It is centering, calming, and at the same time, there is so much going on around me! The natural systems are dynamic and lively and stimulating for me as an artist. I believe it is important to experience the rhythms of nature regularly in order to tap into a deeply creative part of ourselves. At the same time, its balanced harmony is restorative, giving my own inner rhythms a renewed vision borne of serenity.
On this particular visit, I didn’t get to see the elk that were there, but I knew they were there, in the safe cover of the cottonwood forest. I did find so many other inspiring subject matter to paint. I settled on the abstracted calligraphic lines of some lupine growing among grasses. In short order, I was fully present – lost in the dance of light on the surface of the leaves.