Serendipitously YoursEmbracing The Delightfully Unexpected
Art and I have always had a love affair. Serendipity has always been a friend of mine.
Technology? Well, I always say that I didn't choose technology, it chose me for what became a grand seduction. This is certainly the medium I mostly use to creatively express myself in one form or the other. But I digress.
This is a serendipitous story of a tree, two great masters and I.
I studied photography as a form of creative outlet while engaging in left brain intellectual pursuits in college. I had been inspired by the beautiful landscapes of Ansel Adams and felt I needed to pick up a camera. I also worked as an art consultant at a well established art gallery in New Orleans, a place that is considered the cultural womb of the United States. No doubt their Jazz venues and French inspired coffee houses have been creative incubators for many of creative minds.
As an art consultant, surrounded by incredible art work, I was drawn in particular by the work of H. Leung. His mystical landscapes spoke to me, and resonated deeply. It turned out that his artwork was what I ended up selling the most of. Little did I know that H. Leung and I would cross paths again rather unexpectedly.
Years later, during a random visit to an Antique store in the Washington DC metro area, I serendipitously ran into a Leung original. I knew it immediately and it was love at first sight. It was a rare, original painting once owned by a well known Navy Commander. The Jeffrey Pine at Sentinel Dome
. It spoke to me right away. As if to say "I am here and I am yours, if you'll have me." Well, the feeling was mutual.
This tree has captured the imagination of many due to its unique poetic beauty and windswept formation. It certainly intrigued the famous photographer Ansel Adams who photographed it in 1940 (originally photographed by Carleton Watkins in 1867). It was a mysterious tree that grew out of the top of a granite dome in Yosemite National Park. For years no one understood how this tree could grow out of this rock formation and live so long. It died during a drought in 1977 and stood for over a hundred years until it fell in 2003.
The Jeffrey Pine met the gaze and captured the imagination of H. Leung in 1983 when he painted an original of it and gave it life again with his incredible use of painterly light and hues.
I now know that very few things happen by chance and when unexpected, pleasant surprises meet me on the road of life, I wholeheartedly embrace the opportunity.
The universe speaks to us and guides us along our journey. If we're open, we recognize the soft whisper. Take serendipity without reservation by the hand and let it lead you to a new and unexpected level of possibility. Make that new possibility serendipitously yours.How has serendipity shown up in your life?Do you courageously embrace opportunities when they unexpectedly appear in your life?
Read more about The Jeffrey Pine here:
The Jeffrey Pine by Ansel Adams http://shop.anseladams.com/Jeffrey_Pine_p/1901008.htm
The Sentinel Dome: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentinel_Dome#art #life #serendipity #possibility
Art work: Oil on Canvas, H. Leung (1983)
Photo: +Melisa Rivera