I recently read an article profiling the iconic Canadian songster Bryan Adams in the October edition of Zoomer... a broadly-read and equally iconic Canadian magazine. There were a number of interesting facts and quotes in the article regarding maintaining creative... handling of success... maintaining reality... and one's humility!
Here is one quote in particular that struck me as important. Music, without any argument is a "trigger" for nostalgic wanderings backwards in life. A single song has the uncanny ability to link itself and a generation to a specific moment... event, or person in our lives.
The oft- used colloquialism, "Mind your P's and Q's"... is but one of many that my Mom threw my way whenever she felt that I needed direction... encouragement... or admonishment. All of these, I was to come to better appreciate at this current stage of in my life... are ongoing and deeply held convictions of all parents for their emerging adolescent and adult children.
Another one... which is likely a synonym for the one used above was : "Get your ducks all in a row before jumping into things." Yet another was derived from my Scottish grandparents and their era. "If you're nae with the corbies (crows)... then you'll nae be shot at." The list seemed ... too endless... during those painful growing up years and yet this morning, upon reflecting backwards (as I have of late) in my life... I have come to more fully respect her caring... and considerably wise intent. Some folks regard these as merely "cliche". I choose not to view them in that way. They remain for me... "road markers" set down by her for me which still today... encourage me to reflect and consider my actions more carefully. And the "Speaker"... has long since left the room!
This morning, as I enjoyed my (first) morning keyboard coffee, I turned the November page of the Norman Rockwell calendar from Newell's Garage to December's Waterman Pen Santa. How much nostalgia seeps out in that one page gesture and reflection? HA HA!!
Waterman Pens?... I wonder if Santa uses a "Sharprie" these days! HA HA!!!
Nostalgia is most certainly at its zenith in all of our lives at this time of year, as we shift trajectories from thoughts of Remembrance and Thanksgiving... orbiting towards that Christmas Star... and all the while maintaining... "visions of sugar plums" (and Santa thoughts)... that dance through our heads"!
I will close out today's post with a few extra "P" words that I have come up with to help move my thoughts and my actions past this hopefully joyful season and into readiness for my New Year calendar of events and responsibilities... already filling up too quickly. A very bright and promising start for 2015 has already masnifested itself for me. But that's a story ... for another day!
Here are my list of "P" words that I have been considering:
Plein air paint more often... and Persevere.
Paint only the things that I have a Passion for.
Exhibit only those paintings which encourage inner Pride.
Paint with People who share my Principles and Passion... in new places.
Do "Push ways" (from the table) sooner... and shave smaller Portions! ha ha!
As for the "Q" parts...
Increase Quantity... but... maintain and improve Quality.
I wish to share a holday trip down memory lane - a looking back at a collection of Twelve Christmases Passed.
Hope that you enjoy this joyful reflection!
" The Family Gathering" - oil on canvas 30x36 inches
"Team Canada One" -oil on canvas 48x60 inches
"Eldorado Gold": oil on canvas 48x60 inches
"Winter-locked... at Workworth" - oil on canvas 36x48 inches
"Embracing Winter... and Life" - oil on canvas 30x24 inches
"Minuet d' Hiver" -oil on canvas 36x30 inches
"Not a Creature was Stirring... Hillsdale" - oil on canvas 12x16 inches
"Winterlude" - oil on canvas 24x30 inches
"Winter's Back is Broken" - oil on canvas 12x16 inches
"Afternoon Recess" - oil on canvas 36x36 inches
"The Real Hockey Night in Canada" - oil on canvas 24x18 inches
" L'Heure d'or - Les Eboulements, Charlevoix, Quebec
oil on canvas 20x24 inches
An early Happy Holidays from Bruce and Deb
Good Painting!... to ALL!!!