|"The path" by Hilary J. England, oil on canvas, 8" x 10", 2011|
The weather has been perfect these last few days...70s and breezy, clear, bright blue skies with puffy, cottony clouds, and, without a hint of humidity...my favorite type of weather, hands down!
Last night was Matthew's funeral...he was very loved. Hundreds of people turned out, and I had to wait online with Noelle for about two hours to get in to the viewing...yes, he was a well-loved young man, which is what makes it so baffling and frustrating. As I stood waiting online on that beautiful, breezy evening, I would watch the sporadic outlet of people coming out of the doors at the top of the stairs of the funeral home, and even the most stoic of men had a tissue to his eyes or his nose. There wasn't a dry eye to be seen on the entire block...
R.I.P. Matthew Aungst. I am sure God has you in His eternal love, care and rest, and for that, I feel peace about Matthew's death. We all die eventually, and although Matthew's death was so premature, he still did alot in his young life, and touched many, many people. Perhaps he had fulfilled his purpose in that short span...
I am looking to go the beach in the next few days. Although the heatwave is gone, and it will be cool and breezy, I need the mental refreshment that the ocean breezes provide, even without swimming. I am very much looking forward to feeling the briny wind against my face, and seeing the sparkling waves, the seabirds, and the roar of the waves. I will bring my paints and get some studies done as well.
I got some good news today--I won another ArtSlant showcase, this time round 3. That's always nice to hear! Also, I've been asked by my sister to collaborate on a children's book, and I'm really looking forward to that as well.
So, I leave you with a study I did yesterday...it started out rather absently, but ended with some zest. It's a study of foliage and a sundappled path lined by some boulders. It's simply called, "The path." Enjoy♥