Thursday, July 8, 2010


Tightrope Walker 2, series, How to Walk a Tightrope
Collage/acrylic, 6 x 6, Elizabeth W. Seaver

This piece follows in the series after this one which sold in my show at Bistro Bethem in Fredericksburg.  I did a whole set of drawings/sketches for paintings which just wouldn't gel as I was painting for the show.  It has been fun to go ahead now and do those paintings.  The lady and gentleman in my last two posts also fit into that category.

My family left to go back to Texas yesterday after a little more than a week's visit.  They came to see my show and to be there when the public art exhibit was unveiled last Friday night (more on that in a future post.)  We visited family, ate too much and watched fireworks shot into the air right over our heads in a celebration of the Fourth over Lake of the Woods.

While they were here both of my parents suffered from the indignities of growing older with its unpleasant pains and disorders.  My mom spent the night before they left in the emergency room, delaying their departure by a day.

All this is to say that through all of the bother and discomfort at the end of what had been such a fun visit, they continued to laugh and joke and plan and adjust to the changes that life inevitably brings to us all as we age.  It was amazing to witness.  I admire them both so much.

And my extremely competent sister comforted, consulted, packed, sheparded, and rescheduled all the travel plans with shuttles and airline (proving again that she is "the good daughter!") .  Together, they got home safely.

Here's what I think, after watching my family in action this past week--if you keep a laughing, loving, dancing spirit, you will never be old.


Carole Barkett said...

so true, it really is all bearable with the right attitude.
Love your tightrope walker, he has great expression

Linda Popple said...

Your tightrope dancer really does express your thoughts! It is always good to hear of people whose spirit continues to grow and adjust to all life has to offer. Your parents are a good example.

Crystal Cook said...

Fantastic post! I agree with you, I love your attitude. And your tightrope walker is awesome, I love the colors and really just everything about it.

Vicki Greene said...

I am so glad that you had a great time with your family and your painting gave me a chuckle and big smile. Thanks!

Andrew Finnie said...

Beaut image Elizabeth. You've captured grace and charm and dynamics and personification.

ariel freeman said...

Good advice Elizabeth. We could all do a little more loving and laughing. Love your "dancing" painting. I smiled and chuckled when I saw him. such personality.

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Couldn't agree with you more Elizabeth! Great advice.

Another one of your works that makes me smile. Love these!

-Don said...

Grace, humor and talent... They show up in your work because they are a major part of who you are. I'm glad you had a great visit with your family. What a blessing.


Dorothy said...

Thanks, my dearest sister! It was wonderful to have your support during all of that! If we can grow older with half their grace and humor, we'll be in good shape!

Love you!

Anudeepa Kadiresan said...

very true Elizabeth,all becomes well so no more worries,
love this tightrope and the red pants.

Vivian said...

I love seeing your beautiful spirit reflected in your playful images, such as the dancing tightrope walker.You seem to refresh the world around you. It is your gift and you bless us all in its employ.

Diane Hoeptner said...

Fun painting, thoughtful post, Elizabeth. I hope the last part is true.