As an artist I like to think that I communicate through my paintings, however as a human being, I realise more and more that the real art of communication, the sharing of emotions, feelings and concerns is often difficult. For most of us the learning and re-honing of communication skills will be a work in progress until the day we depart from this zone….
The rapid watercolours in this post are from the Boathouse Studio series.
It’s all too easy to make snap judgements and to categorise others, and then to impose our own ideas of what’s right and wrong.
Depending on our life experiences, especially during the formative years, when our minds our like blotting paper, we are taught to view the world in a certain way, and it is here that the basis for our communication skills are formed.
A recent letter from my daughter reminded me of how easy it is to compartmentalise certain areas of our lives. Christie’s observations had sparked a light bulb moment for her and then consequently for me.
Christie had examined her feelings and concerns and then had the courage to communicate them to me.
Christie’s courage has removed a box/compartment, which in turn, allows for a freer flow of real communication.
Like anything of substance, we need to practise and work on our communication skills.
The following quote from Mark Twain, points this out so eloquently.
“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech”.
Such a thoughtful post, Janet – the dawning of awareness, of itself, and of how to speak it.
Thank you very much:)
So very true and such marvellous portraits to accompany your words (and Mark Twain’s!).
Love the loseness of the portraits and what you are writing is absolutely true
How very true, yes, communication can never be taken for granted and does need constant awareness. Beautiful paintings here.xxx
Thank you, Dina:)xxx
the images are beautifully expressed
Beautifully conceived in thought, word and image. Even more beautifully executed. xo
Beautiful, all of it.
Reblogged this on My Life as an Artist (2).
Something tells me Christie is as smart and beautiful (inside and out) as her mother. 🙂
Most definitely Christie is beautiful, inside and out:) Thank you so much. x
A powerful post on communication skills. You say it rightly Jane. It something we must keep learning until we leave the world. A good mastery of communication can enable you open many doors.
Thank you – 🙂
You are welcome Janet.