Two bees were working this sunflower today. It reminded me of Shakespeare's famous line from Hamlet as I painted, "To be, or not to be, that is the question." A possible answer to Shakespeare's question came up at last weeks Bible study, on the first eight chapters of Genesis. This question was asked,"Why would a God of Love create death for Adam and Eve after they left the Garden of Eden?" One of the answers given was that eternal life with corruption, illness and evil would be unbearable if it went on for eternity. So God in his goodness gives us something better, relief from all evils, and only goodness forever. I wonder what Shakespeare would say to that answer?
This sunflower was covered with bees when I first stepped into the garden. Most flew off leaving only one to enjoy the pollen and nectar from the flowers on the tips of the sunflower seeds. The lone bee seemed to be walking around the seeds from the outside to the inside in ever tighter circles. It reminded me of walking a labyrinth.
This is one of farmer Greg's ducks. He also has rabbits, goats, chickens, cats, a wife and three blond children. Greg read an article about people in Europe paying farmers to camp on their farms and was intrigued by this idea. The European farm campers stay in canvas cabins with flooring, a deck, beds, chairs, and a filling farm breakfast. Even hot showers are available. Most of the campers are families and they camp on the farms so their children can experience the farm life by gathering eggs, feeding the livestock, doing choirs and picking produce in season for a weekend. Would you pay to camp on a farm here in the USA? I certainly would!
On Sunday, I went to several stores looking for water balloons, so I could enter Carol Marines challenge on Daily Paint Works. Her challenge was to place water balloons in a painting. There were no water balloons at any of the stores I stopped at on Sunday. On Monday, I went to another store when I was out, no water balloons. On Tuesday, new store, no water balloons. On Wednesday, at The Dollar Store they had water balloons in the back room. As I was checking out I asked the clerk why the water balloons were not in an aisle of the store. Her answer to me was, "Since it is autumn no one will want to buy water balloons." I live in Florida and the day I finally found the water balloons it was 93 degrees with 90 percent humidity.
This painting will be for sale at auction starting tomorrow at www.dailypaintworks.com
It has been very, very hot here this week (makes sense since it is Florida in the summer!) and I have been painting indoors. Both of these paintings were inspired by The Daily Paint Works challenges. The first one was in response to the challenge to paint a raw egg yolk. The second painting was for the challenge to paint a light bulb. I went a little overboard and painted three bulbs instead of one and also included a sugar bowl and lid all on a six inch by six inch panel. Oh well, I guess I just can't follow directions very well. Both of my paintings and all of the other challenge paintings can be seen on www.dailypaintworks.com by clicking the challenge button.