“The One Less Traveled by”

This painting is based on a Barb Stork photograph of Sarah and two of her cousins. Since the meaning is obvious, I’ll just do some rambling of my own.

When I was young and on a summer amble, I’d often stand admiringly before a tree. By evening, when I’d finally put pencil to paper, the real tree had metamorphosed into an imaginary old man, with the intricate woody bark now changed into a network of wrinkled flesh and the insentient physical strength now turned contemplatively spiritual. “I see men as trees walking,” as it were. Now that I am old, this work shows my woeful inexperience in describing nature as itself. Hard as it is to tell, that’s supposed to be nature surrounding the children. Ah well! Maybe next time.

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3 Responses to ““The One Less Traveled by””

  1. jason says:

    Wonderful use of color! Makes me want to go hiking and appreciate trees for something other than their ability to be transformed into drawing paper.

  2. Jeff says:

    Thank you for your kind comment, Jason. Alas, my paintings’ colors never reproduce well. Sarah says it’s our camera’s fault, but I suspect it’s my inability to operate these newfangled no-film contraptions. I also like that the piece makes you want to go hiking. Kathy often emphatically tells me to “go take a hike” and then, when I decline, uses colorful language that also cannot be easily reproduced. I think that demonstrates the vast interweaving of all nature. Or maybe it just means Kathy would like to see me transformed into drawing paper. She’s scary sometimes.

  3. Margie says:

    Jeff,
    I was just looking at Barb’s artwork website then yours as I met an artist and I was telling him all about both of you. I came upon this piece and just LOVE it! Is it for sale? You are so talented!

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