This is another little experiment in acrylic collage on gessoed watercolor paper. Hearts have been a theme for several of these paintings. Following the disastrous fires in this area, the heartbreak in my hometown is palpable everywhere you turn. From the burned skeletons of homes and businesses, trees and vineyards, to the miles upon miles of black hills, stretching east as far as one can see.
This seems a fitting piece to show today after seeing the incredible destruction of these terrible fires.
I just returned home from an appointment north of Santa Rosa.
This is my first trip north thru this part of the fire-ravaged areas. The immensity of blackened, scarred acreage goes on and on. Hillsides upon which many made their homes, now burned out shells of what they once were. I kept thinking about our own ranch and how so easily this could have been us.
I feel sickened to see such destruction with many unanswered questions still lingering. Most importantly, there are still many people, missing and yet to be found.
I pray that soon the missing will be found alive and well, the animals will be reunited with their families, the rains will come and the seedlings will quickly sprout, covering the blackened earth with a carpet of green.
May these quiet hills bring peace
To the souls of those who are seeking.