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On being well-rounded

December 31, 2016

       Bullit Proof Polka Dot - Hester Van Dapperen - http://www.dapperen.com 

                    

 

Sure, I have several New Year's Resolutions:

1. Take more pictures.

2. Save more money.

3. Make more money to achieve #2.

4. Finally take that trip to South Africa.

5. Wait, you may want to rethink #4. It would would defeat the purpose of #2.

6. But I'm putting money away into my 401k plan again! 

7. Good point. Just be sure to take a lot of pictures.

 

 


 

Oh, Henry.

 

 

You are

                        what

you

            make me feel

 

and I rub

 

you

            which makes

                                    me

                                                warm and fuzzy,

                                   too.

 

 

It’s

 

you     

 

            making pies

                                   

            and me

                        salivating.

 

I water

 

you     

 

            so that

 

you                 

                                    grow back each year.

     

 

                                          

 

And then

     

 

I pick

                 

you,                 

 

            since

 you     

 

                        are                             

                                                                                              by

                                                                                                   far 

                                               

 

                               the    

                                            sweetest    peach.
 

                                           


 

During New Year's, people from the Philippines have a thing for polka dots. Really they're quite favorable of round things in general. Coins, grapes, and other circular objects are all auspicious; believed to attract money and good fortune. One of my Filipino friends has never celebrated a ball drop outside of a family member's home during this time. He always celebrates with the same people, although a few faces change from year to year. So, while others are busy trying to get "busy" in new and exciting ways, others are doing the same thing with the same people. Again.

 

People they know.

People they trust.

People they love.

People called family.

 

Not a bad idea, perhaps. Because times come and go, years change, and so do people (and faces). But sometimes, if you're really lucky (and, apparently, wearing spots), you end up one year older, one year later, surrounded by the same people, all miraculously changing with you.

 

 

Quite possibly the loveliest full circle imaginable.

 

...

 

I wish you all a very well-rounded 2017.

Cheers! :)

 

Contemporary visual artist, Hester Van Dapperen, of Amsterdam, enjoys painting people in motion on a background of modern life. She finds much of her inspiration in urban environments of metropolitan areas. She began at the Fashion Academy in Amsterdam and even designed clothing for brands like Oilily and Mexx. However, the visual arts were her passion which she turned into her profession. She was even accepted into a master class with well-known German artist, Jorg Immendorf. 

 

Hester always wants to make the importance of used materials visible in her work.

You can view more of her conceptual art on her website: http://www.dapperen.com

 

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