I had the day off today...or rather, still have as the day is far from over. I decided to spend the day painting mostly. I finished up a commission I was working on, and then had an idea for another mixed media tree painting so I found the photo on my laptop, arranged the bits of paper on the already prepared canvas, and gelled them on. When I'm painting sometimes my mind wanders. I think about the next thing I want to paint, a book I'm reading, what else I want to accomplish today....and then sometimes I think about past hurts. You know those thoughts....stupid things that creep up and you feel yourself getting sad, or annoyed, or frustrated all over again. I had one of those moments today while painting and it started causing some anger and anxiety. I don't paint well under these conditions so I decided to detach myself from that silly thought - there is nothing I can do about it anyhow - and kept painting. My mind wandered again...and BAM! Solution, right there! Flooded with relief I could finally put something to rest and the painting I'm working on is looking pretty fantastic. Painting does that for me....helps me solve things, both art and life related. I don't paint when I'm angry and it's very hard to paint if I'm upset...but if I can push past those emotions and just concentrate on what I'm doing....my mind relaxes and problem solving ideas come in. Sketchbooks do that too and help me to look at things differently or with more intensity. A person tends to be a more keen observer in unfamiliar places. Sometimes too it's just a great way to pass the time.
This is a sketch of the historical lighthouse at Cape Spear. This is the original lighthouse restored to it's second incarnation I believe. The first man to tend the lighthouse here was a bachelor and he died suddenly. The Cantwell family took over and they came with kids in tow, so the lighthouse needed some additions put on to accommodate more people. There were 3 additions I believe, and it's been restored to the second one. It was so windy up there, and there was no tree cover. I'm not sure if all the trees got used up to build things or if they succumbed to the relentless wind....but how in heck would they have built that house there? You have some fellas come and raise the wall and "PHWOOP!" Said wall becomes a sail and before you know it, you are treading icy water in the Atlantic Ocean. Not cool. If I had a television, I would certainly like to see how they built the original lighthouse on Cape Spear on an episode of "How'd they do that?" Is that show still even on?