Everybody's got a laughing place
A laughing place to go
Take a frown, turn it upside down
And you'll find yours we know
Those are part of the lyrics from “Everybody’s Got a Laughing
was in the Walt Disney movie, “Song of the South.” And the thoughts it
contains have served me
well. Its influence, in fact, has caused
me to pass
on the same idea to others.
So, what’s a “laughing place?” It’s those locales and situations where
suddenly your concerns and anxieties seem to ‘melt away.’ The impact is so
strong that you don’t even
have to be physically there. Instead,
simply take a deep breath and think about the place, you get a refreshing
moment of relaxation.
For about 15 years, my “laughing place” has been
the Blue Ridge Parkway in North
More specifically, it has been slowly driving on the winding road with
wife next to me. And we were doing
exactly that in the fall of 2013. The
crystal blue with a few clouds beginning to develop. There was a slight breeze
blowing which was
lightly moving the leaves that were showing their autumn colors.
As we crested one hill, my wife called my
attention to a barn and said it might be
a possible painting (she has a better
‘feel’ for my artwork than I do sometimes).
stopped the car, walked into the adjacent field and took several
reference. When I got back
into the car, I started to sneeze and couldn’t stop.
The field in which I’d walked was completely
filled with Goldenrod and its infamous
friend Rag Weed. But since I was in my “laughing place”, the
allergy attack which
followed just didn’t matter.
original of “Goldenrod” is a watercolor on 20” x 10” 140 lb cold press paper
mounted on a cradled panel using archival materials and
the painting has been
coated with an acrylic varnish. The painting is copyrighted by Gerry Grimes,
artist. He retains all rights
regarding any form of copies and/or reproductions
regardless of the ownership
of the original by others.
reproductions are on archival paper. The colors of the giclee
close as possible to the original, however some differences
may occur. Images will be slightly smaller than paper size listed
below due to a minimum one inch border required for printing.
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