The list continues.

Displayed in the Aigantighe Art Gallery, Esther Hope’s Lake Alexandrina (1963) carefully rests on No. 12 on the list. Unlike No. 07- To live in a painting through A Holiday in Mentone, No. 12, however, isn’t about the painting, but rather the place itself.

Esther Hope (1885 – 1975), a remarkable nineteenth century landscape artist, is well recognised for her paintings of the Mackenzie. In 1907, Hope began her first art lessons in Christchurch under the artist, Margaret Stoddart who introduced her to the work of English Impressionists, encouraging her to find inspiration in her surrounding, and in 1963, Hope presented her watercolour painting of Lake Alexandrina.

No. 13 simply touches the simple side of humanity. It is finding the fault in oneself and the desire to change it. It is becoming open to the possibility that my general perspective of people may be wrong, that perhaps amidst their dishonest and foul grasp to deception, there is selfless virtue in them. No. 13- To witness goodness in men.

It is the nature of men to sin, and perhaps as humans, it is a difficult concept to understand that it is necessary to allow ourselves to forgive them for their faults. But as humans who err the same way, we probably shouldn’t be so cold to hold on to our pain and continue to reprimand others. It is at the risk of being vulnerable to let people in your life and give them the power to hurt you. But what is life if not to take hold of what went wrong and make it right. People are weak. People give up. But one must never generalise. Perhaps they’re just as exhausted having people give up on them. No. 14- To hold on to those who gave up. Because chances are, we are all just waiting to be saved.

Shoes. Shoes. And more shoes. The ultimate list of every girl. Orange shoes, stilettoes, flat shoes, ballerina shoes, glittered shoes, strapped shoes, black shoes, striped shoes, red shoes, flowered shoes, glass shoes, ugg boots, all shoes. Not to mention, designer bags to match every pair of shoes. After all, it is a serious social obligation to vanity and designers to express our utmost gratitude, thusNo. 15- To have the grandest walk-in closet of Bags and Shoes is mighty crucial. And must not be laughed nor taken lightly by any man.

No. 16- To grow a tree. Seems rather simple, and one would wonder why this is still on the list. For the past ten years, I have not been able to keep a pet nor plant alive for more than a year. And it was only Daisy, a mere goldfish that has lasted for as long as a year. It is terrible, horribly careless and heinous, and I feel I must give back to nature. A plant won’t just do. It has to be a tall, strong, proud tree that would withstand all four seasons. One that I can look at, and gladly proclaim to be my tree. Before I get to No. 17- To own a husky, I probably should be certain to complete No. 16. As an avid enthusiast for fictional books where the heroine can fly and where wolves were kept as pets, owning a husky may be the closest I can get to that.

No. 18- To read 52 books in a year. Pardon my confession, but once I’ve put a book down, it takes me a few months before I am able to pick it up again. Hence, 52 books in a year is a not only a tremendously difficult challenge for someone like myself, but it may be close to impossible. Alas, it won’t hurt to try. I think.

Going back to my fondness of the arts and history, one style of painting that has always amused me most is Pointillism. Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small dots of pure colour are applied in patterns to form an image. French post-impressionist painter Georges Seurat and fellow French neo-impressionist Paul Signac developed this technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. In my early classes of Art History, the first pointillism painting I have come across was A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884), and it has thus ever since caught my admiration and respect for the arts. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, is now displayed in the Art Institute of Chicago. I feel it is always a good idea to go back where it all started, thus No. 19- To visit Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.And from the Art Institute of Chicago, No. 20- To visit art museums around the world that have shaped what art has become now. We owe them at least that much.

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