My wife Tess and I,
October 9th in Jacksons Point, Ontario
Today was a day all set up for painting. As I began to do so my mind wandered from item to item of things we have to deal with every day. Issues that dog us in good times and bad. Teen ager issues, school issues, politics, bills, taxes, etc, etc, etc.
Then my wife says to me, "Rob, let's get the kids after school and just take off for a drive".
Now I hate interrupting my painting before "quitting time" which for me is 5pm daily. It takes so long to get into the groove and focus that I just hate stopping sooner than I have too.
But the sun was shining.
The open road called.
The leaves swirled.
As soon as we could pick up the kids from school we were off on a northward drive on Lake Ridge road. Those fall colours wiped our minds free of all the stress and issues. suddenly in our little world in the van our family was alone and sharing. I cannot say enough about the importance of alone time. Not just for a husband and wife but as important for a family to take that mini vacation and get out together. Anywhere.
Go low budget, we did, and you find what really matters is the valuable time that is realized there in the car together. Turn off the devices. Look out the window, stop the car when you feel like it and go for the walk.
Alone time. Precious time.
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The Artists Journey
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This sketch above became this finished painting below
The Pine Tree Painter.
How did I become known as the Pine Tree Painter? You could say I paint a lot of Pine Trees, that would be true. I paint a lot of other things too, but Pine Trees, Spruce Trees, Birch and others seem to be a continuous string in what i do. I just like the way they stand there like a custodian of the land. or a greeter to nature. So, I continue down the path with the Pine Tree Painter name on my head, It's ok.