Is it possible to bend time? Can time be molded?
Salvador Dali’s painting, “The Persistence of Memory,” makes me think of time being bent or molded. But is that really possible?
My paintings shown below—though not as dramatic as Dali’s—have evidence of time bending and passing… wrinkles, shadows quickly creeping out from trees as the sun moves across the sky, and paintings of persons no longer here. In “After Time” (bottom right) I imagine what it will be like after individuals have finished their lifetimes.
We speak of saving time, time standing still, crunch time, time slipping away. The most common phrase probably is "time management."
But time cannot be managed. That's the most valuable and helpful thing I learned in my post-graduate studies at Drew University. We can only manage ourselves in time. We can manage our use of time, but there is no managing time itself. Twenty-four hours is the limit—for everyone.
Sometimes, while trying to fully use my daily 24 hours, I become almost obsessed. My responsibilities, daily tasks, and progress toward my painting goals all get put into specific time slots. I keep my schedule on a note card in my pocket.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” -- Lao Tzu
A friend shared the above quote (was he hinting for me to slow down?):
Do you “manage” your time well? If you have any helpful tips, please send them my way in the comments section.
The Small Wonders Invitational
Reception on Sunday, June 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Birger Sandzen Gallery, Lindsborg
Country Seasons Boutique
201 South 5th St.
Lauren Quinn Flower Boutique
129 South Santa Fe
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Thanks for reading, and I hope you're having the time of your life!