They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And though beauty may be all around us we sometimes just don’t see it.
There are some days when life gets a little heavy to carry, and the feeling is glum, then on those days I want, and need, to see something pretty. I know it will help the mood to shift.
It is as if, beauty is a medicine for the soul, an antidote for ugliness – and isn’t ugliness all around us too ?
More often than not the beauty, the pretty for me, comes through nature. Perhaps because nature is perfect, and speaks to everything being okay and in its place.
Art and Music may also have such an effect on a mood. It can transport us on wings of beauty to other places in our souls, where we can find a soothing from the daily grind.
But we need eyes to see and ears to hear, and hearts to understand.
I came across a picture of a rose, and had an injection of prettiness. It tugged at me and I just knew I wanted to draw the rose. You know the feeling you get when a picture just “speaks” to you ? Well this picture spoke to me through its gentle simplicity and soft colours.
So I sharpened my pencils, and sat down to re-create it as best I could. I did not give it its full justice, but my rose does give back to me a hint of soft gentleness, and a warm sense of prettiness.
I hope you get pretty feelings too, when you take a look at it.