Is the grass really greener on the other side?

Edouard Manet (1832-1883) Lunch on the Grass 1863 Oil on canvas H. 208; W. 264.5 cm © RMN -Grand Palais(Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

Edouard Manet (1832-1883)
Lunch on the Grass
Oil on canvas
H. 208; W. 264.5 cm
© RMN -Grand Palais(Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

But the grass ain’t always greener on the other side. It’s green where you water it.
As Long As You Love Me: Justin Beiber featuring Big Sean

Now is the time of summer when grass grows green and fresh. Made lush and full by dirt, water and sun. All of the forests that rested quiet in winter under frozen clouds, now thrive with color and life and that fresh grass smell. Not all of the sprouts are grown, some patches fall unattended, found dull and scarce. All that these empty paths need is a little bit of love, and they will bloom too, just like the lively filled life of their neighbor.

And so, is the grass really greener on the other side?

We are all familiar with the phrase the grass is greener on the other side. The words are said in common moments when ideas are expressed of wanting what he hear about in the distance, someone has something better, where one feels that they will be happier if they have what they don’t already have.

In the song As Long As You Love Me by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean; Big Sean dares to contradict this classic statement by telling us that the grass is greener on the other side isn’t true! he sings, the grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it. In reality, Mr. Big Sean in fact does indeed have a point. And I have this painting by Manet presented to you to prove it.

The grass indeed is NOT greener on the other side. It is green where you want it to be green. Some contours of this painting are defined and some of the space is left at ease. Some of you might say the grass is greener in the foreground, with details drafted into focus, or perhaps you are drawn to look into the distance, where this painting is a light wash and consider the sight further away to be a greener value.

Do you prefer the space in focus or out of focus? Manet led the way into impressionism with this picture. He was observed to be a headstrong individual, resistant to his teachers, he listened and learn from them, but when it came down to it, he painted what he wanted, disregarding the trend. This painting Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe (Lunch Time on the Grass) was totally out of the norm for its time in 1863. Closer to us in the space is where you can see he spent most of his energy, what you are looking at is a nude lady sitting casually, playing it cool and engaging us into the occasion with her direct confrontational stare. Another female is depicted on the lighter side enjoying the brook. The party is accompanied with two well groomed gentleman all enjoying some type of picnic. Some might say this painting is uncouth, indecent. The style doesn’t make sense and what classy lady sits nude with two gentleman? Others.. this captured lunch party is a great idea!

In the song; as Justin sings about love, Big Sean continues to run on with his solo:

Used to tell me sky’s the limit, now the sky’s is our point of view
Man now we stepping out like Whoa!
Camera’s point and shoot,
Ask me what’s my best side, I stand back and point at you
The one that I argue with, I feel like I need a new girl to be bother with,
But the grass ain’t always greener on the other side,
It’s green where you water it
So I know, we got issues baby true
But I’d rather work on this with you
Than go ahead and start with someone new
As long as you love me

Looking at Lunchtime on the Grass mimics a photograph before they had photographs; as if it were taken with an SLR mega pixel camera. Zooming into the picnic and capturing the depth of field, focusing on the side nearer to us and leaving the space towards the back slightly out of focus.

So Big Sean, he says that times aren’t always perfect but he’d rather nurture what he loves, than start over and dedicate his time to someone new.

Over the course of centuries our friends have had their own form of beauty, so of course we have ours. That is the order of things. All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory.

Without intention, this painting became a message of leadership and initiated a revolt against classical & formal art. Opening the doors to impressionism and allowing waves to flow into a future of free thinking imagination and masterpeices.

Design comes to life when you work it with passion. Manet opened the doors to allow freedom and imagination into the artistic world with this painting by going against the norm and taking initiative to feature odd characters and leave the background a little out of focus in a classical world. But what makes it so good is that opposing views bring love passion and intuition to the surface.

Energy is added to the visual language with triadic colors of yellow, green and blue. Order is created with a visual triangle

The best part of the picture is up to you. Is it greener in the foreground or the background? Which do you prefer? Do you prefer what is closest to you or in the distance?

Personally, I think it is nice to look at it as though the grass is greener in the space that is closer to us. Just like in life…. It is nicer to think that the grass is not greener on the other side but truly is greener in our closest circle, where nurture and give the most love.

But. Love is blind. It does not go green with envy. So I suppose when you are in love, the grass is green on both sides. 😁

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Justin Bieber Feat Big Sean. As Long As You Love Me. Darkchild, Andre Lindal, 2012. CD.


You might be curious how the song As Long As You Love Me and these timeless lyrics sound: For your viewing pleasure I invite you to watch Justin Bieber pop n’ lock his shoulders in this cinematic theatrical embedded music video:


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