A Sunday on the Seawall

Be glad of life because it
gives you the chance to
love and to work and to
play and to look up
at the stars.
~Henry Van Dyke~ 

A Sunday on the Island of Grand Jatte

When walking along the seawall in Lincoln park on Sunday, this painting came to mind.  It hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, and to be truthful it is the only painting that I remember from my visits there.  What I do remember is standing in front of it in awe.  It’s large, 6 feet 10 inches by 10 feet 1 inch, and it’s an excellent example of pointillism which Seurat used in this painting that took him over two years to complete, and is considered by many his best work.  Pointillism is the use of contrasted miniature dots of colors that, through optical unification, form a single hue in the viewer’s eye.  Seurat believed that this form would make the colors more brilliant and powerful than standard brush stokes.  To make the painting even more vivid he surrounded it with a frame of painted dots.  I believe it’s one of those paintings you really do have to see in person to fully appreciate it.  With this painting in mind I took photos of people enjoying their Sunday on the ocean’s edge.

The goal of life is to make your heartbeat
match the beat of the universe, to
match your nature with Nature.
~Joseph Campbell~

Life is what we make it,
always has been,
always will be.
~Grandma Moses~

There are no extra pieces in the universe.
Everyone is here because he or she has a
place to fill and every piece must fit
itself into the big jigsaw of life.
~Deepak Chopra~

The miracle is not to fly in the air,
or to walk on water, but to
walk on the earth.
~Chinese Proverb~

Here is the world.  Beautiful and
terrible things will happen.
Don’t be afraid.
~Frederick Buechner~ 

Human beings, vegetables, cosmic dust –
we all dance to a mysterious tune,
intoned in the distance by
an invisible piper.
~Albert Einstein~

In the book of life, the answers
aren’t in the back of the book.
~Charlie Brown~

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2 Responses to A Sunday on the Seawall

  1. Betsy says:

    Such great pieces of wisdom … I love all the quotes and the photo of the doggie carrying the stick (Bella:))!!!! Looks like it was a beautiful day for a walk along the water.

  2. once again you did it to me…i need to get a tissue!
    I love you

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