Oooooh there is nothing quite like a good romp up a mountain and over hill and dale to recharge the muse and fill the studio with bubbling good mojo again! I think the prescription here is: hike, paint, repeat. Again! Again!
The ability to "never hurry through the world" is elusive to me sometimes. It seems I am wired for productivity and movement. But moving through the trees for many hours takes that monkey mind and brings it to a quiet resting place. The need to hurry disappears.
Oliver's words resonate comfortingly during troubled times and excessive news consumption - let's be easy, be filled with light and shine.
About the art: this piece is painted over another portrait, and was a week-long wrestling match. At least a dozen times I had my hand on the gesso bucket, ready to erase her from the earth and start again. Once I got out of my head and let the paint have its way, this contemplative woman emerged and decided to stay. A lesson in letting go, embracing the flow and sometimes walking away for a day or two.