Description Sometimes an old fable brings new meaning to our very modern lives ...Once upon a time in India there were five blind men (some say 6, some say 7) who wanted to find out what an elephant was like. So off they went to the far off wilderness. After traveling a long while they happened on a great beast. As they tried to discover the nature of this creature, which they had decided together must be the elephant, they all began to describe it to each other. As he grabbed the tail, one blind man said, Ah, it is like a rope and I can climb it! Bumping into a leg, the second said, Ah, no! It is like a tree trunk, rough and round ... I can barely get my arms around it. Feeling the trunk, the third said, No! No! It is like a snake that wriggles in my hand. The fourth, grabbing an ear said, It feels like a fan and I can feel the cool air as it waves. The fifth, feeling the vast underbelly said, You are all wrong! It is solid and hard and goes on and on ... like a wall!!!Thus, the blind men who all had a portion of the truth, believed only their own and missed out on the whole.Perception is everything ... isnt it?
Anne Selleck, Manistee Michigan Member Since November 2008 Artist Statement I am a watercolor painter. My paintings are usually inspired by something I've read. I love philosophy, stories, fables, the Bible, theology etc. and have a hard time getting out of a book store empty handed.
Most of my paintings have stories that go with them and you'll find the stories in the description area next to each painting. As I've observed people look at my paintings, I've noticed that reading the stories adds to their enjoyment of the art. Sometimes it is fun to have an inside look at the beginnings (or endings) of a piece of art.
Feel free to create your own stories. I hope you enjoy this small journey of spirit!