The first day of spring has arrived! I think my Brand New Day dove painting represents the happiness of this time nicely with the sun returning. This is one of my most popular paintings, I just sold another large framed print at the Flying Biscuit Cafe and am framing a new one today to replace it.
Here in Atlanta the flowers are blooming, green grass is appearing, it feels like spring! During my time spent up north in Brooklyn, when spring arrived I wanted to see daffodils instead of the grey slush that I would inevitably step in. Those extra cold months were very challenging for me, just didn’t feel right. The first spring we spent back here in Atlanta after having lived in California for four years, I felt we were in a fairy land. I’d never really appreciated how breathtakingly beautiful spring was here. There’s an Indigo Girls song called Southland in the Spring Time, that describes the feeling well. Where ever you live I hope this spring season will be a joyful time for you.
Sometimes in life when we have big decisions to make, it can be scary. Like the time in my twenties after a bad break up, I decided to move to NYC with only 500 dollars in my pocket.
These thoughts have come to mind as I have recently celebrated being married to my husband for 20 years now and am feeling happy about that. That 20th year anniversary marker got me thinking about the choices we make in life and how those choices carry us forward. It was scary for me to make that marriage commitment all those years ago. When I found out I was pregnant, even though we had decided to have a child it was frightening, I didn’t know how to be a mom.
Once those decisions were made I just had to let go and trust that my intuition would carry me forward. I loved living in New York, that experience led to meeting my husband. Marrying him led us to creating a life together and then to our daughter who we love dearly and who has added so much to our lives.
I wanted to do a painting that describes that feeling. I’ve titled it Free Falling. It’s a painting of a barn swallow diving through the air. If you have ever watched swallows swoop through the air catching mosquitoes, it is mesmerizing. They swoop down and then curve back through the sky with no effort at all. I have found that once a commitment is made if we let go and trust, we can follow the currents and they will lead us forward.