Spring and summer are so nice with trees filled with leaves. At the beginning of September I found some time to kayak on the Chestatee River I’ve made so many paintings about. I made a few life observations from the experience.
This particular river is a slow moving one. There are very light rapids fairly often but the flat, still areas are also fairly constant. It takes twice as long to reach the take out location if simply relaxing and not paddling through the still areas. For a few moments it’s perfect just for a little break for the arms. I personally enjoy having some momentum most of the time.
At the end of the adventure I realized that water that stays in motion also stays fresher. Life seems to be more vibrant and fresh as well when we stay in motion. I think about the ad I saw that says a body in motion stays in motion talking about our physical well being. To iterate it in reverse, like a river that doesn’t stay in motion stagnates, so does life.
From the middle of the river that day I took photos. This painting references the view during a placid moment. Too much stillness as well as too much motion gets most of nature off balance including us humans.