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The exuberant joy of a child finds its perfect match in a clear, calm puddle.
As adults, we know exactly what this child will do – there’s something about puddles that attract children’s feet like magnets, and we can only cringe when we think of the splash, the wetting of the socks, the sopping of the shoes.
“Can’t you just go around it?” we plead.
And if the child could, then she would be giving up one of the unique elements of childhood – the ability to completely and totally enjoy the moment, without constant worrying about the consequences.
And while it’s true that someone, usually an adult, needs to worry about the consequences, sometimes we attribute more importance to those consequences than they actually deserve. Is it such a bad thing, always, to get one’s feet wet? And because this is the beach, the child – very sensibly – doffed the shoes the first thing, because the most important thing about walking on the sandy beach is that you really should do it barefoot.
In the background, an adult stands in quiet thought, looking out into the sea and oblivious to the potential danger of very wet feet. Or perhaps she isn’t oblivious but wise, recognizing that the child will play and the feet will dry, and this is all part of a day on the beach.
Reflection, like many representational paintings, encourages the reader to step into the landscape and become part of the story, adding to and embellishing details with each view of the artwork. This is the beauty of representational art – its ability to take one out of the worries and anxieties of day to day living, and enter a deeper dimension of thought, questioning, meditation, imagination, and day dreaming.
The worries will be there when we get back – but then again, if we savor the journey into a place of beauty, we will return refreshed, with a new, strong perspective of how to face the challenges we see.
Reflection is featured on 33 Fine Art America groups.
June 6th, 2017
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