Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Peaceful Painting

It seems like I've been busier than a one-armed paperhanger the past few days and have barely had a chance to sit down and catch my breath since starting out on my adventure to Boston last Friday with Jamie. Between that whirlwind tour of a good part of Beantown and coming back home to working a couple of extra shifts, I haven't had much time to do anything other than feel overwhelmed. Perhaps I need some good diet pills to give me a little boost of extra energy? It would be an added bonus if they actually curbed my appetite, too!

This evening I finally decided to sit down for a minute, take a breather, and just relax for a few moments. One of the best ways I know how to do that is to park myself on the couch and gaze at my very favorite painting that hangs in the living room -

Even though it's your generic run-of-the-mill mountain landscape that can be bought at any starving artist sale or flea market (I did, in fact, buy this at the Roseville Flea Market outside of Sacramento, California in 1984), I really like it as it's just so peaceful and relaxing. If I look at it long enough I can almost smell the scent of pine and hear the wind as it quietly rustles through the trees and it never fails to relax me and calm me down.

What about you? Do you have a favorite painting or picture that you like to look at - one that helps you to unwind or de-stress?

20 comments:

  1. it is really pretty and i like it too!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  2. What Empress Bee said. I have a print by Monet called the luncheon that I like very much. It always makes me smile. You are working way too hard I fear. Try to get some rest. Big hug. :)

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  3. It is a beautiful painting. :)

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  4. Nope. I do not have a picture I like to look at to relax me. Which is weird, b/c I love, love, love art...I like my pictures that I took of Boston, but...it doesn't soothe me.

    I'll have to work on getting something pretty to look at to calm me down. Cause, you know...I'm a raging freak. ;)

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  5. Why would a one-armed person become a paper-hanger, anyway?
    I mean, wouldn't they be more suited to something like oh, I don't know, chief pointer?

    I have a papyrus of Horus that I got in Egypt that hangs on the wall opposite my bed. It's my 'relax' artwork.

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  6. oh yes, I do, it's a seascape...maybe I'll post it....

    Of course then there's my eutopia pic by Mary Englebreit, do you remember that one?? It's on my computer desktop and I just look at it and feel my shoulders relaxing.


    OOOOOOOOOOOOO

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  7. I think it's lovely. I favor mountain scenes, too.
    The only print we own is the dog sleeping on a bed in a farmhouse. It's a famous print...not sure by whom. I need more art.

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  8. I love landscape paintings ... especially those done in an impressionist style. Those done in bright colors invigorate me ... and I find pastoral scenes so peaceful!

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  9. I have this colorful painting I bought in Dominican Republic. There are mostly oranges and yellows, it is people and donkeys and ocean and palm trees at the sun set. Its in our living room and I love looking at it every day as well.

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  10. I actually do not have a painting or a picture...mine is a song "Mountain Jam" by the Allman Brothers...about 50 minutes long it takes me away from the real world...

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  11. It's not important what others think of this picture, it's important what you feel about it !

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  12. It's not important what others think of this picture, it's important what you feel about it !

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  13. LOL @ Mo!

    I have lots of art in my condo, none in the airstream. Nothing really soothes or calms me.

    Now I *DO* have some mental artwork... the beacehs of Captiva, the shores of Lake Barkley in the Fall, and the edge of the Swiss Alps.

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  14. My 'Godspeed' print by Blair-Leighton is a good one. for that.

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  15. I love the painting, Linda. It looks like a Thomas Kincaid painting, and you know how expensive those are.

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  16. No painting soothes me like looking out my own window at the lake on one side or the trees on the other side. It's a little peace of heaven right here in Mayberry...hugz

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  17. I prefer to go to the mountains when I need to relax! :D I'm actually headed back to the mountains this weekend to go camping with friends. Can't wait to smell the clean air again.

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  18. I have a Turner print from the 40s in my living room of two Victorian ladies playing a harp and singing (in those wonderful dresses!) by a fireplace. I've imagined a thousand times what their conversation might be....

    Very nice painting here. I can see why it relaxes you. I think I'll gaze awhile. Do you mind?

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  19. If I ever remember to get all my pictures from my trip out to Colorado printed out, I would love to just stare at them.

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  20. Nothing that actually relaxes me, but some that make me smile for reasons that are hard to explain in a comment section.

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