composite art, Life from A to Z

Simplicity

Simplicity boils down to two steps:
Identify the essential.
Eliminate the rest.

LEO BABAUTA

Welcome back to my series Life: From A to Z and the word Simplicity for the letter “S.” And just for the record, you have no idea how excited I am that there are only SEVEN letters left! Don’t think for a second that I’m finding it easy to write through the alphabet. But, I’m proud of myself for sticking to it. The last thing I need on the blog is another unfinished series.

Anyway, I love simplicity. I wish I was able to live simply, but I have a little too much craziness in my blood. A perfect example is my featured image. I had the word simplicity in mind today and then I took my mom to Hobby Lobby. I found a simple piece that made me think “yes… that is perfect! It is nice and simple.”

And here is it:

I thought “Wow! I can replicate that… easy peasy!” And it probably would have been if I had just stuck to the plan. I wanted to try out more watercolor brushes so I found an old wood wall and some palm trees and then I painted them. Once I was finished I thought “hmmm… that looks like the perfect place for a hammock.” And there you have it.

When you think about it though, the image I created really does seem simplistic. It looks to me like a child’s drawing, and then some random adult decided to move into the scene because it seemed like a nice quiet place to hang a hammock and relax.

Maybe simplicity isn’t just about doing or having the bare minimum, like minimalism. Maybe simplicity is about being able to entertain yourself without company and without a lot of expensive props. Maybe it’s about being down to earth, and NOT a high maintenance drama queen. So, if that’s the case, then I think my featured image really does portray simplicity.

When you look at it that way, simplicity is a close relative of gratitude. Like the dude in my image… maybe he can’t afford an expensive luxury vacation, but he found something simple (and cheap) that would work for him instead… and he’s just grateful to be there, and grateful for what he has. So, I think I may have learned something here tonight.

Simplicity isn’t about having less, it’s about not needing more.


That’s about all for now. Until next time,
Peace & Love!!

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.

DOUG HORTON
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