Without art, the crudeness of reality
would make the world unbearable.
- George Bernard Shaw
This time of year is so fragile for so many.
When we hear about things like the massacre in Peshawar,
or the woman in Australia who killed her children,
it's hard not to lose faith in humanity.
And for anyone who is sensitive to the pain of others
(yes, I mean me)
it's that much more difficult not to curl up in a ball
and hide in a cave for eternity.Hiding in a cave may shelter us
from the bad stuff happening all over the world
but it would also shelter us
from the good stuff.
And I don't know about you,
but I don't wanna miss
any of the good stuff out there,
nor the good people spreading love rather than hate.
So instead of looking for my own cave,
Sometimes the art makes no sense to me
(like the 2 watercolours above)
but for some reason,
after I've done them,
I feel better about everything.
I feel more grounded.
Like I've spilled something on paper
that was weighing down my heart.
It solves nothing except to comfort my own soul,
maybe that's enough.
And then of course,
there's always the beauty of nature.and more art...
(acrylic on paper)...and a walk on a dirt road
(before the snowfall you saw in the first photo!)
oh my, books!the one I'm currently reading (Small Victories)
and below, a list of some of my favorite books
and graphic novels,
in case you have time on your hands
during the holidays.
And a couple of great Christmas songs
to get you in the mood!
Merry Christmas everyone! xx