This is a sparkling celebration of spring and all its elements of simple beauty. Reminiscent of river sailing in antique days, this is a painting that provokes the senses as one moves from the lazy river to walk through marshy grass and spring wild flowers. Once you have surveyed the obvious, pick a point on which to focus and allow you consciousness to have the pleasure of creating an extended vista of what is beyond the picture.
Imagine sitting on an elevated patio overlooking rolling hills of lavender in the South of France. Allow it to rush upon you as the aroma takes you into tranquil relaxation. Follow the walkway down the hill and up to the village on a hill. Perhaps there will be a small café with fresh baked pastry. From this new perspective, look back from the village at where you have been. Once you have exercised your mind in connecting all the parts of a composition put together this way, expanded imagination is really possible. “ Ancient Blessings” Oil on Canvas, 28” x 22” In Tuscany there are many ancient buildings and splendid gardens that remind us of the multi-dimensional nature of our cultural heritage. We can see beauty in nature along with the passing of time. In this composition we are taken first into an upward assent through the rock stair casing and then given the opportunity of seeing from the top, only what our imagination can complete.
In this painting we have a similar combination of elements as in “Ancient Blessings,” stretching not only through space but also time. There are nostalgic remnants of a fallen mansion and an antique garden, but then passing through the weathered archways of an old reality is a sunlit realm of uncharted possibility.
This is a compilation of many sensory opportunities, including an expanded view beyond the picture plane out to a new sea of uncharted possibility. The sunlight gives its own perspective through shadows, and winding shorelines offer an exercise to the mind to fill in with other perceptions along the way.
This painting is a composite of more than spatial perspectives. There are several reality combinations around a common theme. The vines in the foreground of this painting are from my own vineyard in Paradise, Texas. However, the total sentience of the vine and viticulture could only be expressed with vineyards from around the world (four to be exact) which make up the rest of the painting. The way they are put together in a coherent reality, with the sky and earth converging over the hills is a launching point into spaces even beyond.
This is not just a pictorial view. It is the view outside the artist’s studio window in Sedona, where she has lived for years, carefully observing every shrub and meeting many of the rabbits living under them. Herds of javalina seek shelter here in the winter snows, and deer graze peacefully in the summer when cactus offers its rich fruit. Red-tailed hawks circle overhead and even an occasional bald eagle flies in for winter seasoning. Though it seems a desert, it is teeming with life.
Of the many seasons of beauty on these hills, the one chosen to commemorate most aptly describes high desert life–the summer monsoons. This is a time in July and August, when the heat of summer is canceled by sudden rains that usually come in the middle of the day. They drench the ground for about an hour and then move off, leaving the most wonderful refreshing aromas of sage, pine, and cedar, with clouds that form patchwork patterns across the sky, setting the stage for spectacular sunsets. The desert is a paradox, and this season most perfectly captures that quality when life is renewed at the height of its challenge to survive.
This painting explores multi-dimensional perspectives in an intimate setting. This is a real place in the Fort Worth Botanical Garden where Glenda spent many hours writing the original script for her best-selling book, “Love Without End.” This was a place of visual, spiritual, and thought-filled immersion. The bench was the center point of the rich panorama within this garden setting. The trees created a dynamic arbor to frame the flowers and pathway, as they filtered the ambient light around her.
This is the most impressionistic of all my recent paintings, not only in style and color, but also in motivation. I wanted to explore the richness of life and color through an even larger expanse of sensory stimulation. Through my use of multiple perspectives I developed order that transcends chaos, and yet brings every impression vividly into focus.
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