Rare is the person who does not get excited about an outing – a special day somewhere picnicking, shopping, hiking, or, in the case of artwork, Outing, an afternoon sailing with friends, in the sun and with no particular timeline.
Outing invites us to join the two on the sailboat, even though the craft is small and the couple looks cozy. In that case, Outing invites us to BE one of the two on the sailboat, and spend the afternoon in a slow cruise through the waters, waving at others in boats as they go by, unworried by work concerns, and most certainly not checking our phone for texts. The outside word can . . . stay outside for awhile, because there is more than enough to do with simply relaxing, thinking, talking, dreaming, planning, and being grateful for what we have.
Like all works of representational art done without an agenda, Outing takes the viewer to a different place, a place outside and away from where they are now, far from worries and concerns and to do lists and anxieties. Outing reminds us that life is more than a series of shoulds: We should be doing this, or we should be calling that person, or we should be addressing all the concerns in our lives that never go away, and will be waiting for us when we get back.
Indeed, if there is any should in the mix, it is that we should take time away, time off, time for looking at the clouds and imagining the shapes that they look at – an activity we enjoyed when we were children, but foolishly left behind when we joined the world of the grown up.
But let’s leave “should” completely out of it and leave it as an invitation, always open: slow down, breathe, close your eyes and feel the warm sun on your face. Live life with joy.
(Outing takes place in the Puget Sound waters of Washington State, with Whidbey Island in the background.)
Featured in 29 Fine Art America groups.
June 7th, 2017
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