Attention shapes the self and knowing where you are keeps you on track and grounded. Life throws us challenges and in surmounting them we grow from within. This work explores the idea behind facing a challenge and not being overwhelmed by it, but by seeing it as a positive experience. There were a number of aspects of the characteristics of being optimistic that I have integrated into this work.
The person looks upwards towards a bright, cloudless sky. A mountain is before him, but as it is rounded as well as bright to suggest that the challenge is accessible. This is reinforced by the presence of a ladder that shows that when we approach situations step by step, knowing that by steady effort, we reach our goals. The safety net at the base of the ladder is to reassure any adventurer that we will not fail when we try and we need to get back up and try again.
A person who is well grounded and has a sense of place is better equipped to deal with what life throws their way, hence the person is connected to the base of the canvas, grounded and solid. The owl on the shoulder is there to support the person through its wisdom and childlike curiosity. The placing of the arrow and the text You are here, above the person’s heart is the essence of optimism and resilience which results in a positive outlook. When we know our heart and trust ourselves, then we are most happy.


saren dobkins, sarenart, ladder, mountain, owl, red, wisdom

Saren Dobkins has been painting and drawing since 1986.
Originally from Zambia, C.Africa she currently resides in Australia.My work is bold, passionate and based on personal experiences that are translated to express a state of mind, a feeling and a moment in time.

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  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work, Saren. Congrats on the RB homepage :))

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  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Nice work, love the facial expressions! Congrat’s on being featured on the home page!

  • PPPhotoArt
    PPPhotoArtover 3 years ago

    wonderful work, many congrats on homepage

  • Saren Dobkins
    Saren Dobkinsover 3 years ago

    Wow thanks so much dear fellow bubblers!! This has been so positive to have the work acknowledged like this. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the best and much art success in 2011. Cheers, Saren

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 3 years ago

    I love your style

  • Hi Karin,
    Thanks so much. This piece now belongs to the Geelong Grammar School as part of their collection. I find it a very positive piece. Cheers, Saren

    – Saren Dobkins

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 3 years ago

    A gorgeous painting ..well done, it’s wonderful!

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 3 years ago

    Hey that’s terrific Saren!!!

  • Saren Dobkins
    Saren Dobkinsover 3 years ago

    Thanks again. Wow I feel really amazed by all the comments on my work!! I should have checked back sooner. I find your red bubblepage absolutely amazing.

  • Tere Troya
    Tere Troyaover 2 years ago

    So nice work!

  • Hi ! Thanks so much. cheers saren

    – Saren Dobkins

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