Saturday, 12 June 2010

Not Everything is as it Seems

I did not manage to finish the painting I am working on yesterday. I decided I wanted to go back to another abstract with texture. I enjoy painting those but I am aware they are very much a personal thing and they lie about long after they have been completed.

What I like about those paintings is just simply that they are never all that they seem to be to. Life is always full of little unexpected pleasures and often in the most unexpected places. Yesterday I walked a road I have run often since moving here. The road runs along the bottom a banking that has always been sparse in vegetation. Yesterday it was covered in wild orchids beautiful deep purple flowers. How I was wishing I had my camera. The unexpected in the last place I would have thought.

A story that has an unexpected turn made me laugh I hope it does for you also.

The men were gathered in a golf club locker room discussing the good and the bad shots they had played..

A mobile phone rings.

"Yes I can talk," says the man answering the call, "You're shopping are you? That's nice."

The listening men smile to each other.

"You want to order those new carpets? And they'll include the curtains for an extra five hundred pounds? Sure, why not?"

More smiles among the listeners.

"You want to book that week in the Seychelles? They're holding the price at £800? Sounds like a good bargain. You want a fortnight? If that's what you want, okay by me."

Smiles turn to expressions of mild envy.

"And you want to give the builder the go-ahead for the new conservatory? Ten thousand if we say yes today? Sounds fair; sure, that's fine."

The listeners exchange glances of amazement.

"Okay, see you later; Yes, love you too," says the man, ending the call.

He looks at the other men and says, "Whose phone is this anyhow?"

Now would that not just make you Yell?

Have a lovely day may you find little gems of beauty where you least expect them.

This blog is linked to my other where I discuss the art.  The Yell


  1. Gems where you least expect!

  2. I did! I laughed out loud, right here in my kitchen, with the dogs at my feet and the rain outside, and an empty tea cup in front of me... Thank you Ralph. I'm going to start my day with a big smile because of you.

  3. As always, you've brought a smile to my face, Ralph. Love both of these paintings!