Monday, October 24, 2011


I am not one of those people who subscribes to the theory that certain colors have to be confined to certain seasons.  I like color and don't think it necessarily needs "muddying" for the Fall and Winter months. 
Someone bitter and critical once told me that I liked what they resentfully termed "Circus Colors". That was probably the truest statement that ever came out of their mouth and I am not about to argue with it! 
So, I like circus each his own!  I will live joyfully with my circus colors and they can live miserably entombed with their "morgue colors". 

It's ironic to me how people that attempt to manipulate by insulting or tearing down others often times just have the opposite of their desired effect. More often, they cause you to become even more established in whatever preferences or behavior they are fighting against.
My mantra is "Live and Let Live". It's so important to let people be who God created them to be. I once heard someone say that the greatest key to influencing people is ACCEPTING them, just the way they are. That doesn't mean you deny the existence of their weaknesses, shortcomings or areas that can benefit from discipline and growth, it just means that you extend credit and grace to them, giving them latitude to be individuals and you don't try to mold them into what fits your own selfish desires. 

This is my goal: not to be a cringe-inducer, but a person who causes other to sigh with relief when I ENTER a room, not EXIT it! Ok, off my soapbox now. 
This original painting is available now in my online shop here


Anna White said...

Well said Lovely...and really...I would take it as such a wonderful compliment..IF ONLY ..we all lived our lives with a little Circus wonderful our world would be.

You are the ringmaster of your own Circus...let the show begin !!! ; ) Big Hugs x

Claudia Lane said...

Love your swirly cool!
Have a great week
Claudia xo

Katherine said...

Such a gorgeous painting - the colors are lovely - and I totally agree with your statement on people who try to tear others down! Live and let live is a great mantra!

La Petite Gallery said...

Get on the soap box, I do. It keeps you healthy.
I agree with you.
Your art work inspired me .
Stay well, get a flu shot.


Marie (Mrs. Dalrymple) said...

Anne, your post today is very true. Some people are cruel by nature, some are cruel to protect themselves and some are just plain ignorant. It's easy to say "ignore them", but words can be terribly cutting and can linger for a long time. I love your "circus colours" and you should not have to defend them.
Have a good day,

Christy said...

I love hearing your thoughts Anne. Do this more often! And I am SURE that I would not sigh with relief, I'd giggle with happiness if you were ever to enter a room I was in! I hope to meet you one day! And of course, LOVE LOVE LOVE this new painting. It's gorgeous!!!

Atelier de Chiqui said...

Is lovely Anne, is happy, happy.
Wonderful week :)

Kshoo Design said...

Love the colors!
Kshoo Design

Unknown said...

Love the mix of colors!!! :O)

Carrie Waller Watercolors said...

The thing that drew me to your blog were your great, fresh colors. I've been watching a lot of Oprah's life class and one quote has really resonated with me "A person's opinion is merely that an opinion, it is not an evaluation, what we do with that opinion gives it meaning". I find that powerful and hopefully something I can pull out and remind myself of when I'm in a negative situation.

Unknown said...

I LOVE the fun colors you use and hey, Jonathan Adler built an empire using circus colors! Um, Wayne Theibaut, Andy Warhol...the list goes on.

xo Mary Jo

Amy Vermillion Interiors said...

Oh Anne…no truer words were ever spoken…"bitter and critical"
I applaud your delicious use of color! Bravo.
A friend recently told me that what one says to others truly exposes how that one feels about themselves.
Carry on the color my friend.

Unknown said...

I'm with you, Anne! So true, and very well said. If only more people had this philosophy...

Hope you're having a fab week!

CDS said...

God save the queen! I love this!

Sarah said...

I love color too Anne and I love the Queen in all her colors!! ;--))

Trudys Emporium said...

The colours are gorgeous well done!!! x

Shelley Whiting's art said...

I love the psychedelic colors against the black. Very fun and vibrant work.