is a work currently on exhibit at Hudson Fine Art and Framing. While working on a group of paintings designed around the concept of hanging on and letting go, my husband suggested that we see the delightful short movie The Red Balloon. On the surface, the movie appears to be total whimsy. But it packs a profound punch in terms of human behavior. Seems that the boy has a red balloon. The school teachers and administrators regard this balloon as a diversion from the serious needs-to-be-done stuff of which our lives are comprised. The boy is punished for his magic. Other boys become jealous of this object of wonder and go about the game of capturing and destroying it. They do. But the defeat is only temporary. For me, the balloon is the magic that is within each individual waiting to be realized. Becoming jealous of another's "red balloon" is self-defeating and a waste of time.
The lesson is clear. Get thee a red balloon of your own.
Discover your magic.