Yes, you have definitely seen many of these entries before...I sort of got to Florida and started dragging my feet on my weekly entries here...but I am getting warmed back up now. The last 4 or 5 are new now.
I have had the "itch" to work on Yupo plastic substrates again...it's been a long time. I really had to work at getting back into this way of working again...the tools are different and the whole attitude is different. This is just the first draft and with Yupo you can redraft limitlessly.
The 16 x 20 is based on a photo by Russ Lewis from earlier this winter along the river here at Hawthorne. It is very "interpreted" of course. And looking at the photo has given me lots of help in seeing what needs fixing, shaping, and changing. I'll post it again in the future. (You won't be surprised I am painting trees.)
When I Am Among the Trees
by Mary Oliver
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.
And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say,
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”