i never tire of looking at this old still life painting...a simple, yet beautiful vase of flowers. i get lost with its aged colors, the varied brush strokes, her magical light, and mysterious shadows. i recently moved it to my front room where there is a little more light streaming in the windows, creating more exploration and more depth into this work of art. then comes the late evening ushering in a completely different take with the light of a lamp and few twinkle lights that dangle from above the window seat, casting a soft glow. i wish i could have met this artist from a time long, long ago...to sit with her/him and have a cup of tea and talk of the simplicity and complexities of their world. i want to be like this painting...casting light, learning, ever learning...the mystery of the shadows, and creating beauty in all areas of my life...wherever i might be!