The first day of spring. I began this painting some weeks ago, hoping to paint a visual of the connection and compassion so many have to the animals and the earth.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – St. Francis of Assisi
This connection is so vital to us all, making small changes to live in harmony with nature. Even just taking a few moments to acknowledge its beauty in any form, nature will feel this.
“For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi
It takes hours to paint a bird and as I work, much to my amusement they seem to take on characteristics and chat!
Then I chose the gold hue to symbolize it as a spiritual connection.
As the figure developed, I recognized it could possibly be the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. With a little research, there it was. St. Francis, known for his love of all creation and as of 1970 the patron Saint of ecology.
I wonder about the saints as time has moved on. Do people call on them as they once did? Has the internet and social media replaced the saints? Does Saint Francis have a facebook or instagram account? Are the saints just hanging out, waiting to be called for an assignment by someone who still believes in them? It was the power of human belief that created them in the beginning, I think.
While the animals call upon the Spirit of St. Francis to discuss their concerns of their homes, I did too. And I asked if he could work full time and maybe a little overtime, recruit a few buddies and speak directly to the hearts of us all, especially those with a public voice. It’s time we all live in reverence and peace. Harmony for all.
“A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” – St. Francis of Assisi
Thank you St. Francis, dust off your robes and hey, we need all the help you can offer! We can listen to all of those inspired scientists for better ways to supply our needs. The planet is a gorgeous creation, and I am thankful for the beauty.
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