this week, and your poetry that accompanies it rings true.

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  3. A great painting, with a so much hurt and sadness in it. Valerie

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  4. Awesome painting, and powerful quote! I especially like the way you've rendered the folds in the fabric.

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  5. Minnemie, what a beautiful, dramatic and moving painting!

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  6. Fantastic. Such a moving piece of art.

    Darla

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  7. Wonderful painting with you usual excellent draftsmanship. Sad subject. I am hoping you didn't work from a photo of this desperate street person.

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    1. Sadly, I did. She is real. But her posture represents to me something many of us can relate to, at least emotionally of not physically, at some point in our lives. Need. Despair. Rejection. Loneliness. Deep pain invisible to the world. AND YET there is this little cup of HOPE she is holding out... every empty cup has the potential of being filled.

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  8. Your Nouwen quote is just as excellent as your drawing.

    You are one talented person who conveyed pain in that woman's pose.

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  9. wow this is magnificent you can really feel the woman's pain and anguish. xx

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  10. Wow, I read your comment to LW Roth above.. I can see the deep moving quality of this painting... but to read your thoughts on it makes it even more powerful. Beautiful. Happy PPF

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  11. What an amazingly powerful painting.
    Thank you for bringing attention to this subject/crisis.
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  12. Such a gorgeous painting, but so sad it breaks my heart to think of this poor woman.
    Beautyful work!

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  13. This is such an extraordinarily compassionate rendering. It is painful and BEautiful all at once. It holds something I understand and yet something I wish to as well.

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  14. beautifully done, so heartbreaking, such moving commentary. xo

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  15. Wow...so heart felt and full of emotion, not to mention the beautiful way you painted it. I really like how you put her partially behind the lines in the road! Excellent piece. ♥

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  16. I hope this series is going somewhere Minnemie... there's a powerful message in them, it's a pity if they were to end up in the studio. I'm sure the UN, UNESCO etc could use them with your passion and talents.

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  17. Such a powerful painting and quote-so beautifully done! HPPF!

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  18. Your Invisible is a beautiful and moving piece, Minniemie. Also, the quote by Nouwen is quite powerful and suits the painting very well.

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  19. Wow! Excellent painting filled with emotion ~ very moving ~ as well as your poetry ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  20. Hello Minnemie:)You made us all take a look in an other world. Sometimes we forget it is still there. It can happen to all of us! Beautiful painted!

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  21. Heart wrenching, incredibly beautiful :0)

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  22. oh goodness, this is gorgeous and so touching.

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  23. You've captured such emotion here! Happy PPF!

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  24. Stunning work that pulls at your heart Minnemie
    I thought your reply to L.W. Roth incredibly perceptive and moving.
    I know this image will stay with me for some time. xoxo

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  25. beautiful painting and powerful words! I particularly like the last sentence.

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  26. Wow...this is so thought-provoking and powerful. I think anyone who stopped to look at it could not walk by the next person they saw in pain without stopping to help.

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  27. This painting is so wonderful! I love your work.

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  28. So moving, I am truly touched, by both your words and the painting. Beautiful and soul-touching.

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  29. as always truly moving and beautifully rendered. I'm so glad to see that you painted her again, amazing work Minn. Have a terrific weekend my friend.
    Best,
    Jenn

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  30. so very powerful. both the painting and the words you chose to go with it. heart wrenching.

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  31. That is just stunning work and the whole series has been really special...xx

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  32. Another incredible piece of art. You have a very deep and beautiful soul. Lotsa hugs from me and HPPF.

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  33. wow - such a powerful image! amazing.
    (visiting from PPF)

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  34. Magnificently soul-stirring..beautiful!
    You are an amazing artist..and your work carries such soul, light and spiritual beauty! Outstanding!!
    Victoria

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  35. Most powerful art and words!! Wow such an important piece to stave of judgement!

    Excellent, thanks for sharing...the hands are so telling!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  36. This has stirred up so many emotions in me and my heart fills with even more gratitude for all that i am blessed with :) Your subject is so true but at the same time shows hope...

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  37. Such a strong picture! It grabs you by the throat. Very sad. The words that accompany it are perfect. Great work, you've shown the despair really well! ♥

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  38. this is so beautifully, painfully, moving. When I visited my daughter in Prague last spring, I was so touched that the homeless there never verbally ask for money, but prostrate themselves in front of you, cup extended. It is heartbreaking.

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  39. Truly beautiful work, very touching

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  40. An absolutely stunning piece of art, very well done !

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  41. Wow.. am amazing piece. Very moving. HPPF

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  42. This is outstanding. as always you amaze me with your ability to illustrate a piece of prose perfectly. this piece is so moving. simply stunning.

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  43. Well I keep coming back here to this post but I don't even know what to say. It's a very beautiful and affecting painting, that's for sure! Just amazing the way you've captured the spirit of this woman. Wow!

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  44. I love how you have defined and expressed the word compassion through your beautiful painting and reflective and thoughtful words.I love the way you inspire me and I really enjoy reading and looking at what you share in your blog!

    Your new follower,

    Duaa

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