Monthly Archives: August 2012

::PAUSE::

Ladies and gentleman, I appreciate you taking the time to read my thoughts! I am sending out my apologies. I have to take a pause for the night. There will be a slight delay for this weeks update. This last week of summer  has been out of the norm for me. Please return by the end of the week!!

Take care!

Anne Marie

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Patience is a virtue…

Here I am posting an image for you to view. This is a screenshot of the painting by Joseph Seymour Guy. What do you think?

Life is about trusting your feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, appreciating the memories and learning from the past.

The power of patience! Waiting is a time to prepare. Every baby step that you take on your journey adds up. I know your dreams may feel like a far away place. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try at all! It may seem like the work you put in is taking you nowhere, but a delay does not mean denial. You may get lost a little bit on your way, but don’t get frustrated, keep moving and enjoy the ride. Always stay focused on the big picture. On Wednsday August 8th of 2012, I took myself on a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. I went alone, as I do so often to gather my thoughts with out distractions. I like to wonder and think by myself this way I can develop my own opinions. I welcome the feedback of friends after the occasion. On this day I ventured into the new American Wing. Every piece on display was wonderful, but there was one that caught my eye in particular. I noticed Mr. Joseph Seymore Guy’s The Story of Goldenlocks. I passed by the painting casually walking, I noticed the piece out of the corner of my eye, took a second glance and stopped to a halt. My heart melted from what I was seeing.

Mr. Guy provided us with the opportunity to peek into the window of an 1870’s world. Here is a pre teen girl who is reading the classic tale of Goldi Locks and the Three Bears to two young boys. Being a mother is an idea that most young girls dream of. Her name isn’t given, but I’m going to call her Madeline, because she looks like a Madeline. By taking on the task of reading to the two boys, Madeline is practicing and preparing for the day when she will have children of her own. She’s waiting quietly and expectantly, she is not giving up. When her time comes she will be ready.

What about the story of Goldilocks? Goldilocks is a woman who knows what she wants. Her story is a tale of experiments. She is a persistant little character. After a day of wandering the woods, Goldilocks is tired and hungry. She dreams to relax. Goldilocks wanders into this random house in the forest. Does she care who it belongs to? Not really, she just wants what she wants. She tastes all of their food, sits in their chairs and tests their beds. This young girl seems inconsiderate but, she just does not want to stop until she finds what she is after. Goldilocks doesn’t have instant results. Her first try is not the winning moment. She doesn’t get frustrated though, she remains patient. Through the long tedious process of trial and error, Goldilocks reaches her goal.

To me Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a fairy tale because the quantity of this young girls experiments have been simplified to three. I also think the reaction of the three grizzly bears, finding a little girl after she corrupted their humble home is dilouteed a little.  As you can see it takes a lot of work to make your dreams real. It took Goldilocks a long time to find her perfect fit. You are not the only one! Life takes so much effort. For most people, much more than three tries of searching and finding is needed to fulfill their dreams. As for the young girl in Seymores painting, she knows what she is doing. She dreams of being a mother. Maybe she is not a mother yet and she knows she won’t be for some time. But she is making it happen. She is practicing and preparing. When the time is right, thanks to all of her practicing and preparations, she will be ready. Everything will fall into place smoothly.

And so, This painting as a whole—it took years and years of building up to create this story. First, Mr. Guy—he needed to know the story of the Three Bears before he started this painting, which was written by Robert Southey in 1837.  And then with my knowledge of Art History and understanding how the work is done. I bet a million bucks, Mr. Guy went through a similar process just as Goldilocks did, in directing the best display to find his right fit for the painting. I’m sure he had to find the perfect young girl and the perfect young boys. Not every home looks as perfect as the one he painted, he might have even controlled where the folds of the blanket fall. The MET does not have his sketches on view but, he definetly must have set up these characters in real life to pose for him, I bet he sketched and sketched over and over again until he found the right nook and craneys to emphasize, and finally went on to paint the final piece.

Dreaming Is So Easy!!

How in the world do these famous people make their dreams come true?

