I sit here at my drawing table in the quiet and stillness of early day. I’m furiously trying to capture the look of my neighborhood as dawn begins to rise up from behind the hill. Two lampposts glow in the hazy dark of colors that my palette does not have. I try.
Within seconds, it seems, one lamppost has already gone out as a pinkish haze creeps up into the sky, changing colors faster than I can paint.
I wish I could freeze-frame this moment. A photo would not do it justice. A little furiously-made painting does better. But still…there’s something here in this part of the day I can hardly describe in words, much less in paint.
It gets me to thinking how fleeting life is…how exquisitely, achingly, beautiful it all is. From sun-up to sun-down, if we could freeze-frame moments all along the day, we’d find our breath caught in ooohs and aaahs. The aching part of it is that I can’t catch it all, can’t see it all, can’t paint all of them.
But oh how lovely to be one who even gets to catch a few along the way. To be a Beauty seeker whose lens is pen and paints…I can think of no better way to live a life.
The wonderful thing is that tomorrow, there will be another Early part of the day. There will be more beauty moments, other opportunities to paint and draw the faces and places I come across.
Won’t you join me in catching them? Whether it’s in paint or pencil, camera or collage…i love seeing the beauty moments you see.
P.S. The above pic is a bit hazy. I decided not to re-do the photo since the Early Day is a bit hazy too!
P.P.S. If you would like encouragement and instruction for chronicling your Beauty moments in a sketchbook…check out my Drawing Your Life Mini Lessons here! It’s completely free!