This blog is dedicated to the memory of my life partner of nearly thirty years, Dr. Howard G. Hanson-- artist, writer, musician, and teacher-- who with me celebrated a belief that we can achieve whatever we allow ourselves to imagine. This blog reflects the whole person that our lives together enabled.
Yesterday, for the first time since just before Thanksgiving, I woke up ready to paint. And just as I had done every day before Howard became ill, I got my coffee, went straight to the studio and touched brush to canvas. It didn't make any difference what the subject would be, I just wanted to paint. And so I opened my file of photos I shot from my kitchen window during our last snowstorm and found this male cardinal at the foot of the bird feeder.
"Why Not Celebrate" Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"
This morning listening to Krista Tippett's "On Being," I heard a quote but didn't catch its author: "Wherever you go, there you are." Today, with the title of this painting, I add this: Why not celebrate.
Enjoy your Sunday.
(Later: The "Wherever you go..." quote is from the title of a book by Jon Kabat-Zinn available from Amazon HERE)