i'm trying this new thing where i go on a few field trips each month. i do things that i always would like to do, but feel like i never have the time for. i've even been packing a lunch!
my last field trip was to the international crane foundation in baraboo, wisconsin. i wasn't even planning to go there. i'd headed for a hike in devil's lake, but somehow missed my turnoff and since the crane foundation was just up the road, that's where i decided to go.
that's part of the beauty of making time for these little field trips...i just never know where i'll find inspiration, but i know i need to take the time out for anything to fall into place at all!
the entire trip was an inspiration! since my last name is crane, my parents have always been members of the international crane foundation. my favorite t-shirt was even from there, but i had't visited in ages!
i'd been thinking about why i paint owls and birds, and that i should paint a crane. these birds are just gorgeous! and there are so many different kinds... but, to me, they all have an incredible grace.
it was rather wonderful too, to hike the grounds of the foundation. everything looked like a painting to me.
and it all was incredibly peaceful. quite quiet, except for the cranes calling out to one another.
a few nights after my field trip, i had the most incredible dream...which i am sure will become a painting soon. these crane with brilliant red feathers on their heads, soared from the sky in groups of three. they'd land and then hop up and fly to the other side of me...leaving golden glitter everywhere!
quite a lot of inspiration from one day. and i can't wait for my next field trip!
*do you remember a favorite field trip? i'm still searching for my next place to visit!*
happy december! it's actually my grandmother's 80th birthday today along with my brother and cousin's birthdays too! definitely a time for a celebration!
have a lovely weekend!