"Behold the Beauty or Not"


Small collage painting by Tom Hlas, Connecticut mixed media artist.


“Patterns for Living: Simplicity” 
©Tom Hlas 2015. All rights reserved.
Mixed Media on Paper, 7” x 5”



For several years I’ve reflected on, or at least noticed, how the beauty of the objects I own affects me. 


I admit, I do like beautiful objects around me; which is not to say the items need to be expensive or valuable nor do I need to be surrounded by a lot of possessions. 


But the question arises, “Why do I like some objects more than others?” 


I’ve come to realize time and time again when I see or touch some objects, I feel a sense of joy whereas with other objects I don’t. It could because of its color, texture, finish, shape or even a pleasant memory of who gave it to me.


Similarly, I’ve been thinking about clutter, or more precisely, the act of decluttering.


Perhaps it’s time to take inventory and discard or pass along to others those possessions that no longer kindle a sense of joy within me.




© Tom Hlas 2004-2017