Saturday, January 30, 2010

Another on it's way...

I have just completed my fourth and last piece of a "journey" series. The leaf (our lives) takes us down the journey until it reaches it's destination. Prints of this series can be seen on display at the Eagle Crest Conference Center from January 29 to April. They are located on the second floor hallway.
My teenagers think that I should start a different subject matter but I see that the water series can be expanded into all four seasons...similar to our lives. The water can take on so many more different colors of the palette! I can't wait to start taking more photos!
My next piece is a maple leaf getting caught up in the turbulent water. It takes on an almost abstract quality.
In March I'll be turning 50. Turning 30 didn't bother me, nor did 40...but 50? My kids are at the age where they are becoming independent. They still need the love, advice and guidance but soon they will be on their own. What do I want to do without regretting years later? Some want to parachute...I'm afraid of heights! Some want to scuba dive...I'm afraid of deep water (my swim instructor (in 1969) threw us in the deep end and said swim!). Some want to see the world...I'm afraid of flying! I'm a real barrel of fun!!! Here's my idea of exhilaration.....changing up my style of drawing. Take my conservative style and go unconventional! Ha! Now don't laugh, this is a big step for me! I just have to remind myself of the quote by William Whewell..."every failure is a step to success"
Anybody have any better ideas to celebrate a 50th? I told my family no party. I'm not one for the spotlight. I'd love to hear what other 50+ ladies have done for their birthday?

6 comments:

Lynda Schumacher said...

In the movie "You've Got Mail", Kathleen Kelley ponders: "Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well not small, but valuable. And sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave?" I have come to realize increasingly over the past couple of years that though there are many things that I like about my "small" life, I have also allowed my fears to dictate many things. I am seeking to change that, and oh! what fun!.......but I am not going parachuting! hahahaha. Welcome to five-0, Dianna. Your new water piece is lovely. Miss you.

Lynda Schumacher said...

Ooops - ALMOST welcome to five-0........you are not quite there yet!

Dianna said...

Thanks Lynda! You're right! I think most of us still seek that acceptance by peers as we did in high school.
It is fun to let go and be my own! I embarass my teenagers sometimes but then again don't they give us gray hair? I think that's an even exchange! He! He!

Teresa Mallen said...

This latest work is beautiful!! I haven't had the 50 experience but I think choosing to have the courage to step outside your comfort zone artistically is a good thing. Have fun and experiment. Since you have until March to plan, I am sure you can come up with something special to do on 'the day'. My husband and I usually spend our birthdays hiking in wilderness parks that are near us. Of course we have a nice dinner and gifts too but spending time in nature is the highlight. Lynda is right, live life without fear!

Dianna said...

Thank you Teresa! Since I nanny about 12 hours a day (4-5 days a week) I may ask for the day off and draw with a good cup of tea. Now THAT would be a good birthday! He! I'll let you know what I decide to do.

Barbara Goodsitt said...

BEAUTIFUL!