I don't know about others but it is so easy for me to get caught up in continuing a series of work, achieving a goal, admittedly vague sometimes, that I forget to take a break and do the easy. Spring started early in Northern California this year and I was working on the eighth and ninth paintings in a series you can find on my website called Woman and Fox, A Journey. Then we were presented with unseasonably warm weather and birds acting like it was spring. Birds are the comfort food for my soul. So I did what any bird loving painter would do. I put aside my larger, more serious work and took a break to enjoy walks and hikes and the backyard and birds. No matter where you take a walk you see chickadees, nuthatches, titmouses, stellar jays, sparrows, wrens, towhees, robins, and just this week, bluebirds. The other thing you see is the wonderful light of late winter skies filtering through bushes and trees forming a stained glass tabernacle around these birds. I think in a way I worship birds because they manage to sing no matter what is happening in the world.
I have been doing 12x12 paintings with pastel and alcohol solvent. AFTER THE EVENING SONG and Winter Tabernacle are two of the pieces you can find on my website.
I am not satiated yet. There are more to come.
I am curious about those of you reading this...what form does soul food come in for you?
If you would like to read earlier installments of Painting The Sky, you can find them here.