Thursday, July 25, 2013

I love you... or do I love me?

watercolor


“The beginning of love 
is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, 
the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. 
If in loving them 
we do not love what they are, 
but only their potential likeness to ourselves, 
then we do not love them: 
we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them” 
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

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32 comments:

  1. Amazing technique here! I love it.
    And the quote is powerful too! HPPF!

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  2. so much energy in this ~ fantastic

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  3. Oh I totally love this work ...batik style...and the colors are so gorgeous...the words are absolutely true and touching :)

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  4. What a beautiful piece of prose and so very true - something I think we are all guilty of a little! I love the composition and subject matter of your piece and the colours are wonderful. Gorgeous work as always.

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  5. Beautiful


    :-) I love your work, the colors you use and the depth and wisdom of words you choose to accompany it!

    Happy PPF
    Ilona xx

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  6. This is so beautiful, love the textured feel to it.

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  7. words for thought most definitely....love this abstract painting, so much to take in with all the brush work. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  8. The quote is a gem

    How did you get the crackly appearance on the paper?

    Beautiful. The eyes ARE Merton's words.

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    1. Nancy, the batik-like lines came from randomly blowing masking fluid and paint with a straw. The other textures came from my ever faithful friend, Salt:-)

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  9. Beautiful words and art.....SOOO true!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. this is stunning! Happy PPF

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  11. This is gorgeous! I am so in awe of your unique, creative style and the things that you can express with your art! I love that poem, too. I had never heard it before but it's beautiful!

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  12. Yes I do love you all and I love your art lots and lots. Happy PPF dear heart.

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  13. Love this, all the layers of line, color and texture are fabulous! HPPF!

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  14. This is so very beautiful-wow! I love how you got that crackle -like effect-brilliant!

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  15. I love the batik fabric feel of your painting, as well as the truth in the quote you chose this week. Blessings!

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  16. Love the title... love the painting!!!
    Happy weekend!
    Renee
    http://fussitup.blogspot.com/2013/07/dreaming-and-paint-party-friday.html

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  17. I just read how you achieved those awesome lines, WOW! Beautiful painting.

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  18. Very cool--I like the batik look of it.

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  19. Beautiful birds! Really cool batik-like effect! Terrific!

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  20. Your art is stunning. You always amaze me. I'm so inspired. One day I hope to be as talented as you.

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  21. This is a fabulous piece. I love your artwork - the quote is just wonderful. So often we just love someone to be like ourselves - that's why so many marriages fail. It's hard work to love people for their differences.

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  22. Beautiful, love your colors and the original technique! <3

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  23. Absolutely wonderful Minnemie,
    The painting is so beautiful. I think I could pick your work out from anywhere...it's so distinctive and the palette you've used is just beautiful.
    I also think the quote is very poignant, especially for me right now. I'm having a battle with my hubby as we try to settle back into our old home and each of us is having such opinions about what should be done and where! Imagine he's trying to interfere with the nest and I don't like it! (lol)
    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for sharing your fabulous work. ;D
    xoxo

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  24. I love your quote from No Man is An Island, our class moto--ironically at an all girls school. Fond memories. I love your painting as well. Broken lines, values, large shapes all coming together in a brilliant composition. Lovely.

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  25. I have no idea how you accomplished this beautiful painting with water color. Wow, I love it, the ambiance of it, the perfectly shaped birds. . .it takes my breathe away. The Merton quote is perfect. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  26. love all the texture going on in this painting!! very nice

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  27. At first I thought you changed gears and moved on to Batik. This is Gorgeos!!! I so love your animals and these are amazing! Not been to see hippos yet. Will keep you posted :)

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  28. This is absolutely FANTASTIC, Minnemie!!! A gorgeous technique...and the quote is very powerful...I hope you are well!!

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  29. Fabulous textures and great poetry too.

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