Curiosity, cat-life and you

InnerKitty-2If you have a cat or many cats as we have had, you know they are defined by curiosity, can be clever, amusing and sometimes downright frustrating! Dogs are really human-centric, but cats simply tolerate humans. They are busy investigating!

“What are you doing, why are you here, what do you want?” These are some of the questions I want to raise in the viewer’s mind when looking at this painting.

“Curiosity may have killed the cat” as the saying goes, but  the inquisitive, investigative mind is apparently great for humans. Why?

1. Curiosity causes wonder! Wonder is a child-like state that asks, dreams and delights. When we wonder, we lose a sense of time, space, circumstance. Driving, running, painting, walking, playing an instrument all induce a state of relaxation because it suspends the dance of life. That’s why sitting on the front porch or on the back deck will always be a timeless activity. Wondering about nature and in my case, thinking about the Author of Creation brings an endless amount of questions and a desire to learn more.

2. Curiosity is a trait that demands that we explore! So, conversely, curiosity can cause discomfort. My wonderful husband is always asking why. I like that about him but sometimes the why takes a long time to think through, to answer, to find meaning and understanding.  My get-it-done mentality causes me to push the whys, the wonder, away, naturally to my own detriment.

3. Curiosity causes anxiety! That’s why we like a good story, an exciting movie. It’s good to cultivate an eager state of not knowing. We become stronger, wiser. Whenever I ask myself a question such as, “I wonder what will happen if I add watercolor to this painting,” or I sketch a composition that differs from the photograph, I cause problems, but I’m better for them. Asking why am I here, what am I created for, what’s my purpose, these are unsettling questions that are easily pushed away with an opiate dose of tv.

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A life without curiosity is flat, sluggish, dull and safe. So let your “inner kitty” spring into action this week! My challenge for you is to seek some opportunities to stretch your curiosity! If you have any curious ideas about curiosity, please comment below.

 

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Baseball and Springtime

My husband says I’m not much of a baseball fan (and he’s probably right), but some of you readers may be, so we’re resurrecting a previously posted painting to grab your attention today.

Punxsutawney Phil has stated that we will not have 6 more weeks of winter, the temperature today in my lovely central Texas town is hovering around 80 degrees, my peach trees have little buds on them and pitchers and catchers report in just 6 days (see, I do have some baseball knowledge). Spring is in the air!

We’re featuring a guest post today by one of our readers who reflected on Laura’s rendition of New Yorks Mets Hall of Famer, Mike Piazza entitled The Slugger over on his blog (just click the embedded link under “The Slugger).

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Please share your favorite baseball memories, baseball team and your thoughts on the upcoming arrival of spring. For those of you in climates where spring is farther away, hopefully this post is an encouragement and not cause for coveting those of us in warmer climes!

And my baseball loving husband is excited for this season – he’s a Cubs fan, and “next year” is almost here!

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And the winner is…….

The winner in our name the painting contest is: “Joyful Morning” from Psalm 30 “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

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What a great reminder that, no matter what sorrow comes our way, the new day promises a fresh start, and there is indeed joy to be found.

Thank you so much to all of you who participated. Thanks especially to Donna for her winning submission.

Do be on the lookout for more contests; you could be the next winner.

If you enjoy our posts and Laura’s art, please do give us a share on Facebook and point others our way. Let’s continue to build a community where we can encourage one another and appreciate the beauty around us.

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WIN a print of one of my landscapes!

It’s been an exciting time for me! Not only am I giving you a chance to win a print of one of my paintings (see below), but I was honored at a reception for local artists at the Uptown Gallery in Brooksville, Florida. 

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They are currently showing Faith, Into the Light, and the original of the print we’re giving away:

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WIN THIS PRINT BY NAMING THIS PAINTING! 

I’ve been calling this “Mission Impossible” but it just doesn’t seem right. So I’m giving everyone who reads this a chance to “Name this Painting” and win a beautiful print.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL WIN:  Your 11 x 17 print of the above painting will be number and signed (any way you like) by me, the artist. Printed on 80 lb card stock. The print will be shipped, via first-class mail, in a rigid cardboard envelope

WHEN: Now until February 7th – you’ll have it by Valentine’s Day!

HERE’S HOW TO DO IT:  Subscribe to our blog (if you haven’t already done so) so that we know how to contact you (you’ll see the subscription form in the right side bar menu), and then leave your suggestion for the name in the comment section below. The winner will be contacted via email and we’ll post the name here on our blog.

Don’t be selfish…post this on your Facebook page too! I am so excited to see your entries!!

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