It is silent, very silent. The day is waning; the sun, though still warm, battles against the cool breeze of twilight, and a young woman sits at the rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, meditating.
This is a moment of Serenity – a quiet time of peace and aloneness in which one has time and space to marvel at the sheer majesty of the view ahead. Color abounds – in the very cliffs of the Grand Canyon, following layer upon layer of one another as they disappear into the misty aura of the canyon’s horizon.
In the foreground, red, red rocks make it clear that one is in the desert lands of Arizona. And the woman herself, her black hair gleaming with an almost purple hue, is wrapped in teal green blanket that, at the same time, is one with its landscape yet apart from it.
So also is the woman. Still, silent, thoughtful, she blends into the rocks and the brush, and one could easily walk by her without noticing her presence. But she is also very separate – a human being in the midst of nature’s glory, a single, singular woman who does not command her world, but lives in harmony with it.
Serenity invites the viewer to stop alongside the woman, standing quietly so as not to disturb her, and see the things that she sees: the vista, the panorama, the color, the nuances of layering, the depths, the misty elements of sky just at the end of one’s eye view. Like the woman, we are to do nothing more than take this all in, absorb the power and creativity that formed the landscape, marvel at the timelessness and patience of our surroundings.
This is not the place to check our phone. This is a place to check out of modern life and into beauty.
Serenity is Featured on more than 36 Fine Art America groups.
January 26th, 2018
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