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Beautiful Women Aging Gracefully

Updated on April 18, 2014

Beautiful Older Women Galleries Reinvented

Let me start off by saying that ALL women are beautiful.. I truly believe that. We age but we are as beautiful as the day we were born as we breathe and live and feel. As an older woman now I must start out by saying, it's tough getting older. Turn back the clock and give me another chance to do better, be smarter, handle the bumps in life in a more graceful way. Pausing though, reflecting on who I am now and who I hoped to be, I am me in the end and this really is my time.. right now, today. Beautiful older women galleries, mature women painting what has always been in their heart. Women finding new ways of expressing themselves, new interests that form fresh pathways of self fulfillment. Finding that person sometimes feels so hard.

How do I persuade myself that I am not a song without words, music without lyrics, nothing left to say, just because I am getting older?

How do I convince myself that there is still time to dance?

There is a struggle that goes on inside any woman (or man I am sure) as she approaches an age that is considered by her or society, to be older. That particular age can change from decade to decade.

Today many say that 60 is the new 40. I wonder.

When I turned twenty five I remember thinking that it was completely over for me. I cried and cried. Ahh me all too funny now. Iwish I was twenty five now, gads huh?! Now that I am a mature woman I try to understand how I can age with grace.

Sometimes I look at women, younger and prettier than me and it seems that everything has shifted and left me out of the scenario of living life. Talk about beautiful older women galleries, we all line up and remember those days I am sure.

Products are designed to appeal to youth unless they are specifically geared toward the aged, like special wheelchairs or meds or reverse mortgages, stuff like that. With all of this around me I know it is all the more important to 'feel' and understand my reason for being. I am not a hot flash, I am a woman having a hot flash. I may feel that I am no longer sexy but I must remind myself that sexy is an attitude. It is all about looking 'outside' of oneself, feeling energized by living and acting on that passion. Oh and there is soo much to see that I missed in youth.

As women get older they need to connect to their spiritual side more and I think they do. I find that I am able to look outside myself more and not worry as much about other women in the room. Who is the fairest of all and who shines the brightest. It is a time that holds visions and introspection and a time that should be embraced.

So go out as a mature woman, find those beautiful older women galleries, create your own lyrics to music that lost them. Shine!

KNOW WHO YOU ARE and BE THE BEST "YOU" TODAY... YES RIGHT NOW!

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz: http://www.monkdogz.com/chelseagallery/artistart/M...

THE IMAGE is of my painting "Bubble Space" 36x48 oil on canvas. The original is sold and lives in Virginia.

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Learning to Love Yourself

The Greatest Love of All

I Will Always Love YOU

Timeless

LYRICS The Greatest Love of All

"Greatest Love Of All"

I believe that children are our future

Teach them well and let them lead the way

Show them all the beauty they possess inside

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier

Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody's searching for a hero

People need someone to look up to

I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs

A lonely place to be

So I learned to depend on me

[Chorus:]

I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows

If I fail, if I succeed

At least I'll live as I believe

No matter what they take from me

They can't take away my dignity

Because the greatest love of all

Is happening to me

I found the greatest love of all

Inside of me

The greatest love of all

Is easy to achieve

Learning to love yourself

It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future

Teach them well and let them lead the way

Show them all the beauty they possess inside

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier

Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

[Chorus]

And if, by chance, that special place

That you've been dreaming of

Leads you to a lonely place

Find your strength in love

IMAGE is of my painting, "They're Friend's You Know" 24x48 oil, gold leaf on canvas

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Love Yourself

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. ~Buddha

Loving YOU is that OK?

Is it OK to love YOU?

DO YOU AGREE?

IMAGE is of my painting "Turquoise" 18x24 oil on canvas

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. Buddha

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DO YOU AGREE?

IMAGE is of my painting "Pink Orchid" 18x24 oil on canvas

When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself. Confucius

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DO YOU AGREE?

THE IMAGE is of my painting "The Frog" 20x24 oil on canvas

Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home. - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Be your own best friend..

”If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.”

- Maxwell Maltz

I Don't Want to Grow Up.. but when I do

YOU are so much more unique than this leaf below.

Speaking of leaves..

Pick a leaf, study it, then put it in your pocket to remind you that YOU are special and unique. Notice the leaf above. It is not "perfect", it has some brown spots and maybe it is not perfectly formed.. DISCOVER THE BEAUTY in that.

