“When one is alone at night in the depths of these woods, the stillness is at once awful and sublime. Every leaf seems to speak.” – – John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, (1938)
The days have been full helping Jim (and the cats) prepare to fly to the USA, but there are flowers in the garden that awaken when I am normally sleeping! The blooming period is quite sort, so at night I work on the studies while most people in Ecuador are sleeping! Nearby Rio Cinto provides a subtle backdrop of sound, though there is a hushed stillness aside from random moths fluttering at the windows. Every so often an insect finds its way to my work area – maybe in hopes of having its portrait made with the flowers?
Before focusing on the main subject, I usually work on a smaller study. The upper and lower views of a black/brown and white butterfly provided perfect challenges on different evenings.
Back to the large painting; if the blooms are out of reach or not available, I work on leaves. The placement of the leaves is sometimes as important as the flowers.
(There are two paintings evolving, and here’s a peek at the second one.)
As always, thanks for your support during these weeks of few internet options. Prepare for a post about preparing the cats for their USA flight!