Door County has many beautiful farms that pepper the landscape, and sometimes I stop to photograph them in all their majesty. This particular silo is located on a farm on our way in or out of "town" but I recently discovered that this "golden globe" is not one of a kind at all. I still find it beautiful and enjoyed painting it.
Today is Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving when we are encouraged to donate to our favorite charities, where often our donations will be matched by a generous donor. ANERA is one of my very favorite organizations and if you follow my blog, you know that I have been supporting them for a long time. My "near and dear and close to my heart" project, The Innocents Project, features paintings of Syrian and Palestinian refugee children in the Middle East who are served by ANERA, including this little girl. This is my 20th painting so far and I will continue to paint the children for as long as I am able, to raise awareness of what is needed and the good work that ANERA does.
ANERA makes a big impact, but still there is more work to do. Here are a few facts: with assistance from ANERA 8,658 refugee youth have returned to school to learn basic skills so that they can help support their families and themselves. 2,000 preschoolers have received school supplies and reading materials. 25 communities in Gaza, and 1,000 people overall have benefitted from being connected to clean water. $49 Million worth of medicine and relief supplies have been delivered to Palestine and Lebanon. There is much to read at ANERA's site www.anera.org I do hope you will go to their web site and read about their good work. I could go on an on, but you should see for yourself. I have met this wonderful family of devoted servants to the cause and am so grateful to them for their tireless efforts and the great work they do. I hope you will consider a donation to them on this Giving Tuesday.
Our recent trip to Italy included a few days in Venice, a most unusual and interesting city on a giant lagoon. I loved the color of the shutters on this building in contrast with the stucco. The Hotel Caneva boasts that 17 of their 23 rooms have a water view, and often the gondolas pass and guests can hear the serenading. How delightful!
Many of the streets of Venice are so narrow that you must take a deep breath in to get through what feels like a corridor. It is impossible to get a straight-on photo of a scene like this, hence the wonkiness, which I kind of like. I was attracted to this because of the lovely blue shutters.
There is a term in Japanese culture, "Wabi Sabi" which refers to finding beauty in the aged and the imperfect. Here is a very nice article, The Art of Imperfection by Robyn Griggs Lawrence, that I think you might enjoy. https://www.utne.com/mind-and-body/wabi-sabi
I love this concept and honor it. I love to paint aged subjects--rusty old cars, weathered barns, old door nobs, peeling paint. This painting shows a scene from Venice, where my husband and I recently vacationed. We had lunch in a lovely little courtyard and this was my view. Italy was "Wabi Sabi" heaven with all it's weathered buildings, imperfect walkways, monuments and historical sights.