I’m a child and i’m sitting in the movies wondering how these actors and artists are so famous? They adapt to the role so easily, they are so perfect for the part. Some guy must have found this guy, and said “I am making a movie, want to be in my movie?” and this guy said “sure”, and they picked a day, found someone with a camera, got together and and just started talking and recording. Of course the guy that the guy picked for the role was perfect. Perfect body, perfect hair, perfect nose… That is how it happened. This actor was really lucky to be in right place at the right time and to be so perfect. And these artists, painters and sculptors, they just picked up their tools; a chisel or a brush, and threw together a piece and it was fit to be considered a renowned work of art.

This lifestyle will happen to me, in my future. I know it will. I’m a child, I know for a fact, no one plans, no one has trouble making their dreams come true. It just happens. If it was trouble and took effort, it wouldn’t be a dream. There is no heartache or stress when it comes to dreams coming true. These amazing things just happen, and someday, in my future I will be a famous too.

Now, im an adult. I’m standing in this room. This place is one of my favorite places to be. In this room, time doesn’t move. It’s quiet here, I don’t have to talk to anyone, I’m left alone with my thoughts. No one really talks to me, but I’m not lonely, I kind of like being left alone. Here I have so much company, more than I can ever ask for. This place is so colorful, I love colors! Colors are so exciting and eye catching. What a science it is to mix the pigments perfectly. Each and every combination fills me with a different mood. Why do I love where I am? right here? right now? I love it because every room is fiiled with so many dreams. I can time travel from one period to the next, I can walk from evening to night within seconds, whichever I prefer best. When I walk in here, I forget that the museum closes early. Here I have all the time in the world — until it’s closing time, and the guards kick me out. Each piece is more amazing than the next. I love the ideas behind them!! I love analyzing and working them out. The figures have such volume and their expressions are so perfect. The symolism of these pieces! I can’t even tell you… The two pieces that fascinate me the most, right now, this moment, are Seymore Joseph Guy’s Story of Golden Locks, and Michelangelo’s Statue of David. How long did these masterpiece take these artist to do? It must have been instant. These guys definetly just grabbed their tools, and threw together a concept. Art is a natural born talent, I’m telling you! I bet they didn’t even need an eraser. Why wasn’t I born with these talents?? Why can’t I do that? I like art too… These masterpieces right in front of me, i’m instantly awed. How come I can’t pull something so amazing together, as instantly as they did?

Now that I am older, I think I know. I’d like to explain it to you. Come back next week and let me share my thoughts with you. 

Once upon a time…….

From Brugge

Life is about trusting your feelings and taking chances, losing and finding happiness, appreciating the memories and learning from the past.

Once upon a time I had a boyfriend. He was there for me for a lifetime. He was smart and strong. He navigated his way through his life with his brain. He knew how to get to his destination and make his dreams come true. His name is so familiar to me, like a home away from home. It is a name I can’t bring myself to say, because if I say it, my fairy tale won’t come true. Like all fairy tales, in the end, dreams come true.

You said that you loved me, I knew that you did. I could tell by your actions and the effort you put in. We were together for so long, it was almost a lifetime. We developed our own traditions and passions and molded them into ideas to fit each others dreams. You loved me, I know that you did. You didn’t understand me but you did what you could. You knew what I wanted with out me having to ask. My dream was to travel, of course you made it come true. I told you I wanted to visit Brugge before I died. You made it happen before a quarter of my life was through. You loved me so much that you wanted my dreams to be real. You tried so hard to teach me how to put my wishes into action, but your words didn’t come through. Between your logic and my imagination we couldn’t see eye to eye. You only listened to what made sense, and I was fascinated by everything. My curiosity drove you nuts. You didn’t see the logic. We stopped talking a year ago and now I’m on my own. I’m floating in my imagination. I have nothing to bring me to earth now, now that I’m on my own. You told me college solves everything, so I listened to you. You hated that I was indecisive so I’m sticking to my latest degree.

I am a Graphic Designer now, and guess what, I found logic to my curiosity! I just read a story by Michael Bierut, it’s called 79 Short Essays on Design. Michael states To me the conclusion is inescapable: the more things you’re interested in the better your work will be… Not everything is design but design is everything, so do yourself a favor and be ready for anything. I figured out how to make my curiosity useful, how to make my dreams come true. Maybe you can read this book, maybe you will be able to understand my imagination if you read this book too?

Maybe when I’m ready to say his name again, our roads will merge together and my happily ever after fairy tale will come true.