This is a 24″x 36″ mixed media painting on wood.
The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.
This painting is SOLD
The past behind.
The future ahead.
Presently, lost in both,
Absent of the present.
Staying present is one of the hardest things to do, and is truly the secret to living a happy life. I know this because I have been able to live like this in snippets. Short sweet snippets. Times when I was really there. Fully THERE. Not worrying about the future or feeling guilty about the past. Those times are nirvana, they really are. Maybe it is because it is such a challenge to live presently that when we manage to do so, it makes it all the more special.
I loose touch with my ART when I loose touch with the present. My ART demands my full attention, it does not want me thinking about whether it is going to be good enough or what is going to happen to it in the future. It does not want me to compare it to other ART. It NEEDS me to believe in it and when spending time with it, it wants me to be fully engaged. My ART does not want me fretting about doing the laundry, making dinner or cleaning the bathroom. It just really wants me to give my whole self to it and have fun doing so.
Now take the word ART in the last paragraph and replace it with Children… or even spouse, friend, mother, pet or, here is a good one… SELF.
Be present as often as you can. I know it is really, really hard, but as my Mother always says ” nothing good comes easy”.