Hello friends and happy new year –
The start of a new year brings with it the gift of starting anew. It’s a moment when we can reflect on the year past, carry forward what is life giving and let go of what is not. In the freshness of 2012, new hopes can be born.
For the artist, a new year is another 365 days of nature’s canvas and inspiration to our own canvases. My first commission, just completed and delivered this past weekend, captures this spirit of new hope. It’s a sunrise from Botswana, near the Olduvai Gorge. The individual that commissioned it had traveled there and was captured by the sky and sun’s majesty at the dawn of each morning. He wanted to share that experience with his family andBotswana Sunrise now hangs in their home (and is pictured below). The colors and textures are highlighted by the encaustic treatment he had requested, having seen it on another painting from my African series, Remember.
Speaking of “new”, I’ve just completed six new paintings which are now on my web site. It’s a more diverse mix than usual, with scenes from California all the way to Burma where I was touched by news stories on the impact of China wanting to damn the Irrawaddy River and how it would affect the Burmese who depend on the river for their livelihoods.
I’ll close with sharing an important message in Botswana culture – “pula”. Pula literally means “rain” in Setswana, the native language, and also means “blessing”. Rain is very scarce in Botswana, home to much of the Kalahari Desert and therefore, valuable and why pula is considered a blessing.
Pula to each of you in 2012 –