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River or stream, lake or surf – the sounds it makes as if flows, laps against shore, or crashes as surf is a music that enters gently into the mind.
One can sit next to water, eyes closed, and lose oneself in the soft, repetitive movement. Thoughts flow smoothly, like . . . water.
The artwork, Twilight Surf, takes the viewer to such a place. It is evening – deep twilight – and the sun has been making its slow dance through the sky down to the horizon. Each moment as the sun gets closer to setting, the colors of both sky and surf change. At the point where we are standing, there is a delightful dichotomy between the rich, golden glow of light on the horizon and the cool blues and purple of the surf.
The sand of the beach, catching the last reflections of light, is a palette of cool and warm, gold and yellow and orange and brown and grey and blue.
It is a magical place, a magical time – a space and place where we close our eyes and hear the surf, then open them again and watch it broil and foam. Water, sky, and land meld together into one.
Standing here, at the edge of the beach, looking out into the vast expanse of water, one has to TRY to feel anxious, worried, stressed. And why would one try to feel something that we battle every day?
Better, rather, to lose ourselves in the moment, to accept the gift that nature regularly offers us through her beauty, her depth, her timelessness. When we are surrounded by man-made matters – our buildings and parking lots, our phones and texts, our traffic and politics – we too easily immerse ourselves in anxiety, worry, and stress.
Here, we are surrounded by sand and surf, light and shadow, sky and water. The soft, regular sound of the surf invites us to be mesmerized.
(This particular view of the ocean is on the Oregon Coast in the USA.)
Featured in 30 Fine Art America groups, including Everything Sunset.
March 6th, 2020
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