Where Wild Things Grow
Painting - Watercolor On Paper
The world is filled with majestic landscapes – the Grand Canyon, the Himalayas, China’s Yellow Mountains, Interlaken in Switzerland, the Lakes District of England – in every continent there are areas of sweeping majesty that draw crowds of visitors and tourists every year.
But throughout the world, there are the “other” landscapes – the quiet meadows, the rural fields, the grassy plains filled with wildflowers and weeds. Tucked away within the hills, off to the side of busy highways, sprinkled through areas of development, these landscapes do not shout out to passersby to come see them. They are not the recipient of millions of tourists. Indeed, they are often not seen at all, because people walk or drive by them by on their way somewhere else.
Such is the landscape in Where Wild Things Grow. On a late summer day, the field grass has turned golden, the wildflowers, though they have passed their state of prime, still stand with grace. Overhead, white clouds flow through a sky that is gloriously, glowingly blue – the perfect contrast to the golds and browns and yellows of the meadow. A slight breeze blows, rippling through the grass and inviting it to dance.
It’s quiet here.
Hidden within the bushes and grass are small animals – mice, squirrels, rabbits – who find this a most delightful home. Now and then a larger animal – a deer gently grazing, wanders through, and if we are quiet enough, it will pass by without our knowing we are there.
Because the grass is tall, it is not an easy landscape to hike quickly through, but like many such fields, there are often animal paths that we can take as well. But then again, are we necessarily in a hurry to get anyplace?
It seems, after all, that we are here already – in a quiet place, a remote spot, a peaceful landscape that demands no more of us than that we stop and listen, breathe deeply, and be contentedly still.
Where Wild Things Grow is featured in 25 Fine Art America groups.
February 21st, 2020
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