Today I am driving back from Oakland and about to cross the wonderful Bay Bridge….I like it so much better than the Golden Gate Bridge. Anyway. I pull up to the toll plaza. It is 6 bucks. As is usual for me I plan on giving a toll to the car behind me. But I wonder, what if I did something different today? So when i get to the toll plaza I see the toll taker. He smiles I give him the 6 bucks for my van to cross the bridge and 6 more bucks. He looks behind my van and I say “No it’s not for them. I want you to have it!” He starts shaking his head and saying something like he is not allowed to accept it….And I blurt out, interrupting him “It’s yours now…pay someone’s toll, buy lunch, whatever…..You have a great day.” and drive off. Smiling all the way to Treasure Island. As I pass through the tunnel I am greeted by one of my favorite views of San Francisco. I love this place.
This is a little bit of a fun departure for me….I started making an abstract painting….and then realized that it was just not my thing. In the end I think this flower painting is about realizing that it is ok to be amazed by even the smallest things in the world. When I am present and awake I think of things like – How man animals are in the bay area? What are all the of the bird species in San Francisco? and could I paint them all? Living in the present gives me a sneak peak into the world’s small mysteries. I am not sure how to put this into words….But I will try. Take care.