Yoga in the Landscape

Yogic Pretzel
Watercolor on Masa Paper, 7.5×5.25″

This is the same beautiful woman from three posts ago. She is new to modeling but very motivated. She has been doing her best to provide us with interesting poses. Sometimes I think that maybe unnecessary. The gestures we make during the course of the day are sometimes the most interesting. Things seemingly trivial like putting shoes on; reaching for something up on a shelf; mowing the lawn; or playing ball.

She held this twisting yoga pose for 25 minutes!  I don’t think I could even get into this pose anymore. I don’t think I could untwist from this. Even If I could do either, my yogic pretzel would be permanently knotted! My old, geeza* body is not that flexible anymore and I work on flexibility! She has very strong arms because she does very hard physical labor during the day. We are very grateful that she comes after working so hard during the day. When she is not modeling, she has 5 boys to come home to in the evening! What a barrel of monkeys! I have, once again, placed her in the landscape. I have hinted at hostas and fantasy flowers that might flourish in the midwest. It’s all inspired by my surroundings and an invention on my part. It’s not observed but referenced.

I think people like this young woman are the real heroes of this world. They wake up every day and drag themselves out of bed and go to work. Day after day, they work at jobs, mostly mundane, for their families. It’s a sacrifice as ordinary as the rest of us who do exactly same thing. We are the heroes plodding along every day. We make the world function with our work. Hopefully, we make the world a little more bearable for our children. That’s what we hold in common. That’s what transcends our differences. Labor day is for us. The true heroes of the world.

Enough philosophy! I hope you all enjoyed your families and friends last weekend and got to share the fruits of your labors.

*Geezer is the masculine form of geeza.


September 7, 2016