Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Balancing Act
oil on canvas
24 x 36
Sold



Here we are at the end of a full weekend filled with family and food, a tide of silence has descended upon our house, a deep and slowly undulating stillness moving room to room. There's always a void left after all participants have left and fanned across the state back to their own homes, carrying their conversations with them, tucked away in pockets and suitcases. During the holidays we balance many things, family love, emotions, sometimes walking on eggshells, but always loving them with fierce gusto. Our families are like spinning plates on top of very long wavering poles, and we, the performers, play to the audience our balancing act.



13 comments:

  1. Denny, your description of families being like spinning plates on long poles is such an apt one. I think I have nearly dropped a couple of plates recently! lololol
    This is a lovely painting; what types of birds are these?

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  2. Denny I could never paint anything so delightfully simple as this...it's beautiful and I love your post. Such a beautiful observation of family life...

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  3. Lynda~ Thank you...these birds are nuthatches, you probably have then in Michigan.

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  4. April~ Thank you too for your nice comment. I've seen your work and you're completely capable of composing a painting in the same emotional vein!

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  5. We do have nuthatches here, though not this particular one.........we have white-breasted and red-breasted nuthatches, both of which look quite a bit different from these. (I considered going to the bird book when I first saw your painting, but was just too lazy!)

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  6. Wonderful prose and wonderful paint. I really like to overt narrative quality of this one, as well as the almost 2D floral design.

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  7. Denny, your post makes me wish we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Australia. I don't see my daughters often enough and it would be a great excuse to spend some time with them - my balancing act needs refinement! Nice painting by the way.

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  8. Jeremy~ thanks for your kind comment...I was in an introspective mood last night. BTY, cute picture of your son on your blog today, keep bragging, man!

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  9. Pete~ thank you too...our girls have just left the house and we miss them all the time, so any time spent with them is special.

    Balance on, my friend, balance on.

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  10. Denny-
    What a nice ending to a great weekend.
    I'm looking forward to seeing you and April on the 9th!

    David @ Ashfield Hansen Design

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  11. David~ We're looking forward to the 9th as well!

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  12. Thanks, Betsy- I'm glad you like it and thanks for stopping by.

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