Sunday, October 31, 2010

Oct 31st “What Do You See?”

"I rose early and headed to one of my favorite spots for the sunrise. Every time it is beautiful in a whole new way, at least to some of us.

As I parked and looked all around as usual, the first of the visitors, human, arrived. He popped out of his little SUV and gathered all his camera paraphernalia for the expectant observance. Back and forth he arranged himself between benches finally taking a position on his knees. He draped something over the bench where he could take that shot of a lifetime. Not at all settled he went back and forth for coffee, a parka, a blanket, a magazine and of course a stroll here and there to see if one better position was available.

Next came the second observer with his binoculars inspecting every inch of land and sea as far as his head would move in either direction. Coffee sipping and radio at a good blast he sat comfortably in the driver seat with the motor on and I believe the heat blasting.

Somewhere in between stopped a young woman who opened the car door took a picture and drove away.

After that, the dance started to unfold with reds against the darkness of night. A fairly solid ribbon of clouds stood atop the horizon line. They gave way to the sky which had a few brushstrokes of cloud cover whisking their way as they traveled through the scene. As the intensity of the coming drama clarified, those brushstrokes turned them from grays to magenta. The smaller strokes that guarded the suns entrance door intensified with a mixture of yellow and white. The sky played in by turning into a powerful cyan backdrop.

I opened the window and said to the binocular guy, “Wow is that beautiful!” To which he answered, “Well, I come here every day.” I retorted, “And it’s beautiful and new each day it takes place” and then I rolled the window up.

The drama and the colors kept up their performance as all colors and changes intensified.

I guess at that point, the guy with the camera had enough as he packed all his gear and left. I wanted to yell at him and say,” Hey wait a minute; you’re going to miss the best part”. I let him go as he wouldn’t have ever heard me over the binocular guy’s motor and radio.

And then, the tops of that ribbon sitting on the horizon at the entry to the coming sun seemed to have been lit on fire as the sun outlined those clouds. That outline exaggerated itself down the entire face of each cloud as the hot spot of eye weakening sun started to peak through. As the sun formed a circle and dominated every aspect of the scene as far as the eye could see, it was time to retreat or have your pupils burned out of your head.

Binocular man left, probably seeing just another sunrise, ho hum.

And me, well I tried to drive away with those spots of light planted in front of my eyes from what I had just experienced. I couldn’t help but think how blessed I was to see that magnificent reminder of our Creator’s hand as well as those observations of the human race.

Some look and see. Some look and don’t see. Some know what’s going on and some don’t. Some try every sort of position and manipulation to get something that may or may not be valuable. Some buy everything and then end up missing the best part. Some stop by for a look and some for a quick shot. Some ride by never even seeing what’s around them. Some stop by, don’t have a clue why and think everyday it’s the same. Some even get their pupils burned.

If you get a chance look, see, stare, gaze, ponder and reflect, and then thank God for everything in which He allowed you to participate."

“Hello, are we there yet, you’ve heard it before
Stop, smell the roses, look out from every door
Stay the course; fight for what you vowed to do
Look at life; look at people; look at things anew
Observe life and all those who really live each day
Be thankful for all things and all who come your way!”

“Great paintings remind you everyday of what’s truly important! They can mark your life. When you find such a pearl of great worth acquire it. Have a wonderful and productive week.”

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"

Douglas Auld

Copyright MMX Auld, Ltd

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Oct 24th “Paint, Petals, & Poof”

Size: 12" X 16" Giclee' on Canvas Hand Embellished by the Artist; Certified & Limited From "The Swans Of The Cape Collection". - Click HERE - Find the ENLARGED paintings with details, pricing, shipping and more as well as my comments on the paintings.

"We’ve taught them how to cry, how to whine, and how to get their way. We’ve praised them and patted them till they believe no one is as good as them. We’ve given them everything they wanted.

What we forgot was to give them what they needed.

All of this has led to a massive breakdown of truth, value, family, caring and sacrifice for worth. It has led to massive crime and gang build up, cocaine in high schools and junior high, total disrespect for any adult, a tidal wave of meism, self gratification, incomparable greed, and a throwaway society.

The teaching of art has been replaced by playtime with paints, the coddling of every individual, the praise of the ungifted and the practice of the worthless. It’s no wonder pillows are more important than paintings.

Criticism and critiquing for improvement cause an uproar because it introduces and goes against ones self-esteem. Pushing someone to improve and do better is frown upon because they may feel bad or be looked at by someone else.

We can’t even wake up and smell the roses because the thorns have replaced the petals. Is anyone listening? Well, take the phones out of your ears, stop texting and playing your favorite perverted video all while you are driving and think about it. Everybody wants more for less. You know what? We are really getting it!"

“Doesn’t take much to break things down and apart
Simple consistent falsities will truly break the heart
Allowing the truth to decay and be thrown out
Leads to unrealistic thinking and permeates doubt
Choices false and selfish show others the wrong way
And when the hammer drops many have to pay!”

“Great paintings find a way to our heart and remind us of the importance of truth. Find one that keeps your heat pointed in the right direction. Have a wonderful week!”

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"

Douglas Auld

Copyright MMX Auld, Ltd

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Oct 17th “Filters”

Size: 18" X 28" Giclee' on Canvas Hand Embellished by the Artist; Certified & Limited From "The Abstract Collection". - Click HERE - Find the ENLARGED paintings with details, pricing, shipping and more as well as my comments on the paintings.

