This is from an excerpt of my journal after reading Robert MacFarlane's The Old Ways:
Perhaps the fall caused a disengagement with the landscape, a tuning in that was once our way of hearing and knowing it only to be haunted by it's language, a murmur we can't quite make out.
MacFarlane says to not think of the landscape as something to re-engage or plug into as a technology but something that exists and you are separate from, the way it calls us, the way it speaks to us to BE itself and not us. It doesn't need us to know it. We are dust longing to know dust. We speak "bones," the language of all flesh. We are given the brain, heart, soul, there is something we lose in not engaging in sweat, foot, walk, hike, climb. We move about the typography of the landscape but its our very selves we discover. Silence. Beauty. It doesn't need us to speak beauty over it. It IS beauty. It thrusts up despite our protests that beauty is a man made discovery. In fact, it IS it's own self. Beauty is old, very old, and doesn't need us to name her. We need her.
Painted at Hot Springs National Park (up in the mountains)
"Evening Glow" 7x5, Oil on Panel
Painted right here in my neighborhood.
I know! There's a BUILDING!! aaaaaahhhh!!
"End of Day" 8x6, Oil on Panel
This was in Missouri.
Over 20 plein air paintings will be available through Mary Tomas Gallery at Artscape at the Arboretum running April 28th-30th. This year the Dallas Arboretum has opened The Degolyer House to prominent galleries in Dallas to display and also sell the work during Artscape. Please go by and see if there is a little treasure you would like to pick up. All profits are going to fund a trip (more to come on that) for me to get to paint in the landscape. I would love to have you own a piece as well as send me on another adventure doing what I love: paint IN the landscape.
This was from our trip to Olympic National Park. So many waterfalls there. I could have painted for months!
"Missouri Creek" 5x7, Oil on Panel
A beautiful little spot that I wadded and swam in with the girls while on vacation. Funny thing was on the way back to the van after painting this one I saw a copperhead! I was pretty quick to get in the van after that!
"Green and Shadow" 7x5, Oil on Canvas
Can never get enough of my in-laws beautiful piece of land in Illinois. Especially on those cool summer afternoons. The green is almost yellow during the right light.
"White Rock Dusk" 7x5, Oil on Canvas
One of my excursions to White Rock. I am captivated by the trees! One day I'll get to the lake! Ha!
*Untitled* 9x6, Oil on Canvas
I revisited this older one as I didn't like the water. A beautiful little place we camped in Oklahoma.
"Olympic Sea 2" 6x9, Oil on Canvas
Revisited this one too as I didn't like the rocks and the highlights. Will continue to sit with it to see if it needs anything else.
Easter is almost here and I usually do something during the time to reflect on this special time of year. It's my favorite holiday and I've had a particularly sweet time this season as I've been working with a wonderful group of artists on our church's Maundy Thursday service. I've been working with a Director, Mac Lower, a Pastor and Musician, Dan Liles, and Actress, Nancy Li and Actor, Eric Fulton, a Craftsman, Pete Underwood and 5 young artists ranging in age from 8-19. Each of the young artists are doing an I AM statement of Jesus (one artist is doing two). This left me with "The Way."
I leave it with you, the viewer, to see what things were stirring me. I hope it does for you too.