Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top 5 + Happy New Year!

Another year has almost wrapped and it is time to wish all of you a very Happy New Year! It is also time for lists : ) Here are my Top 5 favourite paintings of 2015.
 Sea Glass / 36"x60" / acrylic on cradled wood support / $2100. ©Kim Rempel
 Shift / acrylic on wood / 16"x16" / $465 ©Kim Rempel
 Golden Sun / acrylic on canvas / 40"x48" / $1900 ©Kim Rempel
 Secret Garden / acrylic on wood / 36"x72" / $2600 ©Kim Rempel
Crow / 6"x6" / oil on archival panel / SOLD ©Kim Rempel
And in the spirit of a new year and fresh start, here is a piece of writing I quite like. I take issue with the line "no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should" but there is so much greatness here that I enjoy going back to it for those thoughts. Cheers everyone!
Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy


Sandra Busby said...

This is beautiful Kim!! And what a feast for the eyes too! Wishing you a happy and creative New Year! :0)

Marcela Strasdas said...

Love Sea Glass and Secret Garden! Thank you for posting those words, it's always good to hear them again, lots of wisdom there! Happy New Year Kim!

Barbara Muir said...

Gorgeous paintings, and I would have many more to add to your list that are my favorites from your fantastic year of superb painting in 2015.

The message is wonderful too.