This is the second painting of 2016. A remnant from a class demo on landscape painting that took a few twists and turns today.
I find myself doing a lot of reflecting at this time of year and this painting takes me back to my roots.
Growing up on a farm on the prairies seemed like a simpler time. A time with less stimuli and more time to ponder. Long snowy days and days filled with sunshine.
A time when neighbours dropped by and had time for a visit.
Simpler in terms of stuff! We lived simple – a small house only 400 sq. feet with 2 bedrooms in the eaves. By today’s standards that would be crowded for 6 people. It was the way it was, we did not know any different. I have already experienced the small house movement that is becoming all the rage.
The larger house in this photo belonged to my grandfather. When I was around 14 we built a new house. I got my own bedroom!
We lived outside a lot. We did not have many toys but invented toys and games. I learned to skate at the neighbours house on the outdoor rink using skates two sizes too big stuffed with tissue.
In grade one I went to the one room school a mile away and we walked to and from most days. It had to be extremely cold to get a ride.
I learned to play softball in grade one on a mixed team, There where only 16 of us in the school up to grade eight.
I drooled over the art of a grade four boy.
Although I can never go back could I just recreate some of that simpler living in our now complex world? I think that lines up with my guiding word for 2016 -BALANCE
Slow down, take time to ponder and reflect.
What are you pondering?
Leave a comment – I would love to hear your thoughts.