A Painting Day

October 15

I catch up with some of the drawings yet to be turned into paintings. Reading the log book makes me contemplate what I, as the first Kane Ranch Artist-in-Residence, will have to say two weeks from now.

Art, like the Grand Canyon Trust’s preservation/conservation/restoration is an act of faith, nonsensical to homo economicus. I do it because it brings me – and others – a pleasure of (landscape) recognition and a sense of common treasure. They are “public” lands, a theme that has come up before during my residencies.  I always have to do “the pretty stuff” first. Art depicting a place is a way of being deeply in that place. But beyond the souvenir, art can be a mirror, a goad, an encounter with important feelings and issues. What I shall paint to get at the issues here and the Trust’s work is one meditation as I walk.

And anyway, why do we respond so to vast panoramas, such as I see from this front porch? The sense of seeing farther? Fully satisfying those peripheral-vision neurons? Safety that no one can approach unperceived? Room for the new? The peace of solitude, alone with your thoughts?

Near the LeFevre Overlook

Near the LeFevre Overlook

2 comments on “A Painting Day


    Hi, Suze. I so admire what you are doing, both the painting and the inner strength that carries you fearlessly to these wide open spaces, alone. I would be totally intimidated by the experience. Take care, paint well and be safe.


    Sent from my iPad

    “There is more than one way to do everything.”


  2. Arlene Tuttle says:

    Hi Suze! What a wonderful adventure you are embarked on. I especially LOVE your depiction of the Aspen Grove. Thanks for sharing this.

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