Light from the kitchen table
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018#1 of 18
Be the light. Lately the news has frequently been harsh:
the fires in California, hurricanes on the east coast, climate
change so out of control, riots in Paris, and mass shootings.
I think a normal reaction is to feel despair. But that despair
is not generative -- it doesn't lead to change. And change
has to happen for the sake of the planet, and quickly.
As I write this I'm thinking of the work of my artist
friend in Nova Scotia, Flora Doehler. Not only has
Flora chosen to live a rural and sustainable lifestyle.
Her paintings jump out at us, and give us a shake. Flora
grows her own garden with her husband Larry Knox, and
also sits in the garden and paints -- celebrating the ecstasy
and beauty of the natural world.
I think that is one of the powerful reasons for making art --
to lift and inspire people, and to give them a reason to love
the planet, and value their lives on it.
Have a shining your light day!