Amidst the must do’s
Of forward momentum
Gaze caught in completion
Through proceedings strung together
In the eternal story of growth and decay
Colors, patterns, textures, design
In a moment of still being
Regarding the simple, small, ordinary, the beautiful
An arrangement of silent hymns
Disclose interlocking treasures rooted in the same account
Kitsch. Cliché. That’s how I’ve heard it described.
Perhaps some forms have been worked over to the point of old news.
Or perhaps we’ve become blind to the reality of it in nature at all.
And yet beauty remains.
I see it.
Subtle and telling.
In the commonplace.
It lays subdued in fallen leaves,
hidden in the trees,
lingering quietly along the shore of a nearby lake.
But as life keeps body busy,
confined to the to-do list,
the seemingly monotonous gives birth to immunity,
that the little things lack importance,
we keep on moving
and often fail to notice.
In the book The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Anne writes about the beauty she
knows is just beyond the walls of the dark and dingy Annex she’s been hiding in for
almost 2 years. Laying in bed one night, she’s filled with joy as she considers das Schöne
(the beautiful): “the world, nature, and the tremendous beauty of everything, all that
splendor” (pg. 211). Through wearisome confinement her teenage soul still sensed
beauty and longed for the value of its presence. Perhaps she was onto something.
These beauties, the ordinary and simultaneously extraordinary, are the ones I seek to
paint into view, to expand the simplicities in nature that surround us and present a
moment to see and perhaps appreciate more than before. There’s really nothing special
about a pile of rocks or a tree. On any given day we can choose to see such subjects.
And yet perceiving their beauty requires sensitivity in our perspective.
Such beauty, whether found in big or small spaces, does not get old. It can not simply be
over stated or replicated into oblivion. It eternally wants to share itself with us, if only
we could give a moment of ourselves and delve into it.