The first time I glimpsed California was through literature, while reading The Grapes of Wrath.
"Why don't you go on west to California? There's work there, and it never gets cold. Why, you can reach out anywhere and pick an orange. Why there's always some kind of crop to work in. Why don't you go there?"
The imagery in that story stayed with me: the hope of verdant land, where a hungry person can always eat and a hard working soul will have an eternal vocation. The grit and resilience of Ma Joad's spirit of survival being one of those indelible examples of how to keep on keeping on. I imagine she looked up at the moon from time to time, to pray, to ponder greatness, to see it seeing her and, to let it know she was watching it back.
"California" is in progress, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24, and will be available as an original and as prints.