Taking Notice

Original artwork by Kelly Barton

When I lived in the apartment, I didn’t have enough wall space to hang all of my artwork so some of it stayed in boxes for over a year.  As I was unpacking when I moved into this lovely house, I thought there was no way I would have room to hang it all this time either.  I did pass on a few pieces but have been able to find space for every piece of art.

The piece above, by the lovely and talented Kelly Barton, was hanging in my apartment but in my guest room so I didn’t see it every day.  Now it is hanging in my bedroom where I look at it everyone morning when I wake up and every evening when I go to bed.  This was one of the first pieces of original art I bought for myself so it has some real sentimental value to me and I absolutely adore it.  But…until I hung it up in my bedroom and was lying in bed staring at the wall, cause I don’t have cable tv anymore and what else do you do with your time, I had never noticed the two 4’s in the painting.  Now you may know I turned 44 this year and I’ve been really pondering on why it feels so significant to me.  Then I see these two 4’s and reread the message on the painting, “the girl struggled to begin, she wasn’t ready for what lay ahead”.

Maybe thats it.

I’ve made some big changes in the last month or so but I know there are more to come.  Or maybe its just that I’m taking more notice of the things around me.  Really looking at the things, people and relationships in my life and seeing them for the first time.  Taking the time to stop and look and really see.

Since May was all about running around and just getting things done.  Maybe June is all about slowing down and taking notice.  Hmmmm….I think I like that idea.

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5 Responses to Taking Notice

  1. Kelly Barton says:

    i am sitting here in my lumpy couch. boy do we need to get a new one. sipping coffee
    and watching meredith’s last day on “today”. of course, carole king just sang, you got a friend.
    so you guessed it, i have tears running down my face. and then – then i see this. just glad
    i am in the house alone. wink.

    i will never forget the day you bought this and the feeling i had when i saw the note from
    from etsy. i called bryce to tell him i sold an original. it meant the world to me. but then
    getting to know you and the kindred feelings i have. it just just the cherry on top.
    i am so happy that she is there keeping you company and nudging you along.

    a hug and a smooch….happy hump day chickadee.

    thank you for this little story.

  2. Barb says:

    I love that piece!

  3. Liz says:

    Love that piece of Kelly’s, and love the synchronicity of the 2 4s for you, the whole thing is immeasurably beautiful: that is You and the Painting (and Kelly too)… let us know what you’re taking notice of… xo

  4. Steph says:

    What a great post, and a great piece! I love that it re-surfaced for you just in time.

  5. OMG I love this piece. Didn’t know you owned the original (I have the T-shirt version and the print) it is my fave to date (well, DJ Tingle is pretty special…) But I love that you just noticed the 4s at the perfect time. I love that you moved it to your bedroom so you would wake up and take notice. I love that you are slowing down your life and doing that more often. I am following your lead. I am taking notice. I AM ready for what lies ahead . . . .

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