Wednesday Art Challenge
"Spring Transition" - mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas, 12" x 24". Ready for hanging.
Week two of the March challenge. I continue to be inspired by organic shapes and the emergence of spring. Moody winds are crossing south Florida this week, bringing warmer weather and banishing winter (such as it is here). Add to this a solar eclipse today (visible in Asia but not here, unfortunately) and there seems to be a clear transition from one thing to another with a full symphony of natural world accompaniment.
Inside I can feel the transition mounting. A sense of excitement, a little nervousness, spurts of energy followed by a time of rest. Things changing, yet unannounced. A bit woo-woo, but it is there, palpable. The change of season has this effect on me.
I find myself contemplating ancient peoples and their seasonal rituals. Many of these involve "spring cleaning" - the home, the body, the mind. Detoxifying and ridding yourself and your environment of negativity and things that weigh you down. I wonder how many of you do this instinctively? This week I've been rearranging things, clearing out unused items, smudging daily. Tiny repairs are getting done at last. Large projects (removing the 1980's wallpaper in one bathroom) are getting on the schedule after months of procrastination.
There is a sweet duck nesting outside my window in a pile of her own down. She's been vigilantly guarding her eggs, fluffing the nest, keeping them warm for about 10 days now. This duck is a new mother, young and inexperienced. She doesn't know what wonders are about to appear in her life, yet she faithfully prepares the way. Her instincts provide her with instructions for ancient spring rituals. I find this magical.
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