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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Luck and Art - A Dynamic Duo

Luck.
Even in the thick of darkness, weighed down by grief and shackled by heartache, luck is the light guiding me...ever onward, ever forward, filling me with hope and optimism. 
I am grateful that luck is my friend.
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Saturday morning knocked on my sleepy head nudging me out of my warm bed into an even warmer shower where sweet smelling soap and luxurious shampoo magically awakened and transformed me.
I arrived at the ferry terminal with a few minutes to spare; luck greeted me as I was told I would still make the 10:40 sailing. 
Arriving at my destination the sun peeked out from behind ominous clouds that had been forecast to be a serious threat; luck had intervened and cleared a slice of blue amongst the mounting grey swirls pushing to close the gap. I smiled.
There was time enough for a bit of a drive up island; a little pedal to the metal time when the open road and lack of other drivers gives way to freedom. Top down, hair blowing, luck washed away my worries and cast a spell of peace and contentment over me - if only for a brief moment.
Heading to my final destination on this journey, I arrived at #15 where I was met by a warm and inviting face; the very reason for my adventure stood before me.
Carole Reid, a painter and mixed media artist, was taking part in the Summer 2012 Nanaimo Artwalk and I was there to purchase some of her art; as luck would have it I found exactly what I was looking for.
My journey home was laced with luck as I found delightful conversation and palatable food to fill the hour and forty minutes needed to cross from island to mainland. In a blink of an eye I was home contemplating the adventure I would have Sunday as I introduced new art to my walls.
This weekend was filled with wonderful diversions, and luck was with me as I hung pictures without incident - no unnecessary holes in the walls and no bruised thumbs. (of course it is common knowledge I am good with a hammer - but that may still be due to luck)

The highlight, as I write this, is the profound feeling of happiness and joy these beautiful pieces of art bring to my world, for that I wish to say...thank-you Carole!

Luck.
Even in the thick of darkness, weighed down by grief and shackled by heartache, luck is the light guiding me...ever onward, ever forward, filling me with hope and optimism. 
I am grateful that luck is my friend.
__________


Here are some photos
I have chosen to hang the five Carole Reid pictures (a grouping I was immediately drawn to when viewing Carole's work) in a row rather than in any other pattern. 

I am in the early stages of preparing for major renovations to my home and these new pictures, along with others I have collected, will help guide me when it comes to choosing colours, fabrics and new furniture.




Does the art you collect influence your mood, your colour palate, your hairstyle? (well, okay, maybe not hairstyle...but what about the others?)

 Jenny


16 comments:

  1. What lovely pieces you have chosen, very nice indeed! I hope you feel better!

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  2. They are stunning. Definite mood lifters. So glad you got out of the house and enjoyed a day out.

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  3. Anonymous3:58 am

    Sounds to me like you're making a lot of your own luck Jenny. I was so pleased to read this. Ever onward, ever forward...wishing you the very best. Jeff.

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  4. Beautiful! You chose well. :)

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  5. They are beautiful, Jenny. And I am glad you are finding moments of joy in the midst of your pain.
    Karen

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  6. Jenny, thank you so much for coming to see the show and for taking these paintings home to live with you! I hope they remind you of our visit and keep making you smile. xo Carole

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  7. It's good to see you up and about again, luv. And the pics do wonderful things to the walls. That space is definitely you.

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  8. I think they look beautiful Jenny! My fiance and I are huge art collectors, and I feel best when I am surrounded in colour! Next time you are on the island, you, Carole and I should get together for coffee!

    Cheers
    Tracy

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  9. yes--i love finding a new piece of art--i am glad it lifted your spirits

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  10. Hi Jenny .. my mother's cousin lives nearby .. and Jenny visits us here - about 15 years Mum and I went out to visit .. so sort of know where you were.

    So glad you had such a lovely time with Carole - and those pictures are great - I love matching my pictures to the feel of the home and relevant room.

    Sadly - I am now matching my hair to my early prints I bought .. in a Penzance, Cornwall bric-a-brac shop .. black and white ones of Oxford Colleges (where I was at school, not uni!!) ..

    ... salt and pepper - does that go on a wall .. dead salmon do - it's the name of a paint here - I wrote about it last year - such a funny name ..

    Keep cheerful .. with thoughts - Hilary

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  11. those are some nice photos, Jennzie, I'd probably arrange them in a square. I do love me renovations! I do interior design you know....

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  12. Anonymous11:42 am

    I love them! You chose well, Jenny. I hope all is well with you. Hugs.

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  13. Sounds like this weekend was a great diversion for you and something that was needed. And the right art can really impact on the feel of your home. My stepdaughter recently did some paintings to hang in the living room - they are really cheerful and vibrant.

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  14. Those are beautiful works of art!

    We don't collect much art, but having creative and/or colorful things on the walls can brighten up a room.

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  15. THANK YOU EVERYONE - Your wonderful comments have set my day to right! Much appreciated.

    Big Hugs, Jenny

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.