Today I woke up feeling like I just jumped off a spinning carousel … 2 weeks of frenetic shipping, delivering, setting up, etc. and going to Openings - not to mention the 6 weeks prior of fast paced painting! I told myself that I would just take it easy today, do what flowed, read a bit, walk with the dog without hurrying him along, meditating, etc. Well, the morning kind of drifted, but then I walked into the studio, saw my sketches for some upcoming commissions, and the pull to the easel was irresistible!
I wanted to paint something that I just had been dying to paint…. little birds. I love the shapes of the little birds - kind of round as we head into winter. And in doing this I found out that the chickadee is the state bird of Massachusetts! Yes, the Wild Turkey is the state 'game' bird, but the chickadee is the regular one. Voila! I think there are more chickadees in my future. Maybe yours, too. :D
One striking thing floated to my mind today… at two different openings two different people (so, doing the math, now 4 people in one week) told me they felt my paintings were painted joyfully, that they also brought joy to people who enjoyed them. And I heard about one woman who bought one of my paintings and is taking it everywhere she goes as she fights a courageous battle with cancer, saying that the little painting makes her smile and she thinks that's good for her healing. Moves me more than I can say! And well, I've said enough for today. Thanks for listening.