A new year is quite a big deal, really. We stand back to have a look at what we’ve managed to pull off over the past year, and what we need to clean up or improve on. Coming out of the festive season of over indulgences, we are doubly motivated to have a fresh start!
But our year still needs to be lived one day at a time, with a eye to living in the here and now. This involves leaving the past behind and avoiding living in terror over what might or might not happen next week…or tomorrow even. It means doing the next best thing and being in that moment, giving it everything we’ve got. So! a toast to this very first day of 2013. Lets just deal with that for now.
When did you last escape from the city lights and experience the night sky in all it’s glory? I think we humans are meant to wonder at the vastness and shimmering, stunning, beauty of space….it helps to keep our egos in check. Obviously, by the state of the world, we haven’t been doing enough of that lately. When people lived in tipis and yurts, igloos and hogans, they were in touch with that magnificence in a much more intimate way, enriching their lives in ways that we may have lost.
Since we went from summer to winter around here, with our first frost being mid October and a blizzard a week later!!!….everybody is a bit confused as to what to do. These geese should probably get out of Dodge, but they’re still hanging about…literally. They’re looking for open spots in the river ice so they can land in the water. Now honestly, if I had wings and half a (bird) brain, I’d be at about 5000 feet and headed straight south!
Today’s painting is a commission for a friend, so it’s larger, and the first landscape I’ve done in quite awhile. When I remember how I used to cry and tantrum while attempting to paint all the nuances of light on coulees, well, lets just say that I’m truly grateful that I can now approach it with a smidge of confidence. Having been raised with this very landscape I can truly say that I can feel it in my bones. It is such a joy, FINaLLY, to be able to paint it.