Rocks roll and crash against one another in the tumultuous waters of spring rush.
This is a Mountain Stream in spring, and anyone who has gone hiking in the mountains during winter snow melt has encountered this massive, tumbling, thunderous rush of water. It is something to behold indeed, and like many aspect of nature, to respect and not be foolish around.
The odd thing is that most of the year, and especially in the summer, the stream may be no more than a trickle, something one can easily wade or hop across. But not in the spring! In this time of rejuvenation and new growth, it is as if the mountains themselves send the water that the landscape and flora below so heartily need.
Mountain Sream, the artwork, invites the viewer to step into the image, on the banks of the river a safe distance away from the rushing water, and simply listen to the pulsating, continuous sound. Strong, bold, exuberant brush strokes capture the sense of movement and power – the whitewater of the river is captured in a few number of strokes, as are the emerging green leaves of the trees in the background. Sometimes, it takes very little visual information for the eye to fill in what it knows is there.
Mountain Stream is also a reminder – and an encouragement – that things do not always look the same. This very landscape looked quite different only a few short weeks before, and a few weeks after, it will look different again, to the point that the hiker, returning later in the summer, will wonder, “Was this really that great big river I didn’t even dream of trying to cross?”
So is life – it is not always in the midst of winter, blanketed by snow, nor is it always the rush and roar of a spring river. It changes and flows, and we, when we are wise and respect that we control neither the earth nor every aspect of our lives, wait at the banks, a safe distance from the rush, and marvel at what we see.
June 7th, 2017
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