"I Kissed the Sun" - acrylic on crescent board, 15.25" x 20"
A little abstraction in the midst of my other projects was just the thing to loosen me up this week! This piece was inspired by a Hafiz poem (he was a 13th century Sufi poet) in which he "kissed the sun." I could just see his lips, stained by sunshine, lighting up his face. It made me smile.
I suppose we are all in love with the sun in some way. As a teen, I worshipped the sun's ability to make my skin a glorious bronze. Of course, I now equate sunbathing with certain peril! But at the time, it was a summer rite of passage, along with the delicious smell of coconut oil and glossy magazines.
There is a Portlandia episode in which a group of people are tailgating wherever the sun peeks through the clouds, hastily shifting their belongings as the clouds move to reestablish their camp:
Now maybe we don't go to the same extremes here in south Florida as they do in the Pacific northwest, but we do stop and turn our faces to the sun on a beautiful morning.
Wherever you are, I hope this day brings you sunshine. And perhaps a little kiss.