Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Rose

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.  ~Henri Matisse~

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.  We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.  ~Dale Carnegie~

What a lovely thing a rose is!... Our highest assurance of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.  ~Arthur Conan Doyle~

I hope your week is off to a good start! :)


  1. Very sweet words! And photos of course. I hope you have a wonderful week, too, Kat!


  2. Gorgeous photos, Kat. Wishing you a great week as well.

  3. Amen to that first quote! My sweet, uber-talented husband tried to paint my roses once, and it was not his best work. I had no idea that they were do difficult to capture on canvas. Your photos are fantastic!

    This week is starting with a bang here ... hopefully it will taper off in a day or two. Exciting things happening. I'll tell you about them when I can.

    You have a great week, too.

  4. Your photos bring me such joy! I love the rose series, just lovely...


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