Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Serendipity! What Fun!!
The Rogue Speaks:
The word serendipity is one of the 10 hardest words to translate in the English language. Horace Walpole used the word in a letter to Horace Mann in 1754. He said he made the word up from a fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. Serendip is an old name for Ceylon, which is now known as Sri Lanka.
The best definition of serendipity is "happy accident" or "fortunate occurrence." In the life of Alexander Flemming, that fortunate occurrence happened when he accidentally contaminated a petri dish growing staph germs with mold. The mold grew and killed the staph germs. Voila! Penicillin!
If you have read my latest Whimsical Wednesday post in which I describe how I create some of my paintings, you will see just how serendipity can play a role.
The painting shown above, entitled Eye of the Storm, I consider to be a happy accident. The technique used to create the piece involves dropping acrylic inks on a piece of glass, then placing a sheet of Yupo paper on top of the glass, and transferring the ink to the paper by pressing down. Sort of like making an ink blot. This technique doesn't always produce the desired results, but in this case it did. I entered the piece in a show, and it sold before the show even opened. What a happy accident that was.
It was also serendipitous that I came across Jenny Matlock's blog, Off On My Tangent, last year, and started participating in Alphabe-Thursday. What fun we all have!! I hope you will check out ALL the offerings this week!
p.s. The music you hear is by the Serendipity Singers. Yes, I know the words have nothing to do with my post, but it is the one song they recorded that I liked.