Painting - Oil On Canvas
Under the Arizona sun, a dancer swirls, barefoot in the grass.
She is surrounded by colorful cloth – an array of pinks that contrast with the deep, deep blue of the desert sky; the soft greens of spring grass under her feet; the red rocks in the distance that are the hallmark of the Arizona Great Basin desert landscape.
She is graceful and poised, dancing a dance that is determined and confident. Overhead, the heat of the Arizona desert sun beats upon her head, and to do this dance wisely and well, she must husband her strength, measure her steps, and feel her way gently.
Such is life, in a way – we cannot dance it all at once; we cannot rush into a flurry of activity that leaves us exhausted; we cannot ignore the very circumstances and environment in which we are, but rather, we must recognize these circumstances and environment and work wisely within them.
The music of our colorfully dressed dancer is that of the desert itself – the silence within the heat as even the insects think twice about buzzing, and yet the gentle sound of a breeze that comes from where, we do not know. There is no boom box, no radio blaring, no ipod playing – there is the music of nature itself, and the music that the woman hears within her heart.
Mesa Walk, the artwork, invites the viewer to step into the Arizona desert world of the dancer and join her in her steps. It encourages us to, like the dancer, take stock of our movements and think them through before we make them. Mesa Walk is a reminder to us that, though life is a dance, it is not a frenetic one but a dance of beauty, and to maintain this beauty, it is up to us to move slowly, gracefully, with poise and confidence.
Featured in 35 Fine Art America groups.
March 31st, 2017
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