“Devotion” 5×5, oil on canvas
A few days ago, I was on an early morning run down a usual route, and about a mile or two in I saw emerge from the large ditch that lines the train track, a Great Blue Heron. The great part is already in the name so let me make sure I’m clear: I saw a majestic Great Blue Heron rise from the depths beside me and take off in glorious flight before me.
I had been worrying about this upcoming 31. Every single year I want to have it more planned. I think there should be a theme. I want to be organized. And every single year I’m not ready, not organized, there’s no theme, and it works out anyway. But I never learn the lesson. Which I think is something like this: the themes emerge from doing the work. Nothing has to be planned except devotion to a process. That’s actually it, the whole thing.
So my day 1 painting honors that heron who I think will emerge again and again, maybe not from the ditch along the train tracks but from the trainwreck of my studio which I promised myself I’d clear before day 1 and most certainly did not.
My plan this month is simple. I’m going to pay attention. And if all I’ll I ever get from it is a memory of that one Great, Great Blue Heron rising, I am certain it will be enough.
All my paintings from the month will be available February 3 at the gallery and online
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Love it, Denise! Great start.
I just don’t have it in me to do the 31 in 31. And I’ve quit all social media as of this AM.
Here’s my first share of 2023: https://gregmolchanphotoblog.wordpress.com/2023/01/01/01-january-2023-the-path-ahead/
Happy New Year!
Trying this again, as my first attempt to leave a comment didn’t work.
Happy New Year, and great start!
I don’t have it in me to do 31 in 31. And I’ve quit all social media as of this morning. I’m still making compositions though of course. here’s a link to my first of 2023: https://gregmolchanphotoblog.wordpress.com/2023/01/01/01-january-2023-the-path-ahead/.