Reflections on “Gathering” by the artist



Sandpipers scurry along water’s edge, looking like they are having fun, or playing a game with the waves. Like children, they move quickly toward and away from the waves trying not to get their feet wet. In reality, the sandpipers can be looking for bubbles created by the receding waves to indicate where their next meal may be found. They are hunting for sustenance. It seems they are relating to each other, but perhaps their motivation is more self-serving. Two stand close to each other, another nearby watching caringly, one at water’s edge may spare a quick glance behind, another in the foreground looking away from the group.

We may reflect on a verse from Scripture, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Mathew 6:26. God provides. As three waves draw close in ceaseless flow, the birds are guided to their provision, trusting innately in a nature greater than themselves.

Enjoy a  beautiful portrait of sandpipers in a Disney Pixar short video entitled “Piper” on You Tube which was shown in theaters before the start of “Finding Dory”. I know you’ll REALLY enjoy watching it.


“Gathering” (pictured above as a Deluxe Print) is available at

Share your own feelings and thoughts about the painting in the comment space below, and join next week’s post on January 10, 2017 entitled ” Digging Deeper”


  1. Jan T Strutz

    As a painter myself, I find it is often difficult to view a painting as more than an accomplishment in technique. I see the beautiful colors and how well you captured the scene’s perspective, depth, and accuracy. After watching the adorable video, I found myself going deeper into the subject matter – rather than merely your success in painting the subject. Very interesting exercise.

    I also relate to the scene from having spent years in Hawaii watching waves roll in, swimming, body surfing, and sailing in the beautiful waves. That and my love of birds, and I’m there – watching the sand pipers with you. It’s a beautiful painting! Thank you for sharing!

    • Rosemary Begley

      Dear Jan,

      Your have captured much of my thoughts. I don’t know whether many artists struggle with the issue of ‘accomplishment in technique, but I have and am only on the cusp of moving beyond. Blogging and sharing others’ reflections is helping to do that. But you’ve hit the nail on the head when you say the “Piper” video finds you ‘going deeper’ too. How does the artist portray as much in one scene as a video or music does? Recently, I saw a piece called “Hands Up” by Newell Wyeth auction for 4.2 million. I looked him up and saw that he was a realistic painter and illustrator who, complaining about the commercialism he depended on, said it “kills that underlying inspiration to create thought. Instead of expressing that inner feeling, you express the outward thought…or imitation of that feeling”. Somehow I want people to be able to explore those inner feelings by looking at a realistic scene…a tall order perhaps. Thanks for your feedback, Rosemary

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