Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Blahs: a painting to lift the spirits

I guess I'm not the only one feeling the blahs lately; lots of people I've been talking with confess to feeling down. Maybe it's the season, fall and all. Chillier weather, days darker, sunset earlier, a sense of having missed something. Isn't there something else I should be doing? Oh man, I didn't get the winter garden planted, the quilt made, the promotional materials out, name it. Summer is passing, and with it the time to do so many of the things dear to our hearts. We are reminded that life, too, is passing.

Sometimes I have been able to step out of the blahs by creating a sunflower painting, or a painting of bright butterflies. Something about that happy yellow coming out of the dark background lifts my spirits. Thank goodness sunflowers bloom in September! I still had a few left for this painting. They have wilted now, but the painting continues to lift my spirits.

This painting isn't quite as cheerful as some in the past. Am I getting older, or are the questions I'm facing this fall deeper?

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