I guess there are many places that are more exotic and exciting, but for me it seems, my very favorite place in the world has always been the mountains of North Carolina. I grew up here and always appreciated the great vastness and grandeur of these majestic hills. There’s just something about them that brings calm and peace. Maybe it’s the quiet of the morning when the misty fog is hanging low in the valley as the sun comes up. Maybe it’s the sound of the clear cool water running down the creek bed. It could be the sight of the heavenly stars on a dark crystal clear night when it seems you can see forever. Even when I lived away, I always knew it was where I could find peace and quiet and reconnect with nature. And now, after being in the rush and noise of a crowded city, the higher I climb my mountain, the more serene I become.
Oh, I get in a hurry and all of this spectacular grandeur passes by my windows in a flash. There are times I hardly notice the subtle changes that are constantly going on. The tiny flowers in the spring meadows that show their heads reaching for the sun. The light breeze skimming over the tall open fields of grass. The colors of the trees emerging quietly and steadily bringing with them the promise of winter ahead. The higher elevation and thin air seem to wash away the stress and quiet my soul. It is good just to slow down and stand still and look. You can’t help but to know there is someone higher and larger at work here.
As artists, we seem to naturally want to depict our favorite places in a painting. We paint what we love, what we know. There is a sense of passion for this place we hope to relay to others. We want to pass on a feeling of calm and peace.
I would now love to share with you some views of my mountains.
I must tell you, though, that it is necessary to slow down if you are to see the amazing things happening around you. Slow down, take notice, and appreciate what God has created.
Do you have a mountain or, perhaps, it is the ocean or another place, that calms your mind and opens your heart, and inspires you to create?
I will leave you with the words of Dr. Seuss,
“You’re off to great places,
Today is your day.
Your mountain is waiting,
so… get on your way!”
What are you waiting for… Go Climb Your Mountain!
Have a Happy “Climb a Mountain” Day!
And Keep Calm and Keep Painting!