So as summer kicks off, I begin to reflect on the events and experiences that have lead up to this point. Though there have been some obstacles (mountains, if you will), some downfalls, and some successes, its great sometimes to just look back and just observe what you have done, what you have gone through and how it has affected you. As up-and-coming teachers, we are all told to do that in order to better ourselves as educators, Though an exercise such as this can be applied to almost anything in life.
This was a card that I made for someone who is retiring recently. For the sake of the card, I initially felt that this image (inspired by Caspar David Friedrich of course) spoke to someone retiring because it symbolizes a person looking back on their own journey and finally appreciating their accomplishments. Personally though, I always see this painting as a reminder to always be willing to stop and reflect on the experiences that you have gained on this lifelong journey and how they affect you (if at all). I know both of those meanings are more or less similar, but I would like to think that my journey is far from finished. So sure I might be "reflecting" now, but I'll be definitely going back "down into the mist" to continue this lifelong journey of mine.
All in all, I enjoyed making this card - great way to keep the ball rolling with the other art mediums I'm trying to pursue. Anyways, enjoy!