24 October 2007

above : still life on a little table featuring a vintage book
by one of our favorite authors, Edward Ardizzone.

Well it's that time of the year,
when the sun shines most days, and one is
reminded of sunny days on the beach,
dipping into the waves, and relishing the sight
of the vast blue distance of the sea.
I'm yearning to visit the beach again.
Alas, without transport, sometimes we miss out,
and so, painting what I miss is the next best thing.
I tell you what, when I was in the thick of painting this
mural, it felt almost as if I were there - so engrossed in
the work was I.

This is the mural I painted for my children's bedroom.
Yes, I have posted images of this mural before,
but this is in a new location.
We rent, so, the mural comes with us, and we pin it straight
back onto the new walls theres no stopping us!

Sometimes we're lucky enough to stay at our
very generous friends beach house -
'The Shack' as they like to call it -
a little, run down beach house
on the Ninety Mile Beach.
What a delight it is to camp outside as I like to do,
and hear the distant sounds of the waves as they crash
on the shore. In a word 'bliss'.
There's something about camping out
as opposed to boarding a luxurious motel,
give me a run down shack or a tent anyday!
It is then that we can savor the delights of what
nature has to offer us - and she is so generous!

So until the summer holidays I must wait and hope for the opportunity
to arise again!

*please note - we are a normal family and I
tidied up the kids bedroom before these shots were taken!!! he, he!


Angela Louise said...

Thanks Andrea for your encouraging, oh, and wise words!he,he It looks to me that YOU have been playing in your kids' room. The shells look good against the mural. I am totally in tune with you regarding camping. I think the last time we went to the beach when we stayed in the motel....not a flash one at that...we did it so the kids could see what it was like before they all get older and leave home.John and I have always camped and before we had kids we would even go off on the motorbike with a tent, a tiny pumpup shellite stove, one saucepan which we used to cook our vegies in and to boil water for coffee,a small frying pan, a few basic food supplies and some bedding.We would buy milk, meat and vegies at the last possible place as we went through the last town for the day before we stopped at a national park for a night or two. No esky...nothing.Ah, those were the days.I could tell you some wonderful communing with nature type stories but I don't want to bore you to tears.
Have a great day and even better weekend, Angela.

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She Who Flies said...

Great mural! I'm sure your children find it both inspiring and comforting :-)

andrea v said...

well, SPIRIT followers of course, because most people can't see them, but I can...Ghandi is there, as is Mother Teresa...

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scott lakes said...

Have you ever seen the usual portrayal of Maimonides (Moses ben Maimon)? The is an image of him handed down maybe for only a couple hundred yrs/or less tho' he lived 800yrs ago. My bro did a realistic rendering of him in pencil. If you could do that I'd buy,(caricature-like U do) but I will buy anyways...the gandhi One, probably in about a week, unless my request is valid--then U tell me. Maimon is a word for one who is faithful--he's a Jew, but muslims were more likely to call themselves Mu'min since the Quran was laid out--in their own rt. Great connecting w/U...my wife called you "very creative, interesting."

scott lakes said...

I saw an interesting image of Maimonides on a website of Israeli stamps portraiture. If it's possible/ & if not I totally understand. New stuff on my blog sister...the higher U climb the more ur exposed...