Wherever I go I need a period of incubation so that I may learn the essence of nature, which never wishes to be understood or yield herself. -Paul Gauguin
(Ecuador) Immersed in Mindo’s cloud forest, I spent more time watching and absorbing the beauty of the area than taking timeouts for art this past week. Several ‘exercises’ of art were photographed, and a few slipped by (like a weird armadillo rock!) without a photo! The attempts at serious painting seemed stiff, so I tweaked my attention to the abundance of beauty of the area.
While we waited on landslides to be cleared, Julie and I enjoyed a leisurely walk along the road that parallels Rio Cinto.
With no particular destination in mind, we ambled down the deserted road and wondered how many landslides were between us and town!
The stroll rewarded us with an endless bounty of beauty!
There’s no need to walk in search of inspiration when friends have an abundance of flora and fauna on their property!
Every so often there’s a casualty, and the paints and brushes record the details.
Returning to the dry rain forest almost due west on the Pacific coast, I continued my immersion in nature.
The sunset presides over the flyway as thousands of birds roost each evening in the mangroves. Sometimes we race through life, and other times we cherish the option to brake slowly, absorb the surroundings and coddle a period of incubation.
I look forward to capturing (soon!) some of the inspirations from this incubation period!
Have a nice weekend, everyone, and don’t forget to gaze skyward Friday night and early Saturday morning for a possible new meteor shower!