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Trying my hand at expressive writing

I had four pieces in a group show put together in honor of the National Parks’ Centennial this year. For the show, the artists were asked to write a brief narrative about each piece. I never thought I was much of a writer, though I did enjoy creative writing in elementary school. Since then, though, I’ve felt that self expression through writing wasn’t for me. But for this show, I decided to try to get a little evocative and write in an impressionistic way, which I felt fit with the impressionistic quality of my paintings.

Below are the works I contributed, along with the bit of writing I included.

Alpine

The mighty Atlantic crashing against a granite shoreline. An exhilarating hike on a perfect day up a mountain with a panoramic view of the ocean, and wild blueberries to snack on.

Alpine

Secret Viewpoint

A hike through unfamiliar terrain leads unexpectedly to a hole in the rock. We climb up to catch a glimpse of the incredible vista.

Secret Viewpoint

Campground Sunset

Camping amidst towering pines in summer, when the sun sets late and the smell of campfires is in the air, with looming mountains surrounding us. The forest in the evening is peaceful, comforting, serene.

Campground Sunset

Twilight

The sun is setting behind distant peaks and the Milky Way is already visible. The bison have crossed the plain and are settling in for the night. A little star gazing, then it’s time for us to settle in, too.

Twilight

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