Focus on the Positive In Your Life

Jim Bowser, Jr. states, “Our journey through life is filled with many opportunities, challenges and obstacles. Although the road may be difficult at times, remain true to your dreams and passions – most important of all maintain your inner strength and compass. The poem ‘If’ by British Nobel Laureate, Rudyard Kipling, written in 1895, has served me well!”

If you can keep your head when all about you

When all are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream-and not make dreams your master;

If you can think-and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it

And which is more, you’ll be a Man, my son.

Meet Rosanne Potter – artist of our current exhibit

It was a delight to view the entire body of work last Thursday at Rosanne Potter’s reception. I had seen only a few pieces digitally that I was using for this website. But four walls of abstract color elicited a wow from me (and other visitors as well). You have to see these in person to appreciate the depth and breath of this artist’s work.

Rosanne states, “I start with a blank canvas and paint, without a plan and using whatever medium comes to hand from pastel chalks to watercolors, India inks to ecaustic waxes, acrylics to oils; I begin to lay color on and move paint around until something begins to emerge.” Indeed what beauty does emerge!

This gallery has had some colorful exhibits but none as vibrant as Rosanne’s. Here is another quote from her artist statement that I particularly liked: “I like to leave viewers to make what they will of my works and hope that coming back to a painting, they will find that it means something different on new viewings. This to me is the great value of Abstract Expresionism – it leaves an image in the mind of the viewer rather than simply lining up the palm tree in the painting with the palm tree in the mind.”

It was also inspirational to look through her book, “Key West, Transit of Venus” as I also write poetry. In this glossy, high quality book, she combines her poetry with her paintings to a smashing success.

Here is a peek into the inside

If you like abstract art or just want to experience something different, then don’t miss this exhibit! I’ll leave you with one more quote:

“Though these paintings started with me, the images may end within you.”

                                                       “Painting with Words” – Leona M Seufert