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Monday, March 12, 2012

Mareth Curtis Warren ~ An Artist's Lifestyle

What a difference some paint makes!  At this point, I am about half finished.  The background needs to be more fully developed, the right side of my face needs more color and value and the areas below my hands will be a much darker tone.  The hair will also become darker showing that I am not ALL grey yet.  But, she is emerging!  Self-portraiture is a humbling experience as you deal with how you APPEAR to others ~ not how YOU think you appear.

Leads me to the quote my friend, Ted Nuttall, quotes (who got it from his daughter and where she got it, I know not!):  “I am not who I think I am: nor am I who you think I am.  I am who I think you think I am.”  Makes one curious and eager to really get it all straight.

When I turned 65, I discovered that some of life’s rules were no longer relevant.  Like having to eat lettuce stalks or doing the dishes before you go to bed or remembering your last name or even wearing matching earrings.  Now some of you who were brought up in forward-thinking households would think this odd – but my family of origin had rules – rules for just about everything.  And to quote my father, who had little quotes for us everyday, “there is a right way and a wrong way to do everything and in this family we are going to do things the right way.” The right way being his way!  All that to say that I broke the rules for white hair (see above) and it has blue, yellow, mauve, green and red in it!  It is most refreshing to be 65!

 

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