My intention today was to write about Bhutan but my blogging buddy, Steve at http://www.steveinmexico.blogspot.com/ with a blog called "Same Life - New Location" asked the titillating question, "What is your favorite piece of art?" My initial answer was folkart, Haitian art and everything I have..........(Those who know me know my house is FULL of all kinds of art and sculpture. .BUT the question kept running through my head all day and I have to admit....."PAST TIME" is my favorite piece of art. Why? Probably because every time I look at it I see something different and I can come up with all kinds of stories about the art. I NEVER tire of looking at it and I have owned it for over ten years. I had it crated and brought to Mexico while holding my breath that it would make it here as it is about 5 ft x 5 ft. It covers a wall in my living room.
The artist, John Dawson, www.johndawsonart.com is prolific and so talented in every medium. His thought process while doing his series on "time" was that although lots of things change, life goes on and people in their inner core, do not change. Hence in this painting is the Renaissance woman, the baby, the couple whose faces are smudged out and the Raggedy Ann and Andy for whimsy. He also believes that in America we put way too much emphasis on physical beauty and most times "smudges" the face.
I love to see people's reactions to the painting. Some only see one thing, the woman's breast. It never occurred to me that that would be the focal point for some until a woman was introduced to me a long time ago when I lived near NASA south of Houston, and she said, "Oh you're the woman who has the nude hanging in her living room". I swear I had to come home and look at the painting in a whole different way...............
So, as the woman in Steve's office thought the piece of art that he loved was "Ugh", I'm sure some will think the same of my favorite..........but isn't that what life is all about - "each to his own"?