The musings of a landscape painter, art teacher, and art history lover
Unveiling the Beauty: A Tale of Persistence and Surprising Success
Sometimes a painting bursts forth effortlessly from the brush, leaving you in awe of its brilliance. Yet, more often than not, creating a good painting requires hard work and perseverance. Such was the journey of this particular painting. Initiated over a year ago, it underwent several transformations, only to meet with frustration and be banished to the wall while I pursued other artistic endeavors.
However, fate had different plans in store for this canvas. Recently, I decided to give it another chance and placed it back on the easel. To my astonishment, my initial reaction was one of admiration and wonder. I found myself questioning why I had ever doubted its potential. Prepared for substantial modifications, I soon realized that only a few adjustments were needed. A sprinkle of water puddles in the wash and a gentle lightening of the sky were all that was required. It served as a poignant reminder that as artists, we often become our own harshest critics.
This painting holds tremendous significance for me as it depicts the majestic Camelback Mountain, an emblem that reigns over the Phoenix and Scottsdale skyline. With its vast sandstone structure adorned with peculiar cavities and vibrant orange hues, the mountain mesmerizes as the sunlight dances upon it, casting an ever-changing array of colors across the sky. One can never predict the mountain's appearance while traversing the city's streets.
In this composition, I intentionally omitted any traces of human habitation and roads, focusing solely on the mountain's essence. Imagining the scene as it might have existed some eighty years ago, during the valley's nascent stages of development, I endeavored to capture its raw beauty. The play of light emerges from the middle ground, cascading upon the mountainside, while the foreground envelops us in an enigmatic darkness. The old wash, or dirt road, adorns itself with puddles, mirroring the dawning light stretching its arms across the valley. A passing storm has cleared, and a new day brims with infinite possibilities.
This painting stands as a testament to the artist's journey, reminding us that perseverance and a fresh perspective can transform frustration into triumph. Embrace the wonders that arise from artistic struggle and allow them to ignite your imagination. The world is waiting to be seen through your creative lens, revealing treasures beyond compare.
Author: Bruce Black
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