THE OX

The Ox Painting by Joseph Stella (1877-1946)

OFF THE CUFF Writing

I appreciate all of Joseph Stella’s various art styles including industrial America, the Brooklyn Bridges, his Marian images, Italian futuristic flowers and this ox.

Finding this ox loveable for its precise and stoic beauty…there will be more to come soon…

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“I like feeling like an ox at the end of they day.  I like working hard.”

Rachael Ray

 

LOVER OF NATURE

Ram’s Head with Hollyhock Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

ARTFUL WRITING

Georgia O’Keeffe’s love for the desert was her palette drawing large shapes in intense bold colors.  No human presence was noted, just her vision of those subjects she felt passion for.  She fused realism with abstraction making her the most prominent American Modernist artist.  She embodied a mystical allure – I will be sharing more of her talent with you in the coming days.  Hope you will enjoy her essence as I do!

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“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

 

 

OCEAN OF MERCY

Naruto Whirlpool Woodblock

by Japanese Artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1853)

ARTFUL WRITING

Ocean of Mercy

O What would you give in exchange for your soul?

This postcard depicts one of 53 views of Edo, Japan that Hiroshige created on woodblocks.  At first glance, I remember how God’s’ ocean of mercy’ has saved me from past ghostly shipwrecks oozing regrettable tears.  Today I live cradled in mercy.  Like a happy bumble bee drawing sweet nectar from lavender flowers, I float over ocean waves of hope.  I hope you do too.

No matter how deep the waves may plunge over us, there is an endless sea of mercy being bestowed on everyone around us.  When tragedies beyond our control pierce the heart over and over, God recoils our spirits high with His protecting tsunamis.  That’s what He does best when He opens a treasure trove of knowledge and gifts perfectly suited to our unique character.

I sometimes still think I am not worthy of it all.  Like when He sends me a good man named John, which means sent by God, to honor as my best friend, whose gentle patience and simplistic wisdom over the years, encourages me to blossom as a child of the Almighty.  However I may be tossed about in life, my feet stand resilient surrounded by perfect Love.  The benefits of God’s ‘ocean of mercy’ are unfathomable.  They are right at our fingertips – just for the asking.

So, I ask again, what would you give in exchange for your soul?

Let is be this diving ocean of mercy.

sincerely, your scribeforlove…