These last few weeks it has been incredibly high paced. The day trips for material, the time in the studio being pretty much 7 days a week and all hours, the show itself and, finally, getting back into society after spending the last couple of months working so intensely. Needless to say I am exhausted!
So this past Sunday, my husband and I decided to go to Victoria Falls on the Black River to get away for a few hours. The road to get there is very rough and more suited to ATV’s than even a truck – and it was no surprise that we saw mostly ATV’s on it!
Normally, at this time of year, the river is but a trickle and sitting in the falls and letting the water wash over you is better than any spa. This year it is running like as if it were spring run-off! The water boiled and bubbled and we had to walk quite a ways down the side of the river to find a break in the rapids.
When we finally found a quiet bend in the river, we were hot and got straight into the water. The rapids were off to the side, but still there was a good current that had created a sandbar.
The water was bronze and when the sand was stirred up it was if the whole river bottom was composed of gold dust. The banks were full of damselflies the colour of blue and black chrome. It was magical and I felt more relaxed after an hour there than I have in months…
I haven’t had much time for reflection these days and, as much I am not ready for the cool Autumn days to come, I am looking forward to a quieter pace and time to think. I like the metaphor that Life is like this river. When you get yourself in the right spot, the current picks you up and sweeps you down rapids and then slowly through meandering bends. The pace changes and it is easy to get stuck on the bank if you don’t stay present. Fear of the rapids or simply getting stuck can remove you from that flowing life force. It takes a great deal of effort to get back in the current and a great deal of courage to let go. Sometimes it just takes the right thing, event, or even realization to put us back in that river. Somehow, in the process, we become more conscious and the ride is a heck of a lot more fun.
Today, the exhibition closes and the preparation of the last 10 months comes to an end. I look forward to the next part of the journey – the crickets, the summer, more paintings – the Moment….
I am a little late in posting this – but I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to Kim at Laketrees for awarding Artscapes with the Creative Artist Award. I am deeply honoured and am proud to share it with the wonderful list of talent brought together in the blogosphere by Kim’s constant efforts….