|DAYBREAK 11x14 oil on linen panel|
Nothing to do but turn around and go back for it. Beating myself up all the way, I was trying hard to get myself back in a positive state of mind after feeling that I had squandered the best part of the morning where I was planning to paint.
I kept telling myself that this could all work for the good, and that it was up to me to see the benefit rather than the loss. Having retrieved my camera, I was hurrying through the pre-dawn illumination of the sky, wishing I was where I was "supposed to be". The sun was just coming up behind me as I turned off the Interstate into the little town of Johnson City. I've been through here many times, but never at this particular time of day. When I saw this gorgeous display of light and shade, I knew it was time to stop the mind-fussing and get into the moment. The beauty and unhurried peacefulness of the new morning completely took over, and it turned out to be a wonderful day of painting, and this was the unplanned, high-point! Lesson: Keep your eyes and your mind open to the unexpected.