Quiet in the Shadows, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 20"X24"
Painting the landscape is a connection to nature. I love sitting quietly in the cool shadow of the palms, looking out onto the warm, sunlit prairie.
Spending a silent moment with nature means that our ears begin to pick up sounds we might have missed if we were talking, or even painting. The buzz of a bee makes us aware of a whole level of life we're not privy too. Where's he going? What's he saying? To who?
The raucous cry of a heron highlights another layer of life. Is he saying "stay out of my fishing hole" or perhaps "I've got dinner, honey!" Or maybe "watch out, here comes a snake!"
We'll never know. It would take years of watching and listening to understand all that goes on the natural world we're not much a part of anymore.
Taking the time to listen is a first step. Perhaps if we take the time to listen, we'll begin to hear.