This morning I was walking in Riverside Park and spotted little bits of bright yellow darting around in some brush up against the blue horizon of the Hudson. It was a Hooded Warbler – a small bird with a black cap and tail and bright yellow feathers underneath and on its face (male). Oh, the simplicity of nature!
If the coronavirus quarantine does anything positive for the human race, it will teach us to put our focus on the small things in life, rather than what we’ve been salivating over for so long – consumerism, capitalism and getting ahead fast in our “‘thing-oriented’ society.” Some 70 decades ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a speech about this at Riverside Church.
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin…we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered. – Martin Luther King, Jr, in the famous speak he gave at Riverside Church -“Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence”
Perhaps now, his words will be followed.
Anyway, focusing on the little details of life – I scribbled the scene of the Hooded Warbler in my head and this is what I came home and painted.
This is a Contemporary Abstract Figurative Expressionism with Mark Making made on canvas with acrylic paints, oil pastels and charcoal on canvas – it is a painting that tells a story.
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