Friday, November 28, 2008

Definition of Success

30 X 40 Oil on 1 1/2 inch gallery wrapped canvas, ready-to-hang
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While finishing up this panting I have been listening to a wonderful radio station - KAAM. They are playing all Christmas music today; I guess to get all the shoppers in the mood. I refuse to go shopping on this day, though. I don't like huge crowds, anyway, but standing in line and walking 2 miles through a parking lot and worrying about thieves is simply more than I care to endure this time of year - or any time, for that matter. But I digress.
While listening to this station, I heard a quote that made me think of this bison climbing a hill. "Success is whatever gets YOU closer to what YOU believe is important." Whether it be a better golf swing; lighter, fluffier biscuits; to the top of the hill; or getting closer to being the person God wants us to be, all are successes based upon our own initiatives and desires. And all should be measured personally and not by our peers. Just as my happiness should not be dependent on the actions of others, neither should my success - a comforting thought, I think.
Back to the painting. With rich colors and a great deal more texture than I usually do, this painting fairly glows and really lights up my studio. The deep sides are painted, so no frame is necessary, and it should be dry in time to get it somewhere by Christmas. I'll even wrap it up pretty if you want it shipped direct.
And if you want a better look at it, I will have it listed on my website which allows you to really zoom in close. Click on "largest paintings".
Our Thanksgiving at Merideth's was perfect. My daughter was unneccessarily worried about her ability to serve 14 people - the biggest crowd she has had in her home so far. She asked for my help, but she didn't need it. The turkey was perfect, the house looked beautiful and we were all happily stuffed in time to watch the Cowboys win! We all have so much to be thankful for! Now my son, Ben, gets to "do" Christmas!
Matthew 25:21
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"

1 comment:

Rick Nilson said...


This painting is wonderful. Definition of muscle and buffalo hide. nice nice. love the background, similar to your bear.