Many months ago Kathy over at Lake Superior Spirit blog suggested the idea of a blessing post each week until the end of the year. I liked the idea. I accepted the challenge. This now is my second to last Monday morning blessing post for 2013. It has been a good practice as my blog writing had become very sporadic. The topic also offered a way to focus and organize my thoughts as an artist and as a sole-entrepreneur who regularly shares work-in-progress and other experiences that underpins my creative process. Thank you Kathy 🙂
That said, I have no idea what I should share or leave out this morning as a tree frog croaks in the woods outside the studio and the sun reaches over the hill in its winter golden light. I am reminded of a quick study that isn’t released yet from a few weeks ago from a similar morning.
MORNING GREETS FIR TREE 10 x 8 inch oil on canvas
The paint easily dances with the sunlight of the branches and I know the blessing of nature and my own breath intimately.
Then there is travel and a recent trip to Vancouver British Columbia and time with family. There is me standing on the back edge of an old bathtub and leaning far out the second story window to flip it wide enough to get a clear shot of the city.
VANCOUVER DECEMBER TWILIGHT
Is this nature too, I ask? I suppose, if an anthill or a beaver dam is nature then maybe this is as well. The evening light certainly doesn’t mind treating it as such.
On the way back home, I am drawn to the beach in the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. I had gone to Victoria to pick up more oil paints and to get a few Golden heavy acrylic paints to see if they would work for our trip to Europe in the spring. What do you think? Will the do?
DECEMBER SEA VANCOUVER ISLAND STUDY 8 x 10 acrylic on canvas board
The trick I believe with a medium is to go with its strength while knowing its limitation – much like anything else in life. These paints and I will be learning their strengths and limitations over the weeks ahead. Imagine the what a blessing early 1900 painters would have thought it was to have more than one kind of paints in tubes to squeeze out and set to work with no collecting of pigment and mixing of paints? We live in luxurious times here on the west coast of Canada, almost embarrassingly so. I resist the guilt of such a blessed and easy existence. I know that it can change, will likely change. My first job is to use my time purposefully and wisely, today.
THE BIG FIR TREE IN SNOW
Best Wishes, happy holidays and Merry Christmas!
What blessings do find the most difficult to recognize?
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From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada
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- West Coast Island Road in October – contemporary landscape painting (terrillwelchartist.com)
- Snow on the way for South Coast tomorrow (globalnews.ca)
- Vancouver, BC in December (erinhudsonphoto.com)
- Farm In Fog – pastoral landscape painting (terrillwelchartist.com)