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Happiness is a Happy Balance

You have a really happy feeling that creeps up on you from nowhere.  Your smile is small.  You take a deep breath.  By the time you're exhaling you realize that what you are feeling is truly happiness.  Then the very next thought is panic that is might not last.  Happiness is like riding a soap bubble floating on a gentle breeze.  Ride it too hard you'll slide into it and suffocate or worse pop it and fall.  Balance your happy wisely.  Mixed media with ripped paper, gesso, acrylic paint, india ink and colored pencils.



















Shared with Art Journal Every Day  Paint Party Friday

26 comments:

  1. I know those moments. I try to over analyze them with what made me so happy so I can do it again sometime. :)) If only balance was easy.

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  2. What a perfect explanation of the happiness bubble and a great page to go with it

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  3. Love this. Your page is beautiful. I especially love the background...so many lovely layers and your bubbles are just great.

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  4. Balance your happy -- what a great phrase! Love your page. xo

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  5. That would be the best sport- riding bubbles! Happy PPF!

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  6. How amazing is this- and SO true! I love the way you illustrated it and the colors you used are PERFECTO!
    Happy PPF,
    Stephanie

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  7. I do love that feeling of riding the happiness bubble. Beautiful work. Happy PPF

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  8. Wonderful bubbles, layers and sentiment.

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  9. SUCH great advice! Balance can be so hard sometimes. My problem comes from letting other people effect my happiness. Yuck. Thank you so much for sharing encouragement! PS I am your newest follower. Yay! :)

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  10. Lovely color and composition! And great message of course! We shouldn't worry too much about whether we'll lose it, but enjoy happiness when it shows up. And cultivate it wherever possible! I hope you have a warm and very super fun December. :)

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  11. Beautiful words and painting, Mary.
    Love the composition!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  12. Love all the layers. Fantastic collage , and those bubbles are amazing too! Happy PPF and thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  13. Lovely and true concept and lovely page!

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  14. i really like the delicate feeling of the background... it fits perfectly with your theme!

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  15. Loving your interpretation of the words, a fabulous page. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  16. Love the thought of balancing your happy.

    Beautiful page.

    Happy PPF!

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  17. Love your illustration. Fun piece. HPPF

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  18. This is awesome, and I do know that feeling, and love your explanation.

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  19. Such a great way of understanding happiness and how fleeting it can be if we keep trying too hard. Your page has lots of depth and I especially like the yellow happiness as yellow is my happy colour.

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  20. Love the page. The happiness bubble is a great idea. Thanks.

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  21. What truth this depicts, I would say 'balance' is the most important thing to do in all of life- and the hardest (for me), as I am an 'all or nothing' person. sigh. Happy PPF.

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  22. “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.”

    Love that quote by Kurt Vonnegut from A Man Without a Country. Lovely page! Here's to finding balance!

    Rita

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  23. I love your collage and idea of happiness. Beautiful work

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  24. Great advice and great art too!

    Love the butterflies in the background :)

    Karenx

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  25. What a wonderful journal page - love the shapes and the composition is great.

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  26. Oh, beautiful words, and that artwork goes so well with it. Love it!

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