Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Anchors in the storm!

"Austin's Way"
24" x 18"
Oil on Paper
NFS / collection of the artist.
Since I am in the middle of moving right now, ( god will it ever be over!) there is no new work for me to share today. SO I thought I'd share one of my very favorite paintings today. This was actually one of the first paintings I felt proud about. It is from 2005. It is oil bar on paper.
I pride myself on not getting attached to my paintings. I enjoy creating them. I learn something from them. And then I let them go. Not so with this painting!
The image has long stuck with me... it is the back road around the mountain to my grandfather's house in Bedford, VA. It was one of those paths that you are sure was started as a cow path following the twists and turns of the existing landscape, then the tractors followed it, and then eventually a car could get through there.
The view of the mountains in the distance and the relatively pristine environment is so beautiful, so very peaceful. Out there, there is still not much traffic ( believe it or not.) There are not a lot of planes flying over. No real industry has grown up to pollute or to add man-made noise and dirt.
I miss being in the Blue Ridge Mountains very much. Especially on days like today when there is such up-heaval in my life (with moving, beginning a life with my partner/lover, and setting up a new studio and getting back to work.) At moments like these, a painting can anchor me, remind me of my roots, of the love and connection I have through nature, and help me remember I am part of the big picture. I am not just this stressed microcosm I feel myself to be today.
Until next time
Create Beauty and fill the world with love!