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How Does One paint a sense of "Grandeur, Majesty, Sacred, Mysterious" on a two-dimensional plane?

August 7, 2018

After reading an article by Melissa Breyer on  the "Tree Hugger" site about beautiful words to describe nature, I was so moved by the language that I went immediately to my desk and wrote a theme for each day of an up-coming workshop that will be held on a beautiful lake in Maine, with our sacred mountain, Katahdin, looking down on us. 

                                                                      Glory

   

I made a list of words that came to me as I thought about how I feel about Katahdin. It is a unique and awe-inspired monument rising out of the land. Here are the words:

 

The mountain soared into the sky

                        jutted

                        reared

somber and   towered over us

brooding and loomed over us

 

Descriptive words that relate to Katahdin

 

texture

awesome

powerful

uplifting

planes

edges

hardness

rough

serrated

convex, concave

speckled

absorbing heat

reflecting light

emanating light

edges - hard, wet, misty

mysterious

threatening

dangerous

magnetic

enthralling

yearning

majestic

grandeur

spiritual

everlasting

ancient

physicality

monumental

deep longing

evocative

secrets

immense

 

I also wrote a brief description of ideas for conveying some of these qualities in a painting. Just send me a message if you would like a copy of these notes.

 

Happy Painting!

Evelyn

 

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