|"Study of a birch tree in Autumn" by Hilary J. England, 2014|
8" x 10" oil on canvas
Now, with the holidays approaching, I kind of feel a little numb and a little apprehensive. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but neither do any of us, so I try to live in the day, and try not overthink things. Ultimately, God is in control of all things, and I used to be able to easily see that by going out into nature to witness the beauty of God's creation, and that usually keeps things in perspective for me at a core level, but for the last couple of months, I kept avoiding and putting off going out, like a feverish man avoiding a drink of water.....it just made no kind of sense! So, when I went out for the afternoon the other day, I just had such an urge to paint the beauty, that even my lethargy and "painter's block" couldn't stop it, and so, I painted this little study. It made me so happy while I was painting, it was such a relief in my innermost being, I just felt like I was bursting with joy in the moment, and for that, I am grateful that these things can still make me feel such contentedness.
So, here is the little painting I did: "Study of a birch tree in Autumn." Enjoy!