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Doodle #70: Sea of Opportunity

From the Doodler:

This is my first doodle in acrylic. It grew out of little demos I was giving at yesterday's Open Art Studio.  I was demonstrating a value gradation for one artist, and using painters tape as a mask for another artist.

The title came from a conversation I had afterwards in which someone saw the little squares as windows to other dimensions. I liked this interpretation. -It's like the Blues of too much opportunity.  Also, I'd had several conversations at Studio with people being confronted with SO MANY art materials and ideas they wanted to play with at once!

I'm still a little frustrated with my photography skills (or lack there of): the blues in the actual doodle are phthalo, looking much richer and more turquoise than you see here in the photo.

From the Scribblers:

“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us -- there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

-contributed for this doodle by Aaron J.

Opportunities fly by my eyes,
Like snowflakes drifting by on the breeze,
Never to be seen again.

I lean back, mouth open, eyes closed,
Which one will be mine?
I long for a new experience,
A new chance,
A new beginning.

But at the same time,
I regret the loss of those that pass me by
And those that I pass by.
Would the taste of that one have been sweeter
Than the one that I caught and savored?
What did I give up when I took hold of this one?

And so it is that with each snowflake captured,
Each opportunity grabbed,
Others are lost.
And no matter how much I enjoy what I have,
I mourn the loss of those I never tasted.

-Cyndi Deaton

I've met two types of people in my life, and I call them big bookstore and little bookstore people. Some of my friends like going to gigantic bookstores, because they want that experience of being outnumbed by life. Other friends feel overwhelmed when faced with that much choice, and prefer a much more focused experience.

Eliza's title indicates a positive experience (big bookstore), but I think it can just as easily be seen as an image of loss (little bookstore): an image of pages being blown away, with the figure in the foreground having only enough time to grab one or two before they're gone.

-Tony B

From the Doodle-Song Sommelier:

Oh that poor blue man! Facing an overwhelming and paralyzing sea of possibilities without anyone to help him. If only he had a group of other blue men to help him. Like The Blue Man Group (with Seattle native Dave Matthews)! I also have an alternate pick for this doodle that I think easily works just as well. "So What" by Miles Davis off his album "Kind of Blue."