Saturday, May 30, 2009

Girl and Bluebird in the Rain

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She is so sad, did you know? She's standing in the rain, all cold and wet. She's shivering as the happy bluebird passes by. He's nice and dry carrying his pretty red umbrella. Sad girl has an umbrella too...why doesn't she just pick it up so she can be happy too? I'm not sure. I know sometimes I don't pick it up either.

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Sometimes in life we have problems that we can fix ourselves. The answer, tool, or umbrella is right there within our reach. All we have to do is pick up the umbrella and just allow ourselves to be happy. We are in charge of the actions we take and responsible for the ones we don't.

In my house, this painting has inspired the cheerful phrase, "Just pick up the stupid umbrella!" We say this with a laugh, but the point is coming across. My nephew got his cell phone taken away because his grades were falling...all because he didn't do the in class assignments.He was sad and I asked him, "Why didn't you just pick up the stupid umbrella?!" It was up to him whether he did the assignment or chatted in class. He laughed, but understood. I'm sure he was imagining himself standing in the rain just like my sad girl.

This painting just sort of happened and I'm glad it did. :) I wanted to do a red umbrella and work on my girls showing more expression in their faces. There was a good discussion going on over at Gritty Jane's and by the end of it, I was determined to find a new way to do an eye. I got to the point that I would add the pupil and decided not to. I wasn't sure if it was cool or a little bit creepy, but in the end, I think it makes her look more soulful.

She has joined my Dorothy and another painting on ebay.

Have a great day...and don't forget to pick up your umbrella! :)


8 comments:

grittyartsstudio said...

Nice eye! That's funny that I almost lost one and you were thinking up new ways to paint them...wee-oo!

mystele said...

i love this painting. everything about it is charming and wonderful!

D'Angelo said...

I love love love this painting and I love all your work!! Keep up the good work! i am decorating my Bedroom with you!!

Hugs

Lori

Lori Garbarino said...

I forgot I was signed in under my hubbys name!

:) Lori

Fantastic Figments said...

oh this piece is soooo cute mere!

HAHA and i love the saying that your family has coined. very cute!

Just popping in to say hi.. I haven't made my rounds in awhile!

Smooches
Steph

Fantastic Figments said...

oh this piece is soooo cute mere!

HAHA and i love the saying that your family has coined. very cute!

Just popping in to say hi.. I haven't made my rounds in awhile!

Smooches
Steph

Kelly said...

I love this painting...her eyes are wonderful. She has a sweet melancholy look.

I love your saying too! 'Just pick up the umbrella!'

The Atkinson's said...

I love looking at your amazing work Mere!!!
YES roller derby was soooo fun. You totally have to go! :)