EVA CASSIDY - AUTUMN LEAVES and MORE. Note about Eva Cassidy, she left this world way too soon.

AUTUMN LEAVES

Suzanne Somers

SUZANNE SOMERS ROCKS!

Bombshell: Explosive Medical Secrets That Will Redefine Aging
Bombshell: Explosive Medical Secrets That Will Redefine Aging

You really have to hand it to this woman, she has gone from dumb blond bombshell Chrissy Snow on Three's Company and Carol Lambert on Step by Step to an all out health guru. She reinvented herself. Suzanne Somers knows her stuff too. Her books are well respected by most of the health industry. I say most as there will always be doubters in every last thing.

I own this book and several others of Ms Somers and they do not disappoint, she really does know her stuff.

Somers, whose hormone regimen involves creams, injections and some 60 supplements daily, got a huge boost earlier this year from Oprah Winfrey. "Many people write Suzanne off as a quackadoo," Winfrey said when Somers appeared on her show. "But she just might be a pioneer."

The FDA is doing battle with vitamin companies and vitamins in general.... believe it. Suzanne Somers is connected with Life Extension, a highly respected vitamin company who yes, pioneers the usefulness of vitamins and well being for long life. Why would the FDA do battle with vitamins I can hear you wonder and doubt... it is all about MONEY and pharmaceutical companies. Yet this of course is a whole other lens, which maybe at some point I may write.

In the meantime?

SUZANNE SOMERS ROCKS.. YES SHE DOES!

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Do you compare youself with others?

"Magic Mirror on the Wall, who is the Fairest one of all?" There is nothing wrong with trying to be the best YOU that you can be, but BE UNIQUE.. YOU are WONDERFUL! just as you are. BE YOU!

Mirror Mirror on the Wall ~A Babies Perspective

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Do you SEE this baby looking at herself? Would you for one single second tell her that she is NOT special? Of course not. Do that much for YOU.. OK? Take a long look into that WONDERFUL face and see your own soul. YOU ROCK!!

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Who am I? I am an artist and an 'older' woman. See below...

ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

I am a figurative artist and illustrator. I paint and sculpt female fantasy art and map faery tale adventures, testing erotica . I dream of beautiful women on canvas and art of exotic women.

I illustrated for Hay House Inc., Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much CARDS taken from Anne Wilson Schaef's book. I also illustrated for Neil Davidson, who was considered for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, and several other publications. My paintings are collected worldwide.

Represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, Inc.

Monkdogz Urban Art, Inc.

New York, NY

Artist Statement:

I began my career at four years old, in the back seat of my parents car, as they traveled the countryside. I have been exhilarated and tormented by art ever since. I wake up in the morning and go to bed at night thinking about it.

I paint and sculpt women primarily; in their daily lives; in lives they might be afraid of; and in lives they wish they had. My goal has always remained the same, to hear them breathing and to know the passion I feel in my soul is met by theirs.

So I sing:

Hold me close dear angel

Muster up a little tune

and rock me like a serpent

that rises to the moon.

In every single one of my paintings my objective is to know them. To let each one reveal their own vision or message. I am often astounded as their presence unfolds and I am met with who they are. I then realize that who 'they' are defines me as well. My hope is that my paintings & sculptures relate to you, their audience, and that they give you the message you need for your own heart and soul.

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I worry just like every other woman or man about aging.. I worry about my place here and how to grow older gracefully. I am not going to disappear just because I am not in my 20's or 30's or 40's.. wow. Yes, that is the way it has felt at times. Strange.

Mental notes of understanding who we are under the veil of who we hoped we would be as women or who we think we lost, are embraced by me within the cloak of all women.

Exploring that sexual side; embracing my own desires and trying to not just understand them but find out what they are! So many feeling for various reasons are pushed down and made incidental because society has claimed they should feel uncomfortable.

Finding any sense of rawness seems crazy past 40 or 50. But why? That is what I think I am finally concluding. As a lot of women get older they tend to feel themselves disappear. I am one. I see though through this whole series that I am working on, digging inside myself to find that essence of sexiness that is woman; hearing tiny cries from those emotions hid from my own self and letting them see the light of day, is luscious! Its not about being defined by others as being sexy, letting others decide my fate in how I feel about myself.. its about ME accepting who I really am and having the confidence to bring it all out on canvas. To not only see it but embrace and shine in it.

