Lamb in Pastel Wool – October 22, 2009

Happiness is a by product of an effort to make someone else happy.

–Gretta Brooker Palmer

Self-centeredness aggravates the natural flow of circumstances surrounding us; too much attention on ourselves distorts whatever might be troubling us. However, focusing on others’ needs diminishes what we’d perceived as our own pressing need. This is a simple principle we might all consider adopting.

None of us is free of problems. That’s one of life’s givens. Through their resolution we grow and ready ourselves for the next group of challenges. Each group we survive enables us to offer better assistance to someone else who will confront a similar problem. Perhaps we’d do well to see all our problems as preparation for guiding someone who will come into our life. Helping someone else is certain to lift spirits and foster happiness, but the unexpected reward is that the helper reaps even greater benefits than the one helped.

My happiness is guaranteed if I help someone else find it today.

by Karen Casey and Martha Vanceburg
from the book, The Promise of a New Day

Lamb in Pastel Wool
5″ x 8″ Sennilier Oil Pastel on Black Paper

Okay, pastel is quite a departure from my normal work, but I have seen some beautiful art done in pastel. I am not comfortable with them, but have tried them from time to time. I usually blend the OPs, but for some reason, I liked the colorful strokes in this.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. debbyfriselladesigns
    Oct 26, 2009 @ 17:00:17

    Beth, I love your lamb in pastel…it is wonderful! I am looking forward to your other works of art in this medium. You have inspired me to work in watercolor a little bit more. It’s fun! Keep up the good work!


  2. lesliepaints
    Oct 22, 2009 @ 09:00:39

    I like the strokes in this, also, Beth. Pastel takes that special artist that doesn’t mind the dust flying from it and dropping everywhere.I like the results but the clean up is not something I go for.


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