What is in a River's palette?

The space any place presumes, gives power to allowing art to create that space, or be reminiscent of the place the art represents. Like a river system cascading over various rock formations the effects that watershed can have will be completely different up and down its entire length. A lot of a river’s characteristics is dependent on different tributaries and have a whole nether scenario taking place in their upper reaches. Take the Sauk River out of Darrington WA for instance, on a sunny day, in the summer, the upper reaches it is a red and gold color. Ten miles below that stretch the river takes on a green tinge that dominates the overall color, especially from a distance. The minerals, vegetation, the tea color that resides behind beaver dams all play into special atmospheres that rivers embody. These are light characteristics of what fashions a river’s color. A more dramatic color effect is the fact that more volatile rivers cascade through plains of sediment that come from volcanoes protruding from the earth. When the same river takes on more of a flow the unrest is undeniable in preparing for the deposits of erosion that will dictate the feel of the atmosphere that makes each river a different mood, and place to realize. Some folks prefer a slow river that calms down the meditation, and other smaller streams have a variety of more surprises with a laughing flow, a light wind to keep the bugs down and a different set up at each pool like a house with a work of art dominating each room and setting the stage for them to have a certain feature that sets them apart from other rooms. An idea for a very large scale painting will be to map out an entire river system with a mounted fly cast painting on each river as it comes down the wall. The paintings will be small in the upper parts of the small tributaries and become bigger as the eyes follow the lines down the different paintings to the bottom larger paintings. The paintings put together, to show the watershed, would be a direct understanding of the different moods and colors that put forth the similarities and differences that a stretch of water can have in its variance from other parts of the same system. Imagine looking at that wall and understanding the fly cast painting and even being indoors becoming a little bit closer to a stream from an artist’s perspective and technique through fly cast painting.

Stillaguamish River’s headwaters

Stillaguamish River’s headwaters

Headstone: I wish I would have worked one more day

This idea of creating art is an idea that is terrifying and almost irrational as to the practicality of a stable life. The questions that abound are “Why would anyone want to buy this art, Why would anyone want to buy my art, What am I doing” I then thought of all my life’s work put into one building and that building burns to the ground or if everyone’s building burnt to the ground. It doesn’t matter that the art was accepted, appreciated, there is now a hole in the human experience and someone at that moment in time had something to say. When countries go to war the first thing they do is knock out the culture from that country that is being taken over. It is destroyed and lost to time. The fact that someone had something to say and put it out into the world is the shaping of the type of society in which they choose to live as by the means of the acceptance of ideas and aesthetic appeal. Everything is a fabrication from the buildings we live to the money we spend. The time in between is all there is to leave a mark. Even the health of a society is dictated by the celebration of its cultures and visuals to exemplify a thriving place to live and the art shapes that time as being the idea that this society isn’t so war torn or starving that folks can afford the idea of a few folks running around and pushing ideas in how the necessity of survival is not the top of the hierarchy of needs. Driving the long hours the other day “Death and art are eternal”.

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