Time I

Time is a dimension in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them.Time has long been a major subject of study in religion, philosophy, and science, but defining it in a manner applicable to all fields without circularity has consistently eluded scholars. Nevertheless, diverse fields such as business, industry, sports, the sciences, music, dance, and the live theater all incorporate some notion of time into their respective measuring systems. Some simple, relatively uncontroversial definitions of time include “time is what clocks measure”and “time is what keeps everything from happening at once…

quoted from Wikipedia®


Divided in hours, minutes, seconds, milliseconds… yet counts differently to each one of us.

This is the first of a series of posts with my view of time featuring timepieces with my watercolors.

As Above So Below TIME:








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  1. Wonderful Marina, I love this. Your depiction of time so very illustrative of your own creative thoughts and of course as always beautiful. Time, what if what is happening isn’t a changing perception but rather an awakening of a different kind of understanding and relationship with the idea of “time”. Redefining the word for what it is or is not perhaps, my friend.

  2. Indeed, Marine, you are a borne artist ! What a brilliant manifestation, the work of a triumphant painter. you know, I really admire your mind and the dictations on canvas. An impact you certainly make in our lives, well, mine for sure ! Beautiful work. X

    • That’s a great honor Mashaal dear! Many many thanks for your kindness …and extra flattering words!

  3. Beautiful water arts Marina! Love them! Time is a man made concept. I n meditation you experience timelessness. With practice, being in the present moment (in any/all areas of life) you can live peacefully, joyfully, responsively!

  4. …in my view, time is something that we are all imprisoned by….it’s like being in a prison cell…albeit a very big one, where we’re allowed to roam freely but have to remain within certain boundaries set by time. very good theme for a post…gets the discussions started!

    • …it’s a heartbeat, the rhythm of breathing, a loop WE make to abide by. Could be called a prison or could be named life in equilibrium!
      PS The clocks in our house never show the correct time!

  5. The notion of time, a time that as a river flows relentlessly and inexorably from the day of birth to that of death, has always existed in the mind of man, but the need to “feel and taste” I think it’s time kind at a later time and that is only when, after having organized into groups, the man felt the need to share their lives and their existence between the period-up to work and that I dedicated to God and rest.

    The man, then, you should be looking around in search of some natural phenomenon, evolving rhythmic and uniform, could be used as an indicator of time passing. It ‘well known that any event that is repeated with regularity over long periods, or any natural or artificial mechanism that moves with a uniform motion, can be used to measure the passage of time: it could go well for this purpose, for example, the periodic rising and setting of the sun, the flow of water while a bird sings in the depths of his forest, or the simple heartbeat.

    Of all the natural phenomena, with which primitive man (including Frau Angela Merkel 🙂 ) was in daily contact with the sky and seemed to be the most obvious indicator of the passage of time. Even today it happens that when a person gets used to not wearing the watch on your wrist, the most natural and spontaneous way to tell the time, is to look at the sky. The movement of the stars, and the Sun in particular, must be so represented to primitive man a kind of natural clock always available and which could be certain immutability (except in the specific case of the Euro 🙂 ). Since this watch was possible to draw, in a direct way, a measure of time: it, no doubt, at first, was the “day”, a time that we can be defined in two different ways: Love or kiss, ready to scan the same time throughout our day.

    The word “clock” comes from two Greek words: hour, which means “season,” and logos meaning “speech”, then the clock would be a “discourse on the season” a clear reference to the fact that the duration of time intervals marked from these instruments originally was different in different seasons.

    But what is our season?
    How can we measure our time if you do not observe the “nature” enclosed in the world “circular” of your watches and the beauty and fragrance of watercolor, which offers serenity and suffering, between birth and death?
    Always good and always “owner” of your time in time, that is ours and all, in a breath and a heartbeat.

    A rhythmically between the last blink of an eye and a smile, this is our time!



    • I’m honored, privileged and very grateful to have such a comment here.
      …and “between the last blink of an eye and a smile” I thank you dear friend Nini!

  6. Beautiful, Marina! I like the variety of artwork. They display really well with the timepieces.
    There is a lovely design for every season, and combination of seasons.

  7. hi Marina,
    how to put the blog-title more near to the message of your compositions?
    For example for the green trees clock = SLOW DOWN CLOCKS
    or for the red trees clock: FIERY TIMES …

  8. Great minds think alike. Or should I say, my mind is thinking along the same lines as your great mind for I, too, have been contemplating time. I compared it to the mathematicians notion of the point that they define as a space of zero dimension and concluded that now, the present moment, is “a time of zero dimension”.

    Take care.

  9. A terrific idea Marina – it works really, really well! I love the reds in number 3 – beautiful shades that make me think of the motion of time through the day as the sun dips – especially here in Bangladesh. You know I’m a big fan of yours anyway but I really do think this idea is a winner! 🙂

  10. I especially like the middle piece with the blues; the way the colors work into the paper and each other.

  11. I love it, Marina! Time has been my personal theme lately – affirming there is more than enough of it. 🙂 Jack and I also recently watched an interesting science special on time and Einstein. Great art! ~Patricia

  12. During my time here (no pun intended), this concept of integrating your style into a clock is a different approach than I’ve seen … nonetheless, thumbs up!!!! 🙂

  13. Is it always ten to two or ten past two?
    “Deep meadows yet, for to forget
    The lies, and truths, and pain?… oh! yet
    Stands the Church clock at ten to three?
    And is there honey still for tea?”
    Rupert Brooke

    • Oh, but it served it’s purpose by you sharing Brooke’s beautiful poem! Thank you so much John! 🙂
      Unfortunately I can’t change the time on the clock. If I had taken the shots, I’d set them to 9:00 or 3:33, or 4:05, or 6:03….!!!!!! 🙂

  14. a wonderful way to turn the functional into form. ‘All innovations are the birth of time’ (Bacon)

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