This painting is a tribute to all of the days we absentmindedly pass through on our way to all of the other days.
We value things that are rare more than more than we value common things, that is just “human nature”. Consequently, we are predisposed by nature to overlook the “ordinary” and “commonplace”. This causes us to rush through our lives without appreciating the beauty of an “everyday”. This is unfortunate, because we have been blessed with a beautiful world.
Day to day, life rolls along, one day merging into the next, until something happens to make you stop and look back. It seems that the only time that we appreciate the beauty of the ordinary is when something happens to disrupt our lives, then we “just want things to get back to normal”. Over time, I have come to realize the days I really treasure are the ones filled with everyday things. The problem is, I tend to realize their value only in retrospect.
In order to express these thoughts, I have painted a commonplace (in my neighborhood…) scene on an ordinary afternoon in late summer. I have utilized the changing foliage on the trees and the sundial-like shadow on the barn to call attention to the passage of time. It is the kind of afternoon where your first reaction may be to feel a sense of urgency that you should do something to take advantage of the warm summer day before winter shows up to spoil the party.
I propose a contrary course of action. I think the best action is inaction. I think the best use of a day like this is to find a nice comfortable spot, sit down, and just be grateful.
Sadly, oftentimes it is only when fall approaches that we realize we have let summer pass unappreciated. That is why some of the best days of our lives come “Toward The End Of Summer”.
Painting and text © 2015 James Golaszewski
Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.