I woke up this morning without a clue about what to paint today. Feeling rather dreamy and scatter-brained, I lazily surfed the web over a cup of tea, aimlessly wandering...and there it was! A Facebook post by an artist friend with a photo of a beach (in Hawaii, I believe?) with mountains in the background and beautiful clouds. It made me feel even more dreamy (yes, I live near the beach already. But beach AND mountains? No way!) and so I decided to paint it.
So what happened after I was finished with this piece? I spent the day with my head in the clouds. Cloud-watching and gawking as I was driving down the road, cloud dreaming in my back yard, cloud gazing in the parking lot of the Home Depot. Fascinated by puffy whites and grays and blues, I have spent this day with my eyes pointed up and my mind relaxed and blissful. Apparently, this is what happens when you spend time with the beach and the mountains, even if it is only a photo or a painting.
It got me to wondering...what would life be like if I actually lived at a beach near the mountains? Would I lose all productivity and purpose? Would I become a beach bum and give up cleaning the house and cooking? Would I learn to surf? Would I learn to embrace sand in my clothes and salt-spray hair? My mind began to fret over all the things I probably wouldn't get done. ARGH! After a moment, I decided I do want to live in this halcyon place, but only if I am very wealthy. That way someone else can take care of the things that need to be done while I wander the beach dreaming and painting and perhaps even surfing.
After several weeks of ridiculous scheduling, stress and busy-ness, it was a lovely respite to spend the day being dreamy and cloud obsessed. But looking around, I can see that no one started dinner or folded that load of clothes. This is me getting my head out of the clouds and back onto the earth, for now anyway.
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