Wending its way through the hills, a country road takes the traveler to a place of peace and beauty.
Country roads are fascinating elements of the landscape – they range from rutted ribbons of dirt to gravel, and sometimes, as in the artwork, After the Harvest Rain, are well groomed pavement, albeit much narrower than a highway. This very narrowness, along with the winding and the up and down hilliness, encourages the traveler to slow down, not be in such a hurry to get wherever they are going, and enjoy the scenery on either side.
When I first posted After the Harvest Rain on social media, a woman in the area contacted me and said, “That’s MY road! That’s the road on the way to my house!” And indeed it was. Like her, I was fascinated by the feeling of traveling along this road. She later purchased the piece, and it resides in her house, a testament to the comfort and joy that the familiar road to home brings us.
And while After the Harvest Rain captures a specific road in a definite place, it embodies the sense of country roads everywhere. There is a sense of peace, of tranquility, of time. The harvested wheat is a reminder of that time and its seasons – we are in late summer, early fall, and the harvest is done. In a short while, work will begin to plant the seeds for next year’s crop, but that time is not yet now. Now is the time to simply enjoy the work that we have put in so far, and to rest in the knowledge that each season brings its beauty, its work, and its joy.
The very glisten of the drying rain upon the road is a reminder of this cycle of the seasons. In the midst of the hottest part of summer, the autumn rains are on their way, and like the road, they will take us into the next adventure, the next season, the next part of our journey in this life.
May 1st, 2017
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