I’m reading Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. She talks about ‘seeing’ and her writing is voluptuous and surprising and I love this passage on solar wind* and being ‘in the flow’.
“I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of it’s beam. It is possible, in deep space, to sail on solar wind. Light, be it particle or wave, has force: you rig a giant sail and go. The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.” — Annie Dillard
*Solar wind is the continuous flow of charged particles from the sun that permeates the solar system.
It’s no wonder then that the I find the best time to paint is on a beautiful sunny morning.