I want to reach deeper and find all the things about my own sexuality that have always been mine to know. I want to understand the passion I long to paint and comprehend what those emotions are.

Passion has a sense of violence about it, it is strong and it survives aggression. I don't want to paint passive art.. I want feel the obsession of lust inside its raw and primal pursuit. Within passion one finds a boldness full of enticing ambitions to grasp on to, that piece of your heart that presses you to go past the mark of a bystander, that spot you may have been told to stay put on. I will not stand on the X marked on the floor, not anymore.

It is not possible to feel apathetic when standing next to passion. I don't paint landscapes to hang above someone's couch, paintings meant to be a resting place for the mind? I want to paint feelings that one cannot dismiss. I hope to stir up feelings that overwhelm hidden agendas within the viewer as well as myself. It is not my goal to feel nothing but a sunny day or peacefulness, shiny trinkets that rest on walls that can be walked away from. I want to paint women who feel something. I paint myself as I define it and revel in the fact that I am made whole by my own journey of introspection.

I want to paint strength, sexuality, pain, power, a force of intensity, emotional qualities that generate a reaction. I don't want to paint the sky, I want to paint the dominance of the wind that caused it to be felt on ones skin, in the form of a woman. I pick up my brush or clay between my fingers and consider a certain belligerence, an attitude of confidence that meets the power I need to form an energy outside myself and I welcome it in. I paint or sculpt until I hear them breathing and their breath becomes my own.

I paint myself as I try to define the energy that is indeed my own sexuality but also all women whether they accept that part of themselves or not.

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2012

Bleeding Wings by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

I am an artist.. I paint in oils primarily and I sculpt.

"Sunrise" (Passion Series) 24x48 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

"Sunrise" (Passion Series) 24x48 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
"Sunrise" (Passion Series) 24x48 oil on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

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    • sponias lm profile image

      sponias lm 4 years ago

      This is a meaningful lens. Thank you!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Hi Kathy, this is a fine and inspiring reminder to acknowledge the worth of all women, including the one within who does get a little fired up now and then.

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      @jayavi: I am... thank you for the encouragement. <3

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      why dont you write a book...? i think you can do it well. well done, thanks. love this lens

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Aging gracefully is a beautiful frame of mind. I'm not one bit concerned about what society thinks is youthful. If you feel it, and do everything in your power to look well and live well...then you'll be happy and you will love yourself. Excellent lens!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      I found this lens very moving. Thank you.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Very inspirational! I like to think that I am aging gracefully...

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Nicely done ... and sad because Whitney is gone too soon. I'm also a big fan of Suzanne Somers and have all of her books.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Super Lens. You are a talented writer

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      LizRobertson 5 years ago

      What a great site full of thoughtful inspiration! You're talented & beautiful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love this beautiful lens. Thanks for this

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Very nice one here. I'm one of the women who would rather not look in the mirror these days, because my image of me in my mind is prettier than the one in the mirror.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Wonderful Lens! This definitely gets the Angel Dust - women so, so need encouragement in believing in ourselves no matter what the age.

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Another beautiful lens! I'm a fan =)

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Deserves a google +1.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Loved this lens . . reminded me that we all need to self-nurture to be better to others.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      growing older is mandatory, growing up is optional. thanks for a wonderful read.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This lens is filled with Love and Beauty, and the Spirit!

      I feel more loved right now then I have for days.

      It is peaceful, warm and restful here...I don't want to go.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a magnificent lens! I was going to say that I hoped any woman struggling with the issues of growing older would read it, but then I realized that all women, older and younger alike could profit from its wisdom. And thanks for sharing examples of your mesmerizing art.

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      JillY88 5 years ago

      Your art is really great. Loved reading your lens, it really makes you think about how you treat others and yourself.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @kathysart: yes they kind of look a like, I forgot to mention on my comment, yes that is my twitter. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh yes she has a lovely face. She reminds me of Georgia OKeefe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @kathysart: oh, have to send you a post I did http://miartedoris.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/1368/

      The first photo is my favorite please check this out.

      Every wrinkle represents a story, I love wrinkles.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you. That is your twitter? Nope I don't have my lenses set up for live urls.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is beautiful, great post; we should love ourselves no matter what age we are. it did not let me post as @artedoris.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: You are such a darling Gloria.. so dear. Thank you!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      once again, you proved your excellence in creating wonderful and philosophical lenses full of love and emotions. blessings for them who chose to love themselves first.