Picture of Happiness
Saturday, May 3, 2008 6:05:48 AM
Once, a famous Turkish poet (Nazim Hikmet) asked a question to a famous Turkish painter (Abidin Dino): “Can you draw the picture of happiness Abidin?”
I first saw this picture on Snowdream's Blog and thanks to Little Prince, we identified the artist and I was able to find out more about him.
But the artist his self is not really the point.
The image was captivating. If the bio is true, he certainly achieved his goal.
UPDATE: Thanks to someone that opened an account on Opera just to let us know... "This painting titled "(censor)" was painted and copyrighted in 1974 by American artist (censor). The information that Abidin Dino is the artist is WRONG!!!"
I went back to the source where I confirmed the artist and sure enough, the picture is now a dead link. Seems we found bad information on the internet! I am shocked!
My apologies to (censor). Click on the picture to jump to her page (sorry, link removed).
One look and gave me the feeling of happiness. It brought back a time when what it took to be happy was simple.
I can remember an old rambling two story farm house that was heated with coal in the fireplace grates. The whole family beneath tons of home made quilts to make sure the mornings chill was bearable.
Dad slipping out from under the covers without lifting them so the warmth would not leak out when he went to build the fire.
Spending the day riding stick horses. carrying water from the well and bringing in the coal from the pile.
My sister was a baby and she played in front of the fireplace while Mom made corn syrup.
God! that was a happy time.
Now I have TVs in every room. Each member of the family has their own computer and cell phone. People get lost in my house at times. There is the pool to clean for the grand children. The convertible has to be washed each week. I have bills. I have a demanding job.
Yet if it all went away, I would have my most prized possession, my family. And I think I would still be this happy.
Thank you Lord and thank you Baby.
Thank you (censor).
And thanks to Snowdream for bringing this to remind me.