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Bell Pepper with Scar

I am not sure why I want to share my pastel “Bell Pepper with Scar” on my first post of 2012. I wanted something visual for sure as I have not posted an image for months. But it also has to do with the oddness of the picture–a scar on a bell pepper!  A strange harmony draws me to this piece, what with the pepper slanting one way and the scar the opposite.

I completed the pastel years ago at a time when I was writing the final chapters of my memoir manuscript about my infant surgery. One day, while harvesting peppers from my garden, the image came to me. At the time, I thought the pastel  communicated that as a baby, my body was a perfect vegetable made imperfect by the scar. But the picture won’t let me settle for this interpretation.

Be whimsical about the scar, it seems to suggest. Maybe even dance with it. Realize it’s part of the perfection. The scar creates the balance with the pepper, for how can a scar that represents my life being saved be imperfect or wrong?   A body with such a scar can only be right. Perhaps “Bell Pepper and Scar” would better name the composition or “Scar with Bell Pepper.”  How about “The Beauty of What Is.”

0 Responses to Bell Pepper with Scar

  1. I’m back. I thought about it for a minute. The pepper is a metaphor for people. None of us would be interesting if we didn’t have some battle scars. Maybe some people aren’t interesting because they have too many scars, but it seems to me, they are the exceptions. If we were perfect, we would be bland. I’ve only had a couple of psychology classes so I base this on personal observation. I hope you keep the pepper posted.

  2. I’m back. I thought about it for a minute. The pepper is a metaphor for people. None of us would be interesting if we didn’t have some battle scars. Maybe some people aren’t interesting because they have too many scars, but it seems to me, they are the exceptions. If we were perfect, we would be bland. I’ve only had a couple of psychology classes so I base this on personal observation. I hope you keep the pepper posted.

  3. Our body is like a vegetable. We, human, are sometimes born with birthmarks and have scares from a very young age. Vegetables are the sames, some grow abnormal with marks, and tends to have scares and open flesh on our their body. Our human body as well. I like the comparison!

  4. Our body is like a vegetable. We, human, are sometimes born with birthmarks and have scares from a very young age. Vegetables are the sames, some grow abnormal with marks, and tends to have scares and open flesh on our their body. Our human body as well. I like the comparison!

    • Most times, yes. But sometimes, conditions worsen with time, like depression, because we simply don’t know how to cope.

    • Most times, yes. But sometimes, conditions worsen with time, like depression, because we simply don’t know how to cope.

    • Yes. In a way, scars make us human. I didn’t always feel this way, however. How I wish I had known this as a young girl.

    • Yes. In a way, scars make us human. I didn’t always feel this way, however. How I wish I had known this as a young girl.

  5. Sometimes it makes us feel less like a victim. When we use metaphors. It makes us feel more like a survior. And by talking about it we find that we are someone’s hero. Who may not have had the courage to speak? And by hearing it they might can now speak and change a persons life like you did. Or better their own life.

    • Fabulous! I love what you said about metaphors and their power to turn someone from a victim to a survivor. So insightful.

  6. Sometimes it makes us feel less like a victim. When we use metaphors. It makes us feel more like a survior. And by talking about it we find that we are someone’s hero. Who may not have had the courage to speak? And by hearing it they might can now speak and change a persons life like you did. Or better their own life.

    • Fabulous! I love what you said about metaphors and their power to turn someone from a victim to a survivor. So insightful.

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