2009 – Oil on linen, dimensions unknown
BEAUTY In the midst of uncertainty and fear. My daily post of one image of beauty to counter the currently overwhelming fear narrative.
Blue River (2009)
Another river landscape I came across as I went through my old images of paintings. It captures the moment in which the rise of the morning light has just begun to reveal the colors and contours of the land. The world, now awakening, lies still and quiet, it’s colors muted and grey.
During this pause we all are going through, I’ve not only been exploring my painting but also my music, playing guitar every day, working on lyrics and arrangements, and listening to beloved old songs I used to cherish. This painted image of a timeless dawn inspired me to revisit a Dan Fogleberg song I used to love but haven’t listened to since I was a teenager—To The Morning on his Home Free album released in 1972. I’ve posted a link below if you want to listen to it. Quite a beautiful song. Musically it describes an awakening land and heart. Another of my favorites for such a moment is Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copeland. The first 3 1/2 minutes paint a beautiful picture of a world opening it’s eyes. I remember discovering Copeland’s music thanks to John Aieilli’s Eklektikos radio program back in the 80s. Amazing the memories that are evoked when looking at the beauty of a dimly lit landscape.
Is there a piece of music or a memory that you recall when looking at a beautiful landscape?
To the Morning – Dan Fogleberg 1972