“Change is Hard” 12×36, oil on canvas, $720

 

Next weekend would have been Art in the Pass— a two day market running along the beach and throughout the park in Pass Christian, Mississippi. It would have been my third year participating.

I started the painting I’m sharing today a month or so ago. I was trying to prepare inventory for the festival. It’s very similar to some of my other peacock paintings except that I started with a different reference photograph than I usually do. This time, I was using a photograph I had taken of a peacock at the Audubon zoo. This peacock was going to be different. His posture, ever so slightly altered.

I worked on this painting for quite some time, until I finally gave up, and went back to the photo reference I normally use, the tilt of the head at an angle I’m so very used to. I just couldn’t make the change work, and so I dove, headfirst, back into what was comfortable and familiar.

Like today’s peacock, I’m looking back on these past two weeks and thinking about how hard change is. How so many of you are handling it like champs. How inspired I am by your concern for others, your willingness to do your part.