"Leola" - mixed media on aquabord, 16" x 20". Ready to frame, or can be leaned on a shelf. Available on Artfinder.
But slow, little girl,
Hark and hush-
The birds are singing sweetly.
You'll miss the birds completely,
You're traveling so fleetly.
From "Hello Little Girl", Into the Woods
Friday the 13th, mysterious and macabre. The perfect day to venture a little further into the woods. We're nearly halfway through our journey, so we will leave the village behind and set off to see what new adventures await.
Leola, which means "deer", is the next piece begun during the demonstration this week. You might recall my mentioning a queen with her drawers in a bunch? Well this was her! But as I slowed down and spent some time with her, she emerged, transformed, into a woodland spirit and bird whisperer. This lady did not want to be rushed into being. She asked for time, background music, tea and a soft approach to painting. Once I set the mood, she sweetly revealed herself. How perfect she is for today's lyric! And a reminder to me not to race through the journey. I don't want to miss the birds singing sweetly.
Aren't we all like the frustrated queen at times? When rushed, our ugly selves emerge, all covered in bitchy-resting-face (you know the look, squinty eyes and pursed lips, furrowed brow) and tight shoulders due to the stress monster riding piggy back through our day. And, if given a little time and a pause in our day, our faces relax, our smiles return and we are beautiful once again.
Today I will hark and hush, listen to sounds of Friday and perhaps sit a spell under the trees in the forest.