"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house …wait it’s not that night. It’s today in a week full of stuff that has just gone by and you haven’t had time to think, stop, let alone recall all that went on. Will you take that time? Will you make the effort to process what has taken place? Will you throw some of that stuff in the garbage or file some of those things to be added to your being and who you are?

The world and most of us had a glimpse of those men coming out of a rock grave alive after just about every human ounce of creativity went into constructing a safety, rescue net. Did you see their faces, see the emotion see the family reunions, see the national spirit, see the relief?

Did you hear of the outburst on the view and the rankling? We’re you in agreement or disagreement with what was said, how it was said, or who it was said by?

Did you have a personal event that was unique, monumental, insightful, or life changing? Did your fear, anger, remorse, or satisfaction spill out from within you to make you think about, act on, or fulfill something with or for someone?

Do you do all or any of these things like it was the night before Christmas, with a pure heart, a forgiving spirit and an honesty you haven’t seen in yourself before, or for a long time?

Pretty interesting isn’t it, how many filters we have or we put in place to process communication, thoughts, feelings, emotions, circumstances and situations.

Like great paintings, especially great abstract paintings, when we engross ourselves in them, they allow us to get a mind cleaning experience, a clear look, a comprehensible or clearer vision of ourselves. Make that jump, experience that process for yourself.

We’ll speak more of these things in the future…"

“Life would be more understandable if we had a book
Truth, we do you know if you would only look
The words don’t give you footsteps from “a” to “z”
It gives you insights to what is and what will come to be
We all need to stop, turn around, and find the right way
Don’t wait too long or there will be nothing more to say!”

“Paintings add to the clarity of focus and the decisions of the mind if you allow them to speak their messages to your heart! Hope you have a chance to engage with some this week. Have a good one!”

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"

Douglas Auld

Copyright MMX Auld, Ltd

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oct 10th “Three Tens”

"The almost annual quick truck to Maine produced a couple of days of high interest. From driving in nonstop rain, library internet, scouting the sites to find a few vintage pic to paint from and of course a couple of succulent lobsters.

I couldn’t help but see the high drama between people, places and things as well as God’s ever changing painted landscapes that He placed before me. The Master Artist having stroked His fantastically created panorama which feeds the soul. It causes one to stop and think and be overwhelmed by visual beauty, clarity of focus and color beyond belief.

Here there are people being fed by the economics of the seas and the services that needs of others create. There are visitors from distant states and lands all living and moving through the motions of life. From quaint, charm filled shops to the stacks of lobster traps all placed from ruff and gulling lives of the fishermen, it is all happening all around you. People are involved with politics, family, tragedy, crime, school, government, recreation, enjoyment, nature, and on and on as life carries forth.

There is a charm and purity even in the air you breathe. Oh, yes there is all the small town gossip, the stories of choices, cheating and connivances, but there is also a freshness and hope that isn’t evident in the hustle and hassle that’s in city life.

For me it’s a time to reflect, see a different time, hear the history once more, and be overwhelmed by how good God has been and how good He will be tomorrow.

We’ll talk more of this soon…"

“The landscapes of life are always changing each day
Caused by natural events and others who will pay
Living in a rush-around world, not for any other
Soon life will pass and you’ll have lost a brother
Take time to ponder to reflect and to look and see
Find a painting or nature itself and live more, free!”

“Paintings add to life, our health and well being as they depict the awesome creations from which they come. Find and spend time with beauty that adds volumes to your life. Have a great week!”

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"

Douglas Auld

Copyright MMX Auld, Ltd

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Oct 3rd “What Colors Our Choices”

Size: 12" X 16" Giclee' on Canvas Hand Embellished by the Artist; Certified & Limited From "The Fall Maine Collection". - Click HERE - Find the ENLARGED paintings with details, pricing, shipping and more as well as my comments on the paintings.

"He said of God: “His invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward, because they are perceived by the things made.”—Romans 1:20

It also says: “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. – Proverbs 2:6

Unfortunately we forget His rules and what He has said. We throw them away for our own interpretations; after all there are no consequences for thrown away promises, especially to God.
Most people assume that the most reliable evidence of all is that based upon personal experience. When an idea becomes "fixed" in our subconscious, influenced by the world and those worldly around us, we automatically make decisions that move us toward it.

So often we don’t look at what happens as a result of our choices. We just pass it off as what comes naturally. The beauty of nature, the wonders of the sky and seas, the elements - food, fish and game are all on the road to destruction, because one person thought that their choice was better for them than God’s choice.

During this special time of the year, stop and carefully look at the beauty of the fall colors both directly and in beautiful paintings that remind one of just how much we aren’t in control and that it is not all about us or our feelings.

We’ll talk more about these things later…."

"Saw what you posted for the world to see
So you took the high road; stood tall and free
Pretty sad you don’t even see what’s done
Look close at those around you living for one
You can take what you said and throw it away
You haven’t even listened to the words you say!"

"Find great paintings and let the messages of the seasons add all kinds of color to your life. Have a great week and stay well and don’t forget to look close! Oh, please leave me a comment as well."

"Find my paintings, or may my paint-tings find you!"

Douglas Auld

Copyright MMX Auld, Ltd