Beautifully Incomplete

I posted this on Facebook a couple days ago and was surprised that the consensus on it was, a resounding yes, it is interesting and beautiful just as it is. This is the piece I started on Dive In and Forget. On that blog post I wrote: I had no plans for it other than to finish it and enjoy it. Hmmph. I dabbled at it and I thoroughly enjoyed doing so because it was a piece I was doing only for the sake of drawing again, not because it had to turn into anything specific. At this point in the progress I set it on the shelf for a day while I went back to work on that large needle felting piece I shared the start of earlier. 


Allen walked by and commented how the drawing looked pretty cool like it was, only partly done. I chuckled in an offhand sort of way. That was over a week ago and I haven’t wanted (been able) to add any more to it since. Now that I see it, I can’t un-see it. It reminds me of how beautifully incomplete we all are, and of the strength in understanding this. All around me is the best example going - nature and the land - always unfolding and evolving, never complete but instead beautifully incomplete - as nature intended. 

So in the end, this one just might have a spot in the studio as is to serve as that reminder, and I’ll start on another - there is no shortage of ideas for artwork.

If you're curious to know, the dog is BJ, she is the most photogenic dog of my bunch. She has a look that is serious but often with a touch of concern and that’s exactly how she is.


Comments

  1. I've never commented on your blog before but have been an avid follower. I connect with your love of land and animals as I am the same. Your artistic abilities are incredible and a joy to see. You're able to capture a moment in time with depth and feeling. Thank you for sharing your life and perspective with others.

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    1. Sherri, Thank you so much for taking a moment to comment. I appreciate the similarity of philosophy toward land and animal. So important to know that others are as deeply connected. I am moving toward artwork being more front and centre in my life so your words mean a lot.

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  2. Your husband was right, Arlette. This is a wonderful drawing. You have captured her in a way that even though we have never seen her in person, we would recognize her immediately. Beautiful dog. Great job.

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    1. Typically Allen doesn't give much opinion of the artwork, other than to encourage me. He was spot on with this one.

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  3. I've been thinking; if you "finish" this drawing, it might lose something valuable, and become just another excellent piece of art.

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