God how I ricochet between certainities and doubts. ~ Sylvia Plath
This could not be more true.
I continue to paint. Happy with my work one day and frustrated the next. I am toying with the idea of scrapping Run Lori Run and designing a new logo with a new name. Should I paint prints or make cards too? Should I have a certain theme? I have 1,000 ideas and not enough focus to get them done. I want to paint a plant series: poisonous plants, medicinal plants, edible plants... I want to paint a science series but every time I paint Neil deGrasse Tyson I want to chuck my paints out the window. I cannot paint people.
The above work-in-progress was inspired by Climbing The Redwood Giants, a National Geographic documentary. The part that got me was the stuff featuring Steve Sillett of Humboldt State University who climbs to the tops of these enormous trees and studies the canopy. There is a whole ecosystem in the Redwood canopy: rhododendrons blooming, huckleberry bushes producing fruit, western hemlock trees growing 8 feet tall off a redwood branch. There are animals that never touch the ground and apparently live their entire lives in the tops of these trees.
We hiked the John B Yeon Trail last weekend it was lovely. Sometimes you just need to be in the middle of the forest to make you stop thinking about how much you suck at painting Neil de Grasse Tyson.