Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday
May 2, 2013 Sue

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” Confucius

Waterlily in Bloom

Water Lily Reflection 8×8″ watercolor $100

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The quote today talks about reflection in relation to wisdom, and I can see the importance of that in our daily living.

But it was the reflections in this photo that was so inspiring to me and pulled me in to paint this water lily.

With the sun shining from the back it created the most interesting shapes in the water. And the colors in the petals were so translucent.

As I’m in the process of painting it becomes a time of reflection for me.

Enjoy!

Comments (16)

  1. Tiffany 4 years ago

    I love this quote. I must admit that most of my wisdom up to this point has been from experience although I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about it but when I learn the “hard way” it really resonates with you and isn’t easily forgotten. Lately I have been trying to make better decisions by reflection though.

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Tiffany- I’m with you there,I think I went to the school of hard knocks. Learn by experience- I had to do it my way.

  2. Vickie Martin 4 years ago

    what a great reminder – i love the quote and I needed a reminder to spend more time in “reflection” – part of adhering to my word of the year – RELAX!

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Hi Vickie- good to hear from you and I would love to incorporate more of the “relax” word into my daily life too

  3. Ruth Packard 4 years ago

    Sue,
    I always love your water colors! What a good play on words with the reflections! I must confess I would love to learn water colors by imitation of your techniques!

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Ruth, you are so sweet! Thanks for the kind words. Well here is a hint at a future post- I will be teaching my first class this summer! The first one will be in person and then I’m hoping to move it online, so be watching! I’d love to have you join me.

  4. Deborah Weber 4 years ago

    What a lovely painting Sue! There’s something about water lilies, at least for me, that pull you into a place of stillness so helpful for reflection. And I love that they showed you literal reflections as well. 😉

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Hi Deborah! I felt the same way as I was painting this painting, peaceful, still and reflective. So glad you stopped by.

  5. Thank you for the lovely post. It will inspire me to get some things done despite the bitter in some of the doing. Your water lily is lovely. Enjoy your day.

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Sheila, so happy to hear from you and grateful this brought a bit of inspiration.

  6. Amy Putkonen 4 years ago

    Beautiful water lily. Loved the quote. I think as we experience the water lily, we are transformed.

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Thank you Amy- it is always a pleasure when you come by!

  7. Michele Bergh 4 years ago

    I love your painting and hearing how the time to create became a time of reflection. I love the quote too…much wisdom there.

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      Sue 4 years ago

      Michele-I felt like the quote was so appropriate when I came across it so I just had to share. Thanks for the visit!

  8. Cindy Mihalko 4 years ago

    Hello Sue –
    Beautiful Water Lily! When we are at the lake, either on the boat or if I am on the dock, I love staring at them…and their reflections. I will always think of this and do more reflecting. Thank you for the fantastic quote too.

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      Sue 4 years ago

      What a great way to reflect on the day, I love the water! So glad you stopped by- Thanks.

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