¿ It takes more power to create than to destroy – and is empowering and joyful in the process ?

The several week old – new pedestrian bridge has been vandalized – not even a month old. Not by sledgehammer or graffiti, but someone in the middle of the night cut the cables that illuminate the bright white lights on the sides and blue glowing islands. A security guard told me when I asked if this was an ‘alternative ambient lighting’? No, someone cut the cable, which will be repaired.

pedestrian bridge Providence, Rhode Island

Yesterday I was bicycling on a bike path to buy groceries and a man was picking up a broken bench of a picnic table. I often pause there because it’s close to a store and there’s a little grove of trees and a stream. I once had a squirrel encounter in which we each popped our heads to one and then the other side of the tree (the squirrel had to move several strides, i just leaned) but it was perfect, comical timing, 5, 6 times in a row, that I’d lean to one side then the other, and the squirrel was doing the same thing – on the same side! It was hilarious. I will never forget it. And remember each time I pass these trees. I also met a 9 yearish old boy who found a baby bird in the spring, and I talked with him a bit and gave him my knit hat (I wasn’t very keen on the hat anyway) to carry the bird and said he could feed it with an eye dropper….So we had this little exchange and yeah, I have pleasant experiences in various places that have been adorned to make them pleasant for others, where people pass one another and interact.

The man picking up the board broken in half said, “someone deliberately broke it, so no one else could sit there to enjo”. I shared the – sort of the shaking of the head words – of being sorry about it, as we exchanged our sympathies and smiles. I felt that ephemeral connection in feeling with that stranger at that moment.

pedestrian bridge Providence, Rhode Island

I don’t know what rage or quest for power causes someone to destroy? It brings a lot more joy to oneself – and others – to create, and is ultimately much more powerful. It takes more time and involvement to create, and in the little places where you get stuck but then get through it, bring more satisfaction.

It takes only a few moments to destroy something, and more energy to make excuses in one’s mind of why, with perhaps some lingering guilt, if that is even conceivable for some.

Graffiti Discovery | Pawtucket, RI | 10,000 Suns (sunflowers)

graffiti, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

graffiti discovery Pawtucket Rhode Island

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10,000 sunflowers, Providence, Rhode Island, 10,000 Suns, community growing

10,000 sunflowers, flowers looking away against a dark sky

Japanese Garden & The Bridge | 2 versions Faber Castell Watercolor Art Progression | Providence, RI July ’18

I realized months later that I wish to reveal each of these paintings from the same view, separately, as the singular processes that each were.

Japanese Garden – Faber Castell watercolor pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Japanese Garden – Faber Castell watercolor pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Bridge – Faber Castell watercolor 2nd version same view – pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Bridge – Faber Castell watercolor 2nd version same view – pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The first rendition, was this one

the Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden – Faber Castell watercolor pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Japanese Garden – Faber Castell watercolor pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

When I returned to complete this one, I merely added some last details for shadows.

I decided right away to start a new one

 

By the time I finished this one, I decided to never sit there for a painting again.It was really close to the carousal, and the music of the carousal remained in my head – after sitting there this second 5 hours or so – later into the evening.

bridge 1st sketch

bridge 1st sketch

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the Bridge

Bridge – Faber Castell watercolor 2nd version same view – pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

Bridge – Faber Castell watercolor 2nd version same view – pencil progression of the Japanese Tea Garden in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island

 

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Progressive creation of the captivating tree | Faber Castell Water Color Pencils

captivated with this tree

I completed this first one, captivated with the tree on the lower right hand corner, in two sittings. . I did this today, Cinco de Mayo at Roger Williams park in Providence, Rhode Island, outside of the Botanical Gardens.

Here’s the latest rendition

elegant tree, robin

elegant tree
new rendition
robin that lives there

tree i’m captivated with near the Botanical Garden in Roger Williams park

by the Botanical gardens in Roger Williams park, Providence, RI

Below is my first rendition.

tree, captivated , Botanical Garden, Roger Williams park

elegant tree, robin

Faber Castell water color pencils with a brush and water

flickr link to my colored pencil watercolor painting of the elegant tree that I fell in love with a week ago

This is today’s, May 14th, a week later – more space in between to breath.