Thursday, March 25, 2010

Illustration Fri. - 'expired'

'the promise' portrait journal, mixed media, 10x10

I wasn't sure I was going to participate at IF this week but worked on a journal page this morning [which I reworked this evening] and thought it appropriate. I was thinking of Spring and that got me thinking of seasons and all those that have expired, only to let new ones in and then of course be renewed themselves the following year - a constant cycle of expiration and renewal dates.

I think that most of us embrace the expiration of one season and welcome the new one. We may decide to shake things up a bit in our personal or professional lives - make a fresh start. Maybe we'll decide to get more organized, take up a seasonal hobby, or set new goals like taking better care of ourselves or finally setting the wheels in motion to make a long-cherished dream a reality.

I'm sure you're familiar with the passage below. At certain times or seasons in my life [particularly difficult ones, like the last six months or so] I've had key people remind me of it. It always makes me stop and reflect, and puts things into perspective...

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Happy Spring, much creativity to you......Be well.


Regina said...

Beautiful & thoughtful post.
Blessings to you, Laura.

studio lolo said...

I love her expression. So fitting, as are the words.

I hope you're well. I'm finally out of my deep 6 month slump/sadness/lost feeling. I don't know what to call it but it was tough.

I wish the same for you ;) ♥

Weathered & Worn said...

Nice potrait and poem.

Heather said...

Hello there! Thanks for your visit the other day :) your blog is lovely, and so is this portrait! Her eyes are entrancing~

Susan Tuttle said...

what a delightful way to ring in the new season. your figure has such beautiful eyes -- just like you do:)