Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Seat of Knowledge

"Seat of Knowledge" 20x16" Oil on Canvas

 "Knowledge is knowing we cannot know." 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This wing back chair sits vacant in the north facing window of my studio. It was a rescue from a friend of my daughter's whose cat had taken a liking to it. 

To me, this chair is the semblance of the Tree of Knowledge growing smack dab in the middle of the Garden of Eden, tempting all who come upon it to eat of its forbidden fruit. The shiny, sweet-talking tangerine, balancing precariously on a limb is the brightest allure in this lush garden.

Can you imagine sitting shamelessly idle, sipping on a cup of jasmine tea, and delving into the hidden secrets of a half finished book in the middle of a quiet afternoon? Seeing this chair empty, makes me wonder if its latest occupant was cast out of paradise mid bite after partaking of...heaven forbid...leisure time?!? Wonder what that feels like? Guess I'll never know. It all comes down to living your passion. Are you living yours?

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  1. Gotta say, wonderful insights. We have several chairs like this. Some are so fragile they are the "chairs no one sits in." If chairs could talk.

  2. Oh...if only chairs could talk!!! I've got a few that look like they were in a boxing match. No telling what secrets they're stuffing. : ) What a great thought, Bob. Thanks for commenting.