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The artwork, Verdant Banks, invites the viewer to step into the countryside, next to a gentle stream running through green, grassy banks on either side. The atmosphere is hushed, the environment peaceful – not a human is in sight as the adventurer steps forth to the water and just stops to listen.
The rippling sound of water gently running with the current sings softly in the background, and as the viewer continues to stay and listen, there is the gentle croak of a frog, the sibilant notes of a songbird, the persistent call of the cricket. After awhile, one realizes that it is actually quite noisy here!
But the noise is a peaceful noise, unlike the traffic and hubbub of the city or even a small town. The only traffic are the small animals that sniff and snuffle their way through, generally when the hiker has moved on and they feel safe to be seen. Sometimes, if the hiker stays quiet enough for long enough, he or she may actually be there when the small animals move. Oftentimes, the small gasp of surprise we give to see wildlife so close is enough to set their alert on high, and their feet runing.
Verdant Banks is a reminder to us that life is quiet in many places, and while we may feel busy or stressed because of the advancements of “modern” life, the quiet and peace of the countryside is still there, should we have the time, inclination, and ability to look for it.
The beauty of representational art, even highly impressionistic pieces like Verdant Banks, is that they take the viewer to a place where he or she would like to be, and they invite the viewer to step in and stay awhile. The quiet is always there.
Featured in 25 Fine Art America groups.
November 15th, 2017
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