A nasty cold has kept me on the couch for over a week but even before the illness, life was slowing down. Sometimes, when not much seems to be happening, the only course is to keep on walking. Small works focus the mind without asking too much of the nervous system.
This modest 8″x10″ painting is based on a scene spotted a few months ago in Violet Cemetery, the lovely graveyard behind the parking lot of Unity East Church in Pickerington, Ohio.
We were packing up our instruments after the gig when I noticed a bluebird resting on one of the tombstones. I’ve only seen a bluebird once and only at a great distance, so this felt like a gift. The visual critic in me warns that the image veers into the overly sentimental, but what can I say? It really happened.
I stained this inexpensive scrollwork box with watered down acrylic paint and glued the board into it. Small but sweet efforts keep the juices flowing while the well re-fills.