The story of the painting, Gathering Thoughts, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve:
The ocean is a place of peace and tranquility, interspersed with motion, movement, and the endless sound of the surf. The first response of many, upon entering a beach, is to kick off the shoes and walk — on the sand, into the waves, alongside the surf.
Phones are put away. Worries are set aside. The cares of the day and the week and the month seem diminished in the presence of so much water and so much sky.
In Gathering Thoughts, a young woman dances with the sea, a soft smile playing along the top of her mouth, her focus and concentration on the foam and color in front of her feet. Meditation in this setting is a dance in itself — one doesn’t concentrate, heavily, on anything, but rather lets one’s thoughts move and undulate in accordance with with the movement of the sea.
Time alone, thinking, is a precious commodity that is free. And while the ocean is an easy place to fall into this sense of meditation, gathering thoughts is something we can do in many places, at many times during our day and lives — we just have to find what works for us, and where.
It is a skill, an activity, a pursuit worth seeking and doing, because in gathering our thoughts, we step away from the insanity of modern madness that demands so much of all of us, and gives so little in return.
Gathering Thoughts is an original oil painting on canvas, gallery wrapped so that it is ready to hang on the wall as is, without a frame. It is available for direct purchase through the Steve Henderson Fine Art website by simply clicking on the Add to Cart button for secure processing through PayPal.
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