Three pictures, three stories – Jeff Roland

I chose to live in a medieval village in France, sitting on a hill and surrounded by a river. The streets are steep and when visitors reach the atelier, if they had decided to walk up from the bottom, they often are out of breath. So i give them a little time before we start chatting. They enjoy the castle nearby, the calm and impression of time travel given by the old buildings. Here I can still listen to the birds singing as I watch the Sun set, sitting outside the atelier. There lacks the scents of lavender that I enjoyed as a kid in the hills of Provence, but I can feel that the child inside me is not too disappointed with how things have turned out. And I know that wherever I go, the child walks by my side. I am lucky enough to have avoided bitterness, regrets and anger. And from the bottom of my heart, all I wish for you, my friends, is to be just as lucky.  And if it isn’t the case right now, believe that there is hope, that things change also for the better, as long as you are ready to try a little bit. Negociate with that part of you who is disappointed, and please, after having listened kindly, give it as many chances as it needs. Think of your happiest times. Be honest, there were so many. They will be more. And if you want to pay a visit, we’ll watch the Sun set together. Simple beautiful little things make us stronger.

 ‘ The Show must go on ‘ Mixed media on board 18 x 24 cm. 
by Jeff Roland, 2021.

 “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

It’s the end of the week and I am in the studio, painting every day, the house is getting quiet as my daughters are going away for a short while and it makes me ponder on the day they will have grown up. becoming a father late in life has blessed me with youth around me as i was getting older. They bring so much life, especially for a single parent. I know, one day, they will have their own lives and they will make it beautiful I know, I hope they will remember me a little. That they will keep in their hearts all the best memories we shared. The times we laughed so much and danced, and felt happy just being together  I want them to keep their hopes high, because life is good at making us feel bad, which is why we always need to be strong. But beyond all strength we need to stay kind and realize that tenderness is essential. I would like them to never cease to believe in Love, even when tears and regrets cover our hearts , and make us think that quitting would cause less pain . For we must keep in mind that the future holds many treasures we don’t know about. I also would like them to choose to follow their heart in the things that bring them joy and passion, they should not be forced to be someone they know is not who they want to be. And I hope they will learn to forgive and let grudges aside , because we only hurt ourselves when we let bitterness enter our hearts. But I trust them to know better Have a wonderful weekend, my friends, and many thanks for your heart warming support.

‘ Rejoice ‘ Mixed media on board 18 x 24 cm. by Jeff Roland, 2020.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” 
― Roald Dahl

Today is a day of relief and joy, i can feel it in my heart, i don t need to understand why and just rejoice. Sometimes we must let ourselves forget about too much rationality and let go of the steam. Poetry, Soft Dreams and Fairy tales do a lot of good to our souls and minds, when too much much attention to the terrible news bring us down. Of course I have much empathy and compassion to all those suffering… but we need to focus on the tiny acts of generosity and kindness, because these really depend on our direct decision. A lot of people’s distress comes from a feeling of helplessness towards all the events we have no influence on. So focus is key.
May this day bring Joy, Love, Laughter and why not a little dose of old fashioned common sense, my friends.

‘ Observation ‘ Mixed media on board 20 x 20 cm. by Jeff Roland 2017.

” Don’t waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear. “
Paulo Coelho 


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