|"Storm over the wildflowers"|
8" x 10" oil on canvas, 2013
The heat has been blistering, but I feel blessed to have an air conditioned studio for the first time in years! For so long I would schedule working in my studio around the cooler parts of the day, or if I was in a time crunch, work through the heat, as if I lived in a tropical region, with the fans slowly and crookedly spinning overhead, flies buzzing my head because I had to keep the doors open to prevent the area from becoming an inferno...yes, I am blessed to have air conditioning now. It may not be a very strong air conditioner, but it makes the studio 77 degrees versus 100 degrees. Quite a difference!!
So, that means I can enjoy working at my leisure, and that is a wonderful feeling too. The summer moves on, and these lazy days give me pause to reflect, not on the negative, but on the positive. I feel assured that there are still wonderful things to come, and that gives me hope, happiness, and confidence to enjoy these days and the moments, as we move through this corridor of change. Change is uncomfortable, and sometimes downright painful and scary, but this continuing evolution is more quiet, more subtle. That can either be more maddening or more frightening, but I choose to perceive it more as a respite, and a gift, an oasis in the turbulence that is life.
I am finishing up one last painting in my old series, and then, I will begin a new series, and I am looking forward to beginning that next week. I feel confident this will also be the genesis of a powerful new part of my life. That fills me with excitement, and gratitude for all I have experienced, both negative and positive. Without the negative, there can be no appreciation or positive, like the development of a photograph.
So, with that, I will leave you with this little plein air painting, "Storm over the wildflowers." It is appropriate for what I am feeling now, for where I feel I am at. The storms come, yet they are beautiful even in their fearful power, as they water and nourish and foster the beauty of all they drench in their rains. The wildflowers could never be so beautiful, lush, and fragrant if they were only exposed to sunny days, and that is the same with us. All of the cool and warm greens, oranges, yellows and violets could never be so vibrant and captivating if the sun shone on them constantly, if there was never storms to cool their glorious colors, rainfall and wind to buffer and batter their stems and petals, making them stronger and more resilient, more majestic to behold...