make yourself a light


30x48 oil on linen

This was the first painting I painted for my upcoming show, As It Were.

Some simple barns in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont were transformed
by a late summer afternoon light, and the field of oats glowed in
sea-green abundance.

After the poet Mary Oliver’s death, I listened to several books of her
poems, and I loved this image from “The Buddha’s Last Instruction.”

“Make of yourself a light”
said the Buddha,
before he died.
I think of this every morning
as the east begins
to tear off its many clouds
of darkness, to send up the first
signal—a white fan
streaked with pink and violet,
even green.

Mary Oliver