It was a still evening as the sun set over the bay on the landscape in front of my art studio, and I specifically painted this oil painting to celebrate the rare remaining coastal woods in the area that animals call home. Stanwood is the closest town to the south. We are at a crucial time where City and County Council’s decisions directly affect what happens to this land by either creating tax incentives for landowners to preserve wild spaces, create nature preserves, support the creation of self-subsistence rural home lots, or they can provide incentives for large corporate track home developers and businesses to alter the landscape forever. Other areas in the state that have preserved their way of life and have created large green spaces for habitat and recreation are the ones with the highest appeal and have the greatest tourist draw ($$). Their communities and businesses benefit immensely from visitor’s revenue. And they are not the only ones who benefit: so will the ecosystem and the wildlife that call this place home.
I could see and hear swans and ducks in the distance. The March wind was brisk. What are some things I was thinking as I waded out into the estuary? These are the prayers before and during: I am one with you, environment, river and sound, gorgeous sky and birds. Please, give me a clear path. I am humbled and awake. I appeal to my higher self. I beg, may I lead a constructive life, may I be disciplined against my temptations! May I be able to look upon myself and others with eyes of understanding and love! May I never forget to be grateful for the time, efforts and energy of all the people, of nature, of animals, the mud, the soil, plants, trees, sky, great spirits, beauty, air, minerals, water that contribute to my life here.
After I finished this it reminded me of the artist Bjork. It’s probably as close as I’ve come to coming to the Visionary Art aesthetic so popular in Seattle and around the country these days.
A three hour session creating the sepia layer in my first try at sfumato, an Italian renaissance painting technique that Leonardo and Rembrandt used. We’ll see where it goes from here.