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What Makes You Happy Every Time You See It

Updated on October 14, 2019
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Denise has been studying and teaching art and painting for 40+ years. She has won numerous prestigious awards for her art and design.

Oil painting of the young fisherman.
Oil painting of the young fisherman. | Source

Nature

I was asked the question, “What makes you happy every time you see it?” The answer came to me without even thinking, the sky, nature, growing things. I love to walk outside and breath the air, look up, and smile. It rejuvenates me and pulls the ends of my mouth up without even trying. Trees, the smell of newly cut grass, clean air, birds chirping nearby, the blue of the sky with little white clouds skidding past, a slight breeze caressing my shoulder before kissing the leaves and rustling them. Just walking the dog gives me such joy. I really should walk outside more often.

You might not make it to the top, but if you are doing what you love, there is much more happiness there than being rich or famous.

— Tony Hawk
Watercolor Harpist Angel
Watercolor Harpist Angel | Source

Recreating Nature

As an artist, I try and capture that elation but it’s always a poor imitation. How can a painting every capture the smells, sounds, and feel of air? It can’t. Still, I try on and on. Just trying to capture nature in oils or watercolors or collage, also gives me great delight.

I’m happy when I’m creating and developing some new images. I’m a creative type. You know the type. I was one of those people no one wanted to sit next to in high school but now everyone wants to know me. Creatives are lonely in that way. But if we are creative we live for the art and don’t really care what people think or do so it’s all okay.

A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy. Police officials couldn’t draw any conclusions. His life was erased.

The watercolor grapevine.
The watercolor grapevine. | Source

Sweaty Creative

I suppose you heard before that creativity is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. So that makes me one of those sweaty creatives.

I have to say that I still squint at people who stop me at gas stations or at the mall and greet me by name with a big smile, announcing that they knew me in high school. I squint because I can’t remember them for the life of me; they certainly never spoke to me in school and weren’t my close friends, but now, without their peers around, we must be friends. Hmmm. I don’t care about that anymore. I am having too much fun being an artist.

I heard this joke about art paper.

It was tearable.

Watercolor "The Gymnasts"
Watercolor "The Gymnasts" | Source

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Watercolor "The Hummingbird"
Watercolor "The Hummingbird" | Source

Q: Why do we paint Easter eggs?

A: Because it's easier than trying to wallpaper them!

Live Simply

Part of the new lifestyle I have adopted means living simply. To live on an artist’s income is not usually a very lucrative endeavor, but very satisfying. So I simplify. I’ve learned to live with little in the way of furniture and creature comforts. I don’t need the latest car. There is no one to impress anyway. I don’t want the latest fancy sofa or living room group. There is no room for that kind of thing.

My husband and I live in a small apartment and love that we don’t have too much space to clean. We like each other’s company enough to live together in close proximity and still be respectful of each other’s space. I used to spread out my crafty projects to take up tables and whole rooms but I can’t do that now. I keep it small and clean up/put away when I’m done. This means I have to schedule my time and space well. I have to finish a project and not leave it half done for months like I used to do.

Watercolor "The Pigmy Owl"
Watercolor "The Pigmy Owl" | Source

Planning Creativity

Part of my scheduling routine has been to keep a weekly calendar I can write in. I have an online calendar too but rarely use it for crafty scheduling. I schedule how long I think a project will last and only keep the table or desk space cluttered with it that long. If it isn’t done, I just have to pack it up and pull it out at a later date. It’s the only way to be respectful of my space and his. He is my dear friend, not someone who remembers my face from high school, but someone who loves me, respects me, and I want to keep him around. This too makes me happy.

The Earth without art is just Eh.

Watercolor "Zebra Friends"
Watercolor "Zebra Friends" | Source

Family

My husband and children and grandchildren make me happy every time I see them. I don’t get to see the children and grandchildren as often as I’d like but they send me photos regularly and it’s a treat when I get to visit. I like to add to the blessing of the visits by taking my own photos and them creating with them. I’ve made little photo composite fairies and pixies from almost all my grandchildren, and even some nieces and nephews. My husband lets me create to the neglect of everything else, even cooking his meals and cleaning the house. However, I don’t do that often. I DO want to keep him around so I make time to clean and cook.

Unsharpened pencils are pointless!

Watercolor "Tulip Wrap"
Watercolor "Tulip Wrap" | Source

Loners

We creatives are the lonely types but not in a bad way. We love being alone. I know I do. I love the quiet and solitude I get while painting or creating with Photoshop. Since my husband is a videographer and writer, he also is a bit of a loner and so we both have hours of blissful creation time before we get hungry and need to say something to each other. That is a delight.

If a red house is made of red bricks and a brown house is made of brown bricks and an orange house is made of orange bricks, what is a greenhouse made of?

Glass. Greenhouses are made of glass.

Watercolor "The Sea Gull"
Watercolor "The Sea Gull" | Source

Final Thoughts

I know we are a funny and unusual couple but it works for us. The question is what makes you happy? Can you name it? Do you know what makes you happy and consciously put more of it in your life? I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on the subject in the comments below.

