Monday, May 10, 2010

civility

Monday morning - back to civilities of life. When I am painting, I strive for a certain civility in my work. There must be a certain politeness, a modicum of respect and an air of gentility. There is something nice about finding that in my work that sets me straight with purpose. My work brings a polite start to my day, along with a fresh cup of morning coffee in my blue and white porcelain mug.

What sort of civility or manner makes your day more well-behaved?

25 comments:

Housewife Bliss said...

I find that sitting in the garden flicking through a glossy mag with a steaming hot cup of tea gives me 5 minutes of pure heaven, especially if the sun is beating down on me.

pve design said...

Housewife Bliss -
I love that you take time for you, to find a few minutes bliss in the midst of housewifery!
pve

Modern Traditionalist said...

I find that using one's china, even if only for a quick snack, always imbues a sense of civility. I've never understood those who have beautiful china yet rarely use it.

MT

Debra said...

What adds civility to my day and work... keep coffee away from any painting or illustration.......
I love the feeling when returning from the gym that I have been good to myself and am all set to go!
Your painting is lovely~ it's a new project?

pve design said...

MT-
I do have a rare cup, that I like to use, especially with a small bit of chocolate for a a decadent day.
pve

Debra,
There was an artist who liked to have the "ring" of coffee mugs in the work, I will have to check to see, I think I spotted it at the Moma a few years ago.
pve

amy and ann said...

I count on my coffee and my quiet time before my house wakes. In fact I will get up really early just to have it. I like to pet my dog and think, dream. I love that you find tranquillity in your art!

ann

North of 25A said...

I cannot seem to get enough blue & white anything.
Wishing you a gentle Monday,
Colleen

Barbara said...

Good morning!
A cup of hot tea with lemon and ginger helps start my day.
BarG

Ivy Lane said...

Walking in the park in the morning...hearing the birds sing!

Ivy Lane said...

Doing my morning workout in the park... amoungst all the beautiful nature... Your painting reminds me of my Mom! beautiful!

pretty pink tulips said...

That first cup of coffee is a MUST. It is enjoyed most in a black mug that is branded with the M bar of my father-in-law's ranch. (I have found it to keep the coffee the hottest the longest).

And, it's a real plus if after I drop the boys at school, I get to head to yoga. Today is not one of those days.

pve design said...

Pretty Pink-
My aim is yoga tuesday and I will give thanks for your motivation - M! Omm!
pve

Karena said...

Love my morning coffee and then taking the time for everyday kindness and empathy. I love your works and of course your gentility shines through.

Karena

Art by Karena

La Maison Fou said...

I cannot believe that I am saying; but 4 miles on the olyptical machine, takes the edge off and gets me focused!
L.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Love your "work in progress"! This looks like it will be a beauty. I also love your idea of starting the day with some time of peace and civility! A wonderful goal to strive for! Best wishes for a week of serenity and beauty!

Purple Flowers said...

I enjoy the civility of having my morning cup of tea looking out at the back yard. We have a large tree that I enjoy looking at, and give thanks.

Cristin said...

My morning tea!

xo,
cristin

Frau said...

Coffee for sure...no internet issue is another plus!Have a wonderful Monday!

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Beautiful painting in the works!
Janell

A-M said...

My 'Great Room', inspired by your 'Jazz Room' got a double page spread in June Home Beautiful. You're in print as my inspiration! Wow, all the way over the other side of the world! I would like to send you a copy of the magazine. Please email me at a-m@capecoddesigns.com.au with a postal address. A-M xx

pve design said...

A-M-
Wow, I am so thrilled....off to send you an e-mail with my address!
thanks dear! I look forward to seeing the article and Australia one of these days.
pve

24 Corners said...

I was raised in a European fashion and my mother always set the breakfast table with her beautiful tea cups (for coffee), china and linens.
I find it very comforting to do that now...although most of the time I'm usually in front of the PC in the am, but my coffee is in a very pretty, antique, blue & white extra large tea cup.
Classical music, old jazz and french music also bring the civility into my day...

Lovely post!

home before dark said...

Making my coffee: freshly ground beans, pure water, placed into my Technivorm coffee maker. You (I) have to be present in every step or disaster lurks (the worst was when I put the grinder cup in upside down coating/killing my coffee grinder!). It is a morning meditation that is poured into one three last remaining mugs I gave my parents over 45 years ago. The mugs have come back to be now filled with many coffee moments I shared with my parents. My morning coffee fills my new day with a connection across time and space and makes me content.

kayce hughes said...

It looks like it's going to be a good one.

Hello Lover... said...

I don't have a lot of free time so it tends to be listening to my favorite music in the car or having a great latte while browing some pretty magazines!

This painting looks like it is going to be amazing!