“The problem with ordinary life,” a friend mentioned the other day, “is that there’s nothing magical about it. I know there’s a lot of controversy about teaching children about Santa Claus, but I think we do so because we long for that magic we felt as a kid, and don’t want to feel as if it doesn’t exist.”
Her words are apt: ordinary life does, too often, seem ordinary – which is some ways its beauty, because who would want one cataclysmic adventure after another, with never time to sit down for a leisurely breakfast of tea and toast?
And, ordinary life seems lacking somehow because what we call ordinary life: driving to the office, sitting in the cubicle doing busy work, shopping after work with too little time and too long of lines, definitely is lacking in imagination, scope, and creativity.
But there is another area of ordinary life – that aspect of breathing, moving, thinking, wondering, and living in a world that is full of color, sound, emotion, and beauty – that we tend to overlook, simply because it is constantly around us, and we walk through it without seeing.
Such is the world captured in Moon Rising, in which a woman of thought and strength stands in a state of poised reflection and meditation. Within the desert landscape in the outskirts of Tucson, AZ, she is surrounded by deep shadow and strong afternoon light, a dichotomy of elements that work together to draw out the texture and color of her desert landscape. The moon rising in the east adds a pale glow that is almost unnoticed because of the sun setting in the west, but in a few minutes time, as the sun’s light wanes, the moon’s light will strengthen into a silver essence that is magical, enchanting, other worldly.
This time, this place, which we could easily walk by – as we’re texting on our phone – and not notice because “it’s so ordinary,” isn’t ordinary at all. It is a time and place of silence impregnated by meaning and magic.
Moon Rising has been featured in 50 Fine Art America groups.
3rd Place Winner -- The Arizona Contest -- August 2018
1st Place Winner -- Coexistence with Nature Contest -- August 2018
3rd Place Winner -- Arizona Elite Contest -- July 2019
January 5th, 2018
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