Pierre-Auguste Renoir [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Something a little different for your Wednesday. A photo of one of my favorite pieces of art. A painting by Renoir in 1876. I used to have this on my wall growing up. I was always drawn to her. I wished that I could disappear into her world and play with her. Maybe she reminded me of the little girl from The Secret Garden. I don’t know. But I LOVED her all through childhood. I kept her well into adulthood and somewhere in all my moving around, I lost her. But I remember making up stories in my head about this girl with blond hair and how she played in the gardens. She was my kindred spirit. I never knew who the painting was by until I became an adult and went looking to find one to replace the lost one. I never have. It didn’t seem like it would feel the same has the one on the wood background, I had had all my life. Though now, as I grow older, I long for her again. I want to hear her stories in my head again; maybe right them down this time. I always wondered what her name was and where she came from and I think the only way to know is to invite her back to my wall and ask her.
Do you have a piece of art that you love? That tells you stories and fills your imagination? If not now, did you at one point have a painting or picture that lived with through out childhood that you long to rediscover? Here is my Wednesday challenge to you: find a piece of art, painting or photograph that tells you their story in some form. Write it down. Or at least converse with it and see what happens. Our wildly creative imaginations need this delightful nutrition to survive on. I implore you to dig deep within and discover that which speaks to you and makes you fall in love with it; maybe it calls to you to bring it home so it my find its place on your wall, even if there is no logic or it doesn’t go with anything. Do it because it speaks to you in the wildest part of your imagination.