Saturday, July 16, 2016
Oil 10" x 8"
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$195.00 + $10. s/h
I painted most of this piece (I added a few highlights later in the studio) on a recent morning in Tarryall, about an hour or so west of Colorado Springs in the mountains. I don't think that you can ever stand before a river and not feel a bit in awe. Rivers are like old souls or older loved ones, they seem calm and comforting but underneath they are strong and powerful. Rivers are both terrifying and beautiful; just look at Mother Nature in a river.
I have painted many river pieces. They are challenging, as the subject in front of you doesn't pose well. But their light and dancing sparkles and vast, contrasting colors draw me in. Many artists paint rivers, as do poets write about them and singers compose and sing of them. For many, rivers are a bit religious, and not just for baptisms. As Bob Dylan said: rivers are "Just like God, the river is deep and mystifying, cleansing and strong, ceaseless and never-ending. It makes you wonder why anyone who lives within 20 miles of a river goes to church to pray."