Thursday, December 27, 2012

The simple things of life

This will be my last painting of 2012, it has been a busy year, and just like others has flown by in a blur of activity. Finding time to paint has been a challenge, and it looks as if I will continue to find time only in the evenings and on the weekends to paint. Of course there are other important things that I need to put first, and this makes my time to create even more rare, precious, and enjoyable.

After painting this boy I noticed that one can find great pleasure in such a simple activity (Pushing an old tyre around) It made me realise I too can focus on the simple things of life. In fact most of the happiest people whom I have met have been those living a simple and uncluttered life.

Unfortunately many of us have been brought up to believe that our wants, are actually our needs. Advertising bombards us with visual images of the so called good life, and we assume that if we don’t get that item, we will be unhappy. It does not take long to realise that real happiness has never come from the things we own, but rather from enjoying and sharing the simple things of life with those whom we love, and even with those whom we don’t know.

So I will be trying to simplify even more, and to focus on the more important things in life, rather than on the things that are here today, but gone tomorrow.

Our Life is frittered away by detail….simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau


Stephanie Berry said...

Like your painting and the thought behind it. Easier said than done. Have a Happy New Year Roger!

Liz Clark said...

What a great painting. It says it all. Simple things can be the most enjoyable of all things in life. You captured it beautifully.

martinealison said...

Je suis très admirative devant cette dernière peinture...
J'aime son atmosphère et bien sûr les nuances de couleurs qui jouent avec la lumière.
Merci aussi de nous montrer son évolution. Cela est toujours très agréable.
Les mots et les réflexions qui accompagnent cette belle oeuvre sont pleins de bon sens.
Nous sommes noyés de choses inutiles et qui ne nous rendent pas heureux. je me dis que j'ai eu beaucoup de chance de vivre et de partager des choses extrêmement simples lorsque j'étais petite.
Je n'envie pas mes petits-enfants... On pourrait même dire que ce problème pourrait être un sujet de philosophie.
je vous renouvelle tous mes voeux pour 2013 et continuez de nous enchanter.
gros bisous et à très bientôt.

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Thank you very much for all of your comments.

Olga Díaz said...

Un gran trabajo Roger. Felicidades.
Estoy de acuerdo con tu comentario, las cosas sencillas son las más importantes en la vida.
Un saludo


Solo cuando las personas se atreven de mirarse por dentro, van a ser capaces de seguir tus sabios consejos.Preciosa pintura.

Watercolorist said...

You are so good at capturing the beauty and simplicity of Africa. Couldn't agree more about simplifying one's life. We could all take a lesson from those who live simply.

Douglas Clark said...

First I hope you had a Merry Christmas. This painting made me recall several things. I remember that we always had a tire swing in my grandmothers backyard. There also was a tire that the geese used to make their nests in. I guess all over the world people find new uses for old and worn out things.

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Thanks Douglas,I actually don't celebrate christmas for personal reasons,but I did have a great time during this period, as I had some time off from work, was able to do some painting, and spend some time with my family.

Glad the painting brought back some good memories,it is always rewarding to be able to re-use something that others might have thrown away.

Giancarlo said...

Ti auguro un 2013 che inizi bene, prosegua come desideri e che termini con grandi soddisfazioni.
Ti auguro di camminare su una strada chiamata vita, di inciampare in una pozza chiamata fortuna, di cadere in un abisso chiamato felicità.
Ti auguro un amore sincero accanto a te che sappia comprenderti e guardarti nel cuore con amore
per ciò che sei.

Roger Brown My Botswana Art said...

Thank you all for your kind comments and thoughts,hope you all continue to find a measure of happiness during all your future creations.

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