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04.04.2013 ~ moment of pause ~ the baldy mountain project

by | Apr 4, 2013 | Baldy Mountain, landscape painting, New Mexico, oil painting, Philmont, summer, Wilson Mesa

baldy from wilson mesa – moment of pause — by dawn chandler — oil on panel —12″x24″ — copyright dawn chandler 2013

The third painting in my “Baldy Mountain Project” and the third view of Baldy from Wilson Mesa — this time based on a photo by Wally Berg (Thanks, Wally!).

This one feels more subtle than the first two. Less dramatic in color and shapes and brushstroke. 



Rather than urging you to climb that distant peak, here I feel invited to pause by the water and stay awhile. 

Sit down…

Stretch your legs...

Lean back against your pack…

Breathe ….deeply..

Snooze… or pull out a book….

and maybe that book is what I’m reading now: Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac in which he muses:

I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?