|"A walk in the park," 8 x 10 acrylic on canvas panel, palette knife|
"Make the world go awayand get it off my shoulders."--Eddy Arnold
I need this season as reassurance that despite troubles and tragedies, from personal to global. I've often said that painting is my therapy, because the rest of the world goes away when I'm work on art.
Brooding and stuck, I found that therapy today from autumn's lessons on change and the inspiration to use change itself.
"Get outside and paint," I told myself on this beautiful autumn afternoon. Most of the colors are fading or gone from the trees, but I had to try something different. I packed up my painting gear, got my tripod and pochad box (a portable palette that fits on top of the tripod) I'd never used before, and went to Hafter Park to paint en plein air--something I've avoided.
Finding a favorite section of the winding trail through trees, I set up on the side of the trail, trying to figure out what to do with the earthy, largely brown view in front of me. That added to the challenge for a too-detailed former journalist like me.
But there was still the inspiration of fall. Out came largely earth colors, mostly warm, and my palette knife. Friendly walkers stopped to chat every once in a while. I don't know what happened, but the results were change indeed--abstract, outdoors, palette knife.The world went away. Autumn's lessons are therapy indeed.
I should have taken a photo of my set up to go with this, but will go back tomorrow to add that. At any rate, here's today's therapy.