This week’s card is very personal to me. I’m cautious about discussing politics on my professional website, but this artwork reflects how I am currently feeling about the world and the USA today. In general, I am a happy, hopeful person. However, this past week, the immigration issue has weighed heavily on my heart. I am scared about the direction my country is heading, but I am trying to remain hopeful and optimistic that we all will get through this.
The blackness is encroaching on the horizon. There is still more beauty in this world than darkness, I really believe that; and that is what this card represents. The “orange” color is actually yellow and red blended together. Yellow for peace and red for blood. Because, regardless of where you were born, what religion you practice (or not), the color of your skin; we all bleed red. But we all also have the capacity for peace within us. Let’s push the darkness down and have more sunshine in our world.
Well, I’m back from vacation to the central coast of California. This is where I grew up and I was actually back “home” for a high school reunion. I had a wonderful time catching up with old friends while managing to get some sight seeing in. I haven’t quite figured out how to be a “traveling artist” yet. I always fall back on my old habit of taking photos. The next trip I have planned is in September; I do plan on bringing art supplies on this trip (it’s pretty local) and see what happens when I paint in plein air.
I admit it’s a little hard to be a tourist in a place you know so well. But I think I did a good job of it this time. I took my nice camera with me (olympus micro 2/3) and snapped a few pretty photos. I’m not sure I’ll paint any of them, but here’s a little peek at my favorites.