I admit rest is not easy to illustrate, for me. I suppose a peaceful scene would promote rest, but I'm wanting other ways to show rest. Here, in this painting, we see my husband's knee as he is sitting outside at our firepit a while ago. We went out there for a fire this past week. It was restful to not listen to news and just listen to the crackle of the flames. We did not sit in idleness for rest. Rather, we poked the logs a lot, adjusting the burn. The change in noise and activity and focus gave some rest at least for a couple of hours.
Being in a exhibit can be work, but I'm joining with other artists for this one. And I'm choosing to exhibit some older work that is already framed and ready to go. I think three pieces will be in it. I don't know the other artists, but am resting in the idea that it will be fine. The event is not anything I planned or organized. I'm showing up to hang my work and showing up to attend the reception and eat light refreshments. I think I can have a grateful and restful attitude. I plan to exhibit "Wired" #1, 2, and 3.
After focusing on "Change" as my blog topic for quite a few months, I thought I would like to change the topic to "Rest." I am not sure what paintings I have that consider "rest," but I think it is a worthwhile topic. Resting may involve work. In the painting above, setting the table and lighting the candle may have been work. Then enjoying a meal with a candle can be calming and restful. Looking around, noticing, and also pausing with thoughts about what I am grateful for is restful.
Some of us have had some difficult times in the past. This house in Malden, Massachusetts, is now repaired and functional again. It took time and patience and hardwork and money to restore it. As a multifamily house, other people were also affected by this difficult time. I hope we can be willing to accept a process for recovery from difficult times. It may seem like a long way to go, but we can make the journey step by step.
Like telephone poles, fire hydrants are numerous in a variety of colors and locations. Dogs may find them interesting to sniff for pee-mail. We may not pay much attention to them. Their existence, however, should give us gratitude. Someone or a group of people planned the network of fire hydrants in our best interests. They are present in the landscape and stand ready to be tapped to help put out an unwanted fire.
The signs under this emergency fire escape say, "No parking under the fire escape per order of the fire department $300 fine." The cones and tape send a message, too. Not being able to park here may be inconvenient (near a convenience store), but in the event of a fire, the fire escape can be employed and people will be able to flee. It may seem useless and perhaps even annoying in the present, but its purpose is to provide egress in an emergency. I can acknowledge the need to be prepared, follow the laws, and adjust my desire for convenience.
I remember times of wondering whether my children would ever learn to tie their shoes, get up on time, be responsible, remember to say please and thank you, take care of personal hygiene willingly and regularly.... At those times I did not feel very hopeful and questioned my ability to be their parent. Thankfully, my children are reasonably responsible, clean, polite, and can tie their shoes. They now tie the shoes of their own children. I am glad that I did not stress too much (most of the time) about progress I wanted to see on my time table. Sometimes they learned by suffering natural or imposed consequences, and sometimes they learned just because of having the time and space to grow and learn.
This is a painting from my "Regarding Fire" series. On day two of high heat and humidity in my area, I thought a sprinkler would be good to cool off. This sprinkler, however, is supposed to go on in the event of heat from a fire. I believe it is to minimize the damage of fire. I wonder about what internal sprinkler systems I might have to go on in the event of heat from pressure, conflict, or frustration. How can I respond? If I have the time to intentionally wait, I can pray, read and meditate, write in my journal, rest if I'm tired, and eat if I'm hungry. Sometimes there's no time for those, so I can do my best to respond with clarity and strength, dousing the heat and not adding to it.
Here's a toy fire truck I painted. The toys belong to my two-year-old grandson. He likes to play with his fire trucks and has some other fire-fighter-related toys. When he hears sirens he often goes to the window to see if he can see a fire truck. The real fire trucks we saw at the Moody Street Fire House were overwhelmingly huge. I think he and his dad got to sit in a real fire truck a little while ago, too. Size, I suppose, is relative. Sometimes I feel big and sometimes I feel very small. Both are true.
I have two exhibits in July 2019, both on the theme "Regarding Fire." One exhibit will be at the Thomas Crane Public Library, in Quincy, Massachusetts. The Library will also have a virtual exhibit and a video interview available from their website: http://thomascranelibrary.org
The other will be at the Newton Free Library, in Newton, Massachusetts. My work will be in the Main Hall and another artist, Ruth LaGue, will be in the Gallery. We will have a reception together on July 11, Thursday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. https://newtonfreelibrary.net
These exhibits are of new work and will have some writing framed separately from the paintings. The theme will include some of the benefits, safety measures, damage, repairs, and questions regarding fire. This theme has also become metaphorical in that when we have damage-- emotionally or physically-- recovery takes time and is a multilayered process.
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Linda T. Hurd. I don't feel like a real writer or artist, but I am both.