Introducing my newest painting:
Crossroads (Austin: 360 & Mopac).





Driving to work is a great time to come up with painting ideas! (At least here in South Austin it is.) I have always loved this part of Austin because of the beautiful rolling hills covered in green trees. This particular stretch of road is where highway 360 crosses a highway local Austinites call "Mopac". The sides of the roadway are dotted with giant metal electric poles and sometimes there are as many as 40 vultures on top of one of them. My whole life I have wondered about these vultures as I drive by or sit in traffic. I have always wondered why they choose these poles to be their gathering place? And also why are so many of them together? I am no bird expert or anything, but I am glad that they are here. 

The main theme of this painting is about making decisions and the consequences of these decisions. The viewer is thrust into the driver's seat in traffic wondering if s/he chose the right way to go. The viewer looks up the road ahead and then to the right and left noticing cars are stopped in all directions most likely wondering, as I often do, if they chose the best way to work that morning. The answer this morning seems to be that the driver made a bad decision but is now obviously stuck with the consequences. The next crossroads or decision in the driver's life looms in the distance leaving him/her wondering what to do next. 

See this painting in progress here!

Read some of my new random art thoughts about miscommunication here.

"This is what the LORD says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'." 

The Bible, Jeremiah 6:16


detail of painting

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"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a
new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making
a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
- the Bible, Isaiah 43:18-19