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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A walk in the woods

"A walk in the woods," 5 1/2 by 7 watercolor, 300 lb. d'Arches cold press paper
Trees. Woods. Forests. Havens for  life and thought and creativity. For being happy.
I walked yesterday in Hafer Park, savoring the sunshine and a relatively mild day before another cold front hits. I don't wear ear phones, but just walk, enjoying the sounds of birds and wildlife in the underbrush of this "urban forest" that is adjacent to our subdivision.
There is also peace there, watching parents with children, adults   and lovers walking and talking, a few joggers, people walking their dogs, the ducks and geese.
It's a happy place in all seasons, even now with the bare branches. I have a favorite tree and especially enjoy watching the trees in various stages of life and death, and by the time I've completed just over a mile and walked back home, my blood pressure has dropped, and I'm happy.
Trees. No trees, no life on earth. But they are more than just engines of oxygen. A walk in the woods is also an engine of creativity.
Although I'd watched a video yesterday of another artist painting trees, I sat here in Current Coop Studio stumped (forgive the pun), without an idea of what to paint for today's happy challenge from WorldWatercolorGroup.com happy challenge.
Ray Bradbury writes that everything that happens to you is compost, and from all that compost, this painting came to life.

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