Parenting and those “oh so treasured” daily nap times.
Every parent has had the experience of “nap time” and drifting off into a snooze, only to be aware that the young one(s) are fiddle-faddling around, and nature seems to be chiming in!
This painting is the follow-up on my last post, and the final work. During the creative process and the many hours (170), it provided me with valuable insights about life itself, and how I am choosing to live it.
This little cub is gazing at a Silvery Blue Butterfly (Glaucopsyche lygdamus) found in Alaska and the northern hemisphere. Once considered extinct, it has recently resurfaced.
Love what you are doing. We have all heard it many times. And time is what it takes to to learn, if you choose to.
I learned that in each moment of anything I am doing, painting, mopping my kitchen floor, or paying bills, if I am focused only on the task in that moment, with gratitude and love, it is a joyful experience. My energy is endless.
However, this is also a conscious and disciplined choice, and more than occasionally requires a sense of humor. It’s like meditating. When I paint fur or feathers, I paint each hair, and each feather, and with each stroke it becomes a meditation on how much I love the subject. During the process I wondered why I had ever allowed anything else (doubt, fear, anxiety) to crowd my mind? Why did I ever allow any fear, anger, anxiety or lack of self-worth to run my life? Maybe this is one of hidden gifts of the pandemic, and the months in isolation, this valuable understanding. Impulse control.
I have a friend who tells me that sometimes less is more in art, and this is quite true as well. But for this painting I wanted to paint all of the little details. I love to look at illustrations and paintings that are detailed and my eye can travel through the painting and find new details each time I look at it. I love a painting I can walk into and sit down for a time, and just soak up the experience.
I hope this painting becomes that kind of experience for someone.
Nature is the most wondrous gift, along with each moment of life.
Now tomorrow, I will take on the long avoided task of decluttering my storage room, and LOVE it…….(that is the required sense of humor). I will allow myself to release what I no longer need, and then start the next painting!
– Thank you