In a moment of pure joy and happiness, a young woman at the beach laughs in, and at, the surf. Holding a basket of colorful fabric, she leans toward the beach and stops in surprise as the fabric begins to cascade toward the ground, more and more quickly as momentum builds up.
Why is the woman holding a basket of colorful fabric on the beach? We don’t know, but because Into the Surf is a representational painting, we are invited to enter into the scene, become part of the story, and tell the story ourselves.
Such is the beauty of representational art: it shows us a glimpse of the world beyond, the world where things don’t always have to make sense, because there is an element of magic, an element of intrigue, an element of mystery to it.
In this world, life doesn’t stop in the office cubicle or in the aisles of the grocery store. In this world, life is a place of wonder, joy, and imagination, a place of color, form, and emotion, a place where there is potential for much joy.
The artwork, Brimming Over, catches a moment in which there is a brimming over of joy, a sheer exuberance over the sea breeze in the hair, the surf splashing at one’s feet, the outrageous cascading of color from the basket and the fabric.
Laughing in the coastal breeze, the young woman captures the joy of a summer day on the beach, a day in which there is promise for much joy, exuberance, freedom, and imagination. Isn’t this what we’re looking for? Isn't this an element for which we seek, as we watch movies and TV and lose ourselves in another person's world?
Brimming Over encourages us that the joy for which we seek is closer than we have ever imagined. It is in the simple things, and the simple things are within the grasp of all of us.
Featured Image: Artist Salon. First Place Winner: Day at the Beach contest.
Featured on 35 Fine Art America groups.
(Brimming Over takes place on the beautiful Oregon Coast in the USA, near Lincoln City.)
March 16th, 2017
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