Life has taken me on a journey away from my studio the past few months due to the need to learn a new skill for earning money. But I had the luxury of locking myself in my studio for the whole month of January in preparation for an art show I put up at the Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club. I was working hard to finish the largest painting (7’x7′) I have ever done “Our Enchanted Bosque”.
The Bosque is an amazing wild spot in the heart of a mid-sized metropolitan city. Almost every major city with a river running through it has turned that riverside property into a commercial zone. Shops and restaurants line the shores of rivers around the world. Whenever I go to the Bosque since moving here in 2000 I say a prayer of gratitude for this wild spot. I bring my water bottle and a snack while I bike or walk; sit quietly or draw; and feel the power of nature. My soul opens and the problems of modern every day life recede for a moment. Almost every other activity in modern life requires consumption. The Bosque has been consumption free but that might not last.
“Our Enchanted Bosque” took me on a two year journey of pleine air painting, discovery about myself and of what I wanted to express with this painting. Read about that journey on my post from February for the Feminism and Religion blog- Click here.