It has been raining for days. We are having historic flooding in our region. Electricity and phone service comes and goes in the area. Many roads and bridges have been washed out. Yesterday I painted on the covered back porch while it rained. I had rescued the roses from my garden. It was cold and windy, a raw kind of day, but the light was beautiful.
I was honored to have my painting chosen "Best in Show"by judge Alejo Benedetti of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Awards were presented at the Illinois River Salon awards banquet at Crystal Bridges.
I woke up this morning feeling grateful. Like most mornings, I woke up and squinted to see the light and shadow patterns in the white oak tree outside my window. I'm grateful for that dance of light and shadow in the branches and for the ability to see differently. I'm grateful for the art community that shares knowledge and encourages one another. I'm grateful for being able to paint. I'm grateful for the lifetime that has led me to this spot. How long does it take to make a painting? A lifetime of learning, observation and inspiration, followed by a moment of response at the easel.