Synchronicity or inspiration?

 Detail of Standing Silent 18x36'" Acrylic on canvas.  ©Kim T. Richards

Detail of Standing Silent 18x36'" Acrylic on canvas.  ©Kim T. Richards

Have you ever thought of a friend you haven't seen in a long time, and then the phone rings and it's your friend calling you out of the blue? These "meaningful coincidences" seem to come in groupings for me.  I've been thinking about synchronicity a lot these days, as I seem to have a synchronous thing going on with birds. 

I started the painting Standing Silent after I saw a great blue heron during a walk with my younger son. I did a sketch of a heron, and shortly after, began a large canvas with a heron as the subject. During the course of this painting, I started to see herons everywhere. One even flew over my car while I was driving home from the art show where Standing Silent made its debut. 

 Detail of a new Egret painting, acrylic on canvas, work in progress. © Kim T. Richards

Detail of a new Egret painting, acrylic on canvas, work in progress. © Kim T. Richards

In researching the blue heron, I also came across a lot of information about snowy egrets. An image began to form in my mind and I began sketching. The other day, after a painting session, I was  again in my car, and what I think was a snowy egret flew overhead. I haven't noticed egrets in this neck of the woods before, so maybe it was a heron, but it sure did look white. Was it an egret trying to tell me something? Do I need to paint egrets and herons flying overhead?

Crows seem to be everywhere I look lately (or maybe they are ravens, I don't know how to tell the difference) Are they trying to tell me they want to be painted? Or am I just noticing all birds more because I'm inspired to paint them?