From the Overflow of the Heart, the Mouth Speaks

8th day on the road, 23rd painting completed, 2nd one on this day. Last one of the trip. I’m exhausted.

There’s something about a rivermouth sandbar that really holds one’s attention. I wanted to get the whole scene here: the inland valley leading to the now hot and dry heartland this river flows from, the coastal coolness of rugged rock and sea stack shrouded in fog and cloud, the beach, the driftwood, and the sand piled up creating a focal point for bending lines of swell approaching from deep water. I wanted to show it all.

Perhaps I took on too much. It happens. But then again, it’s all in there and if I’m gonna roll by and paint one painting here, I’m stoked this was it.

The big disappointment was the extended time it took to finish this complicated composition ate into the rapidly closing window to go surf a few down at that sandbar. I maybe could have swung it still, but by the time I finished up a thick fog had rolled in, and it was getting dark, and bobbing around a sharky rivermouth lineup alone and barely visible for marginal but fun looking two foot waves for some reason just didn’t sound as fun as it did when I’d started the painting.

So instead I paused there to enjoy a celebratory beer for a week of hard work, and thought I heard the river speak. “Another time” she said, “Another time.”

From the overflow
Of the heart
The mouth speaks

Only a
Other times
A raging torrent
Gives life
And takes it away

Many moons ago
We heard her speak
“Another time”
She said

Just today
We heard her speak again
We hoped this would be
Our invitation to join the waters
Where her words meet the Great Unknown

The fog rolled in
The moon rose in the east
And once again
“Another time”
Was all that we heard

Artwork Information:

Artwork Title: "From the Overflow of the Heart, the Mouth Speaks"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2017

Additional Artwork Information:

Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 07/23/2017
Region: The California Coast > Northern California > Sonoma
Road Trip: Mendocino/Sonoma 2017

Artwork Logistics:

Travel Logistics: Had to Sleep in My Van
Access Logitics: Awkwardly Close to Cars or Trains, The Shoulder of a Busy Road/Highway
Anthropological Hazards:
Weather Logistics: Fog Battle

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