Artist: James Golaszewski
Title: It's Not About You

Mixed media/acylic
Size: 16"h x 40"w

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It's Not About You

  • I love to watch the sunlight race across the countryside on partly cloudy days.

    Each spot of the landscape is in a constant state of change, one second brightly lit, the next in shadow, and then back into the sunshine. At the same time, other parts of the scene are also flashing back and forth from sunshine to shadow and the complete panorama is ever changing and never completely light or dark.

    The areas of shadow never last long, and each island of sunshine is made all the more precious by the knowledge that the shadows are approaching.

    The sunbeams and shadows dance and cavort across the countryside in patterns created by a creative collaboration between a blazing star millions of miles away, and ever-changing puffs of vapor floating a few thousand feet above our heads.

    On days like this, an observer with an earthbound perspective could not be blamed for wondering why their world is constantly changing from sunshine to shadow. They may even be tempted to think they can somehow control things, or that they are somehow responsible for the sunshine or darkness.

    It is only when we step back and look at the big picture that we realize the dancing sunbeams and shadows are beyond our control. Once you make that discovery, you can have no illusions that your actions can somehow control the patterns of light and shadow. It is only then that you discover the truth.

    it 's not about you.

    Image and text © 2014 James Golaszewski