I’m almost halfway through the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge! I’m starting to get a bit fatigued. Today I almost didn’t paint. I thought maybe I could paint two tomorrow instead, but I told myself to “suck it up, Buttercup.” So here is my Turkey. Just a few months early. No biggie, right?
I’m killing two birds with one stone today. See what I did there? Birds…get it? Two bird paintings. OK, I’m sure you got it immediately. I’m just making sure because it often takes me all day to come up with something legitimate to say about my paintings. Well, sometimes it does. I mean, my thinking is, “I already painted them and now I have to talk about them too?”
Sometimes I just don’t have much to say about my paintings. Maybe they should all have deep, philosophical or political meanings. Maybe they should be dark and mysteriously emotional. Maybe they should be the voice of those without a voice: Each stroke of the paintbrush hidden with truth and existential crisis. Each painting carefully constructed to portray the secrets of life.
Nope, today it’s just birds. Birds I felt like painting because I like birds. Sometimes art can be that simple.
Sometimes an owl is just an owl and a tweety, yellow bird is just a tweety, yellow bird.
Sometimes there is enough meaning, deep and tragic, going on in the real world and we just need a moment to escape. A moment for fun or beauty. A moment for nature in all of its glory and simplicity. Sometimes a painting is exactly what it appears to be. A bird is just a bird.
Sometimes we just need things to be that easy.
I hope you find a few easy moments in your day today. Moments where things are exactly what they appear to be. No more and no less. Embrace the simplicity!
P.S. I haven’t been adding my paintings to the link up on Leslie Saeta’s blog because sometimes her blog is so busy I can’t get the page to load. I guess that is just a symptom of the popularity of this challenge. If you’d like to see more art from artists painting for 30 days please click on her name and take a look at all of the work being done by my fellow artists.