This Desert Moonscape painting almost didn’t get painted today. Sundays are busy. Jim is working so Tiny-Small and I are home alone together and she likes my undivided attention. Sometimes that means I don’t get to paint until late in the day or late into the night. Usually I don’t paint at all. We usually just do things together like chores and cooking or playing in her room. We often go to the park or out for donuts too. She likes to hike in the forest and do crafts, but she doesn’t like waiting around for me to paint something or to write. She thinks all of that stuff is pretty annoying. When I am doing the 30 paintings challenge I always have a hard time with Sundays. In the back of my mind I am always worried that I might not get my painting finished.
Tiny-Small was really tired today so I put her to bed early. Of course, that didn’t go as planned either. She was over tired and crying. I was trying to get her pajamas on and she turned wicked running all over and hiding under the bed laughing like an imp. Then the toilet clogged up. Then she cried some more. Then her toothbrush couldn’t be found. Then she cried some more. Then the blankets were twisted. Then she was thirsty. Then I cried. Then finally, by some stroke of luck, the stars aligned and she closed her eyes. She was snoring in three minutes. Poor kid. Why do we fight what we need the most?
Bedtime goes smoothly some nights and other nights it is an exhausting adventure. Sometimes, after getting Tiny-Small to bed and taking a very deep breath, I step outside for some cool air and to look up at the moon and stars. The sky is so big here and the stars are very bright. Looking up at the vastness of the universe is very calming. It’s so beautiful. I think the sky, during the night and the day, has become a big part of who I am as a New Mexican. It’s become something that sustains me through the hard times. I am sure that is why the sky has a big presence in my artwork.
Is there a part of your landscape that grounds you or has become a part of your identity? What one thing do you look at every day that inspires, energizes, or calms you?
I hope you had a wonderful Sunday!