May Twilight in the Time of Covid-19
May Twilight is one of 14 paintings I delivered to Cheryl Newby Gallery in South Carolina for my Summer Show. The exhibition runs from June 27 to July 25.
It was my first trip since Covid -19. I took extra precautions on the road and practiced the 3 W’s recommended by epidemiologists and virologists. Wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distances.
During this pandemic, many of us are learning we can do with less, by necessity or choice. Long ago I chose the latter. So I channeled my creativity and structured my life, as I described in this post, Our Song. I sacrificed to live to paint and not paint to live.
I do not know if current events influenced my painting, May Twilight. Perhaps unconsciously, I sought a feeling of stillness contrasted with movement. An abstract idea made visible in the tangible elements of bird, water and light. A balanced tension resides in their juxtaposition.
I do know that I find peace and inspiration in these elements. In singular moments of gentle beauty.
In times of chaos and disruption, I return to the center of quiet things. I focus on moments.
In the words of poet, Mary Oliver, “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”