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The Armada Original Art

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    Quick! You're on the beach with a friend and you spot something approaching on the horizon. To your amazement, you make out an armada of giant rubber ducks coming to shore.

    What is your reaction?

    Are you excited? Overjoyed? Concerned? Skeptical? Worried? Afraid?

    Are they visitors or invaders?

    Do they bring good tidings or dark intentions?

    Would you agree that your perception would impact your next actions? For example, whether you'd run for cover or organize a welcoming party would depend on whether you see them as friends or foes.

    Sometimes a painting can just be a fun picture that makes you smile. And sometimes it contains a deeper meaning. It turns out that the meaning of this painting, as well as the meaning of almost everything in life, is largely determined by you.

    We can assume the best, assume the worst, or... perhaps the best, wisest, most productive thing we can do is keep an open mind and wait and see.

    If we respond too enthusiastically, we might fall into a trap. If we respond with animosity, we may sabotage any chance of something good happening.

    Now, let's put the shoe on the other flipper.

    Imagine if you're one of those ducks. You're fun. Lots of people like you. You want to be helpful and bring joy to others. You're new in town, but you have good intentions.

    But what are those locals on the shore thinking?

    Do they see you as visitors or invaders?

    Do they think you bring good tidings or dark intentions?

    We've all been the new guy. The new kid in class. The newest employee. 

    It's kind of scary to consider what the natives might think of you. It's tempting to want to appear bigger than you are. More important and more impressive. Impress new people. Be something you're not. After all, you've got a clean slate. None of these new people know all your history and baggage. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so it's a chance to really put forth something impressive.

    I've found it's easier, more effective, and frankly, less exhausting to just be yourself. People are drawn to authenticity, and we are really good at spotting a fake. Your weird flag may not inspire everyone, but it will attract your people.

    If you assume the locals will be hostile and unwelcoming, guess what you're likely to get. So...what if we took a pause at the very beginning to realize we don't yet know the truth and take a wait and see approach?

    If you expect the best, especially in others, the odds are better you'll find it.

    This might just be a fun whimsical painting that makes you smile. Perhaps something light-hearted to hang in your bathroom.

    It might also be a reminder to always be yourself, while giving other people a chance to do the same.

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    This colorful artwork by Jason Kotecki comes in a variety of sizes. (Prints and canvas reproductions available here.)

    24"x30" Original Painting. Oil on canvas, made with professional quality archival grade art materials. Comes finished in a matte black floater frame with hanging wire.

    *Financing available! Own this piece with 20% down and the balance paid off over six months. Contact us to learn more.

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