Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Journey

This is my entry for The Three Muses Challenge this week (Quotes and Quips) which required that we create art around one of our favorite quotes. I am not sure who originally coined the phrase "It is not the destination but the journey" and it has been rephrased in numerous ways- but I like what it says. Isn't it truly what we learn and experience along our path (metaphorically and real) that really matters. If and when we do reach our "destination" we are bigger and better than when we set out-having grown from the experience.
I created this piece using a personal photo I took (from a road trip 30 years ago to the Grand Canyon) symbolizing someone young , inexperienced and with an open road ahead. Looking back I remember wondering where the Canyon was; (as it was we fell into it at the end of this road) and we had in fact been "there" the whole time. Good times.

33 comments:

  1. When this post popped up in my blog roll, I knew I had to check it out. As always, I'm in awe of your art and this piece is no exception.

    I really love the back story with this piece. Sometimes when I reach the destination, I am thrilled, having learned something along the way. Other times I am saddened that the journey has ended.

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  2. Perfect. This is one of my very favorite quotes too. (now I'll have to find another one...)
    You've captured the essesence of terrifying exhiliration that the start of a journey so often brings. I love the moodiness of this piece.

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  3. This is fantastic and I love that quote; it's so appropriate in so many ways. xxoo

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  4. love this road photo it reminds me of our wedding road trip across the States but we saw the canyon from a little plane..its very Thelma and Louise

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  5. I am so glad that you survived "falling" into the Grand Canyon or we wouldn't be seeing your beautiful artworks. (Joking, of course). Your quote is a great one and you have illustrated it so beautifully. I enjoy your thoughts on life which make your pictures so much more inspiring. Great work, Lori.

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  6. Soooo true, love this quote and lovely art to go with it!!! Wasn't the grand canyon just spectacular??? I went there when I was young too...a memory I'll hold forever. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Ah, the lure of the open road!YUM!Now this is the way it was!We must have been there around the same time!Went cross-country with a friend in her blue Volkswagon "Bug" the Summer after graduating University...2 New Jersey gals heading WEST!After back-packing around in the Southwest we camped and beach-combed all up Highway #101...no camera in those days; had the idea the mind and the retina were AS ONE...definitely a fun take!

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  8. What a great piece, brought back memories of many road trips from my childhood, including the grand canyon.

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  9. What a wonderful quote and a perfect piece to go along with it!!! I love it Lori!!!

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  10. A glorious illustration of one of my favorite quotes, Lori! This is perfect in every way.

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  11. Oh wow this is brilliant.
    Wonderful quote. Fantastic Lori.

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  12. Love the quote, and the picture is amazing, Lori!

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  13. Love the effect with you own photo, Lori, another spectacular piece from you, I agree with the quote, too!

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  14. i have always loved this quote - wonderful contribution!

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  15. Beautiful work! And yes it's the journey that matters. Thank you.

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  16. Very true... only it's hard to remember that somnetimes.....Lovely piece.

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  17. This fits.... A beautiful picture and a wonderful quote.

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  18. Another of your amazing photos uses so artisically! Love the quote too. It expresses my philosophy about almost everythin in life, especially art.

    If you have time, please stop my Amusing Muses for a speciall blog event.

    HeARTFULLY yours,
    Kathy

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  19. Your card and quote are beautiful and the image is just precious.

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  20. I love the combination of techniques, lovely!
    Good quote too!!

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  21. Stunning piece and one of my favourite quotes!

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  22. And when the journey is over, we start off on another one!! I love the photo--this is awesome!

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  23. Great piece, Lori. We obviously think in similar ways! I love how the road leads one into the deep distance.

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  24. Lori, it's a great picture! Love the symbolism expressed here. I've always considered the journey itself part of any vacation, not just where we are ultimately headed.

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  25. Perfect photo for the quote. Great job enhancing it. Makes me long for a road trip.

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  26. this is one of my favorite quotes and you illustrated it beautiful

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  27. That is very ´very true and by the way, it makes things more interesting ;0)

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  28. Great collage and quote - you have altered the photo beautifully! And your story is great: we often fail to notice that we are alredy "there".

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  29. oh this is awesome....i love this one!

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  30. Love your piece and the quote!! such an important thing to remember!!

    Linda

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