Quiet and peace reign under the protection of the Wallowa Mountains in the Pacific Northwest.
The surface of the lake is still save for the ripples from the lone canoeist, out for a silent journey through the waters. Mirroring the sky overhead and the mountain peaks surrounding, the water is a deep aqua teal – almost what one would expect from tropical waters, but because this lake is in the temperate zone of North America, the temperature of the water is not nearly as warm.
This is a place of Peace, a place of quiet and tranquility where one – like the lone canoeist – can think, meditate, ponder, and dream. The surrounding trees on the bank stand sentinel, watching and waiting for the canoeist’s return, and they do so silently and gracefully. The mountains, too, stand guard, embracing the lake and its inhabitants with their sense of timelessness, that patience of the earth that has nothing to do with the hurrying, scurrying world of men and their commerce.
Peace, the artwork, invites the viewer to step into this landscape of timelessness, to breathe high alpine air that is clear and cold and fresh, to listen to the silence that is broken only by the sound of a bird flying overhead, or by the gentle splash of the oar as it dips through the water.
We all need places and times like Peace – places where we can go, far from the madding crowd, and far from the constant buzzes and tones and whistles and beeps that become a part of our background to the point that we consider them normal. So accustomed are we to such background noise, we become almost afraid of silence, afraid of the thoughts in our head that give voice when we allow them space to do so. But this is a fear that is groundless.
Places of silence, places of peace, places of tranquility and beauty – these are places where we can listen to our heart and soul and hear the things that truly matter.
Peace has been featured in 41 Fine Art America groups.
First Place Winner in the Summer Mountains contest sponsored by the Fine Art America group, Haywain Magazine.
First Place Winner, tied, in the Edited for Mugs contest at Fine Art America — July 2020.
April 13th, 2017
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