Friday, June 11, 2010

"She Knows" painting...and just a cup of coffee

 "She Knows"
mixed media & layered resin on wood
36" x 36" X 3 1/2"

I just finished a new painting and a video for you. It's a little dark compared to my usual work, but I hope you will like it.

I've been feeling a little melancholy this week. My dear friends who lived next door to us moved to another state. I've mentioned this mom a few times here, because she amazes me with her super mom abilities and shining spirit. When I was looking for a new home for us, I met her. We immediately connected because of art. Before she moved here, she owned her own pottery studio. She had a smile and a positive attitude that could light up a coliseum. Her husband was in the military and gone for months at a time. She had 3 boys, all under the age of 6, and at the time was in the process of adopting a another little boy from China. She was the reason I decided to move to this neighborhood.

With four boys next door, my half tomboy Logan was in heaven. From the start, the kids took to each other like they had known each other forever. They played together on the tire swing, and developed incredible friendships quickly. They fished for minnows in the pond, and walked home together from the school bus. In the meantime...I was busy and the their mom was busy. We'd talk occasionally on the phone when we were trying to round up our kids, we'd send each other messages on Facebook, and when we did see each other in person...we'd talk about that cup of coffee we needed to go get together. But, we never got around to it, things were always too crazy and too busy.

It's a little sad to think about...

But even though we never went out to get that cup of coffee...our bond is so strong. There was always a comfort in knowing that anytime I needed something...she was always there. We watched our kids grow and evolve together. We shared their giggles, tears, screams and even puppy love. We watched them open their circle to other kids in the neighborhood until our backyards became the hoppin' place to be for ages 9 and under.

Children seem almost fearless when it comes to becoming friends with other kids. They share a smile, find something that interests them both...and suddenly the new friendship is launched. As adults, our world is so fast paced. We don't have the time anymore. We have too many obligations, too many commitments. It's become easier to maintain our online friendships that it is to maintain our real life friendships.

So this week...I'm taking a break from everything. I'm calling up my best friend, and insist that we find some time in our schedules to get together...even if it is just for a cup of coffee. I hope you'll do the same too.

Here's the new video for the painting.


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  1. Beautiful painting Wyanne!!! I love the darkness of it and the contrast with the background!!! It's great to see you work!

  2. Gorgious, love the "gothic" feeling to it, but i also like the projects without 'people'in it very much!

    Wish i could afford an original painting from you, even a small one...

    Can't wait to watch your video(s)


  3. It's so great to have these kind of neighbors--which in turn makes you appreciate your other friendships.
    I love your new painting--I'm off to check out the video.

  4. Your story made me sad...I hate goodbyes!

  5. i love your new girl. love the video too. perfect music for it.

    i am sorry about your neighbors. that kind of change always throws me into a funk!

  6. I know it must be hard to have a good friend move away.. but.. thank goodness for all the technology that will allow you to keep in touch. When I was a kid, we wrote letters.

  7. I was just thinking about that the other day, that I seem to see my friends on special occasions only. We never seem to find the time to get together.

    Love the painting it's still you, even if it is a bit darker. :)


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