This week has been a good one. I’m very happy with the way the LIFE logo art has come out. The show in Manchester was great. There was a ton of interest in the Peacockpainting at the event and there’s only a few more weeks until the halfway point. I was asked by someone at the event this week, – so how is life ? I thought for a second, – my life? my life is great. I could see that it made him happy to see me happy. I just met him that day, but I could tell he was genuinely happy to hear that. There are plenty of reasons to get down on yourself at times, but there are so many more reasons to enjoy your life. You just have to find them.
We grow. We learn. We evolve. Our surroundings build us up. People influence us from every direction. Maybe one day in the art museum with mom and dad a three year old child sees a painting and is captivated by it. The child doesn’t know it at the time, but that painting will affect the course of the rest of their life. He/she just has this love for art that is rooted deep inside. They need to paint. To create. To express. The world needs to see it. They have to have it and no one really knows why, but they know something good when they see it. It must be theirs. It must be…
Life can be backwards at times. Bad things happen to good people. People who are trying to live within the rules of the systems that have been established to “help” them. Just when things are going great…POW!… a set back. The rich get richer and just want more. People go hungry, but our grocery stores throw out food everyday. People buy purses and jeans that cost hundreds of dollars, yet can’t seem to find some change to help someone down on their luck. There are wars for peace. Try to be good. Try to help out where and when you can. We are all here together. The human family.
Some of us just float around in this world like a bunch of jelly fish in the ocean. Going with the flow. Following the currents. Staying current in a world that is forever changing around us. Until one day when something stumbles upon us. It bumps into us. Crashes. Disturbs. BZZZZ. Bring a sting that no one will forget. A sting, a poem, a verse, a painting, a picture, a song, an idea, a dream, a revolution… a… Time to stop floating… Don’t be forgotten…
Is it pre-determined? Is it all a matter of chance? Does everything happen for a reason? Why do the good ones have to die young? He lived to be 100 years old and ate oatmeal everyday. She was only 13 and had the whole world ahead of her. I can’t believe he’s gone. It seems like only yesterday. Do we all have our own life cycles? Is it written? Can we break the cycle? Can we change the future?
I bought a throw back box of LIFE cereal for this one. That’s right, they made a box with the old LIFE logo font, a throw back. Anyways, let me try and get a little philosophical. This painting represents human life. It’s like looking down onto the sidewalk from a skyscraper at a crosswalk in Tokyo. Life is moving all around, faster than you know it can. You see all kinds of life scrambling about. Maybe you notice… okay that’s enough. It’s just a painting… what you take from it is up to you.
We only get one while we’re here and we can’t even remember most of the beginning parts. What was I thinking about when I was in those first few years? How were all of these things around me shaping the person I am today? There are such high hopes for you when you are brand new. Did my mother know that when she gave me a piece of paper and a box of crayons that it would turn into this?