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    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      6 days ago from Fresno CA

      Patricia, my brother-in-law posted on Facebook that his patience paid off and now his car clock is finally telling the correct time. It does seem too early to be dark but there you are.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 days ago from sunny Florida

      You are most welcome...the more reasons I can find to laugh the better off I am. Angels headed your way this evening. It is just 7ish and I am yawning already.....it gets dark so early that it makes me think I need to start feeling drowsy and the truth is I stay up late usually. Certainly I will get used to the change before DST returns. ps

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      7 days ago from Fresno CA

      Patricia Scott,

      I'm so happy I made you chuckle this morning. Laughter is not heard often enough. Writing is an art! I'm okay at it but not really talented like some... like you. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Patricia Scott 

      7 days ago from sunny Florida

      Lovely art work you shared. To me those of you who create art have a special way to being able to translate what is seen or felt into a lovely that we can enjoy. I adore viewing art but lack the skill, talent, whatever to make it happen on a canvas or a board or a rock. So I write.

      I could not choose one thing that makes me happy every time....as there are many and for different reasons. Thank you for sharing. O and thanks for the chuckles. Angels are headed your way this morning.

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      William Kovacic,

      I am so happy you liked what I wrote. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      3 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Nikki Khan,

      Thank you for sharing your joys. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      William Kovacic 

      3 weeks ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Such is the life of an artist, Denise. You summed it up well no matter where the creative mind takes us - art, music, writing, etc.

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      Nikki Khan 

      3 weeks ago from London

      Beautiful article, I loved all the art pictures, marvellous dear.

      I love writing, reading, walking through the trees, madly in love with nature though. My husband and my children, unfortunately, my parents aren’t with me anymore but I always cherish their memories all the time.

      Thanks for reminding all through this amazing hub.

      Many blessings to you and your husband!

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      4 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Paula,

      I'm so happy you liked my title and my thoughts. I just went for a walk and couldn't get past how happy it all made me. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Denise McGill 

      4 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Lora Hollings,

      Yes, walks this time of year. Such a joy to feel the cooler air caressing your skin. I'm so happy you like my work too. I feel affirmed! Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Paula 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Denise.....This is such an enjoyable read. You certainly are an enormously talented Artist and it's quite easy to accept how happy this makes you. There's a whole lot to be said about that concept of "doing what makes us the happiest." I wholeheartedly agree.

      In response to your Title's question.....I must say the first thing that came to mind for me was:.....A group of exquisite, lovable, wonderful children, all ages, shapes & sizes......singing, dancing & laughing together, bringing joy to those around them. As an added bonus, that "group" would be my 14 grandchildren!

      There's a long list of numerous other things that make me happy, of course, but you know it is said, "Always go with what comes to mind first! I too, thoroughly enjoy walks in nature.....the beauty, silence and all the color it adds to our lives.

      Thank you for this lovely piece, Denise. Peace, Paula

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      Lora Hollings 

      4 weeks ago

      Denise, you express yourself so well in your contemplative article about what makes you happy and about your needs for space and time to be alone. You are definitely a very creative person and your beautiful artwork clearly communicates this. I love your work shown in this article especially the first painting done in oil. What a remarkable work. What makes me happy is being around my daughter who I don't get to see much any more since she's moved and my new grandson. The other things that give me happiness is working on a poem, a story, or a musical composition. I love gardening too or going for walks especially at this time of the year. Thanks for sharing!

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      4 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Dora Weithers,

      That is beautiful. Not everyone can say that their home makes them happy. I'm glad for you. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Very interesting insights and beautiful paintings. My home makes me happy, but certain friends and relatives make me happier.

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      4 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Linda Lum,

      Your comment made me laugh out loud. I'm so happy you like my watercolors. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Denise McGill 

      4 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Elyn MacInnis,

      I believe we spend too much time listening to things that aggravate us instead of thinking and spending time with the things that make us happy. Don't you? Thanks for commenting. That makes me happy!

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      4 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Bill Holland,

      My friend, I'm wishing you bountiful blessings as well. Thanks for sharing your happy places with me.

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      4 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Lorna Lamon,

      And painting them makes me happy. I'm so glad you like them. Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      I can't narrow the list down to just one thing; children at play make me happy, my family, my kitty, flowers. And your watercolors--they make me happy.

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      4 weeks ago from Shanghai, China

      This is a great question! I like your paintings - and I like thinking about what makes me happy. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      So many things....writing makes me happy....family...love...nature...walks with my dogs....simplifying....real human connections...and on and on we go! Loved the spirit of this article, and wishing you bountiful blessings this week.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      I feel it's a combination of things such as music, nature and of course family, friends and pets. Your paintings are so beautiful Denise that just looking at them makes me happy. Great article.

    • PAINTDRIPS profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise McGill 

      4 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Mary Norton,

      I'm so happy you like my watercolors and that you like me! Thanks for commenting.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Mary Norton 

      4 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Denise, your watercolours are so beautiful. I wish I can paint like you. It makes me happy to see the beauty in nature or art and, of course, to be with my family and close friends.

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