McFeely Trailhead (stage 1) by Jacqueline Perry, acrylic on canvas 24″ x 24″
Trailhead a point where a trail begins [dictionary.com].
Last August, another painting buddy and I spent the morning landscape painting near Clyde, Pennsylvania at Buttermilk Falls. The county park was once the summer home of Fred Rogers’ grandfather, Fred McFeely. Thanks to hikers and bloggers, Philip and Kristy, for pictures of the falls. Available at: http://hikinginpennsylvania.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/buttermilk-falls-natural-area-west-wheatfield/
I had not painted outdoors for fifteen years. The experience prompted me to explore faith, painting, and nature during my sabbatical time this summer.
“McFeely Trailhead” is on my easle again. Up until now, I was afraid to ‘mess up’ a fine beginning. I was reluctant to touch it again with a brush fearing that the thing would ‘go down hill’.
Trailheads invite. Trailheads can lead to amazing experiences. I’m ready to explore what this painting trail has to teach me about the ups and downs of faith. Now I am open to what might be around the bend.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for trailheads.