Nothing New Under the Sun


“What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.”   Ecclesiastes 1:9

Minion and I decided to go on a hike in Nixon Park.  Nixon is one of my favorite places to go, but I can’t tell you why.  It’s not the grandest, most impressive park, but there is so much beauty to be seen.  It’s where Eric and I got engaged.  I bring my camera whenever I go there hoping to photograph something that will inspire a painting.  You would not believe how many times a day  I look at something and think “that would be a cool painting.”

Here are a few of the photos that I took there:

This one is my favorite.  This is a Piebald deer.  I had never seen one or even heard of one until I saw this doe.  I have a feeling she’ll be showing up in a lot of my work.

We also found a turtle, but it didn’t come out to play.

Check out these leaves!  I love how the light is filtering through them.

The underside of these leaves was an awesome silvery color.  I wonder how difficult it would be to mix that color.

This next picture is when I turned to Harmony and said: “Wow! Look at that huge bed of sperm!  ACK! I mean FERNS. FERNS!”  Awkward!

These flowers fell from the trees and were all over the ground.  What are they?

I look for inspiration everywhere I go, but there is nothing new under the sun.  Anything that I create is a mere imitation of God’s creation.  And a very poor imitation at that.  It may be cheesy to say, but being outside is better than any gallery.

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My name is Melody Martin. Check out my art blog, and learn all about the steps and techniques that go into oil paintings.
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8 Responses to Nothing New Under the Sun

  1. Holly Niphakis says:

    Meli…you are wonderfully eloquent and you are a daughter after my own heart….it’s true that being outside is better than any gallery! It truly makes me smile from the inside out whenever I am outside. Sometimes I think of various walks as “Green Cathedrals”. I like the picture of the trees on the path going off to the side…it begs “come further in, explore.” That Piebold deer seems like it’s from a fantasy. Your beautiful flower is from a Poplar tree. 🙂 What a beautiful arrangement of color…the bright green with mandarin orange.

  2. elizabethjancewicz says:

    I love this whole thing. I wish I could pinpoint exact details I love about this post, but I think I’d be pinpointing everything.

  3. Easten says:

    I love ferns! I definitely think you should feature some ferns in your future paintings:)

  4. Erika says:

    I love this post! Makes me want to take a stroll outside…

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