How The West Has Changed Me
I have been hit with a ton of bricks.
That’s what it feels like, anyway. It has been over a week now and I still can’t fully immerse myself in the present. Part of me is still on that trip.
At least now my memories have reached a dream-like stage. I no longer look out my window expecting to see mountains.
Yet, I have been affected. I have been knocked out of my shoes. I am entirely at awe by what God has created.
How will this effect my art? I kept pondering that myself as we drove along and witnessed the changes of the terrain, the vast transformation upon the earth, and the kaleidoscope of colors that washed over it all, creating a spectrum of hues by the position of the sun or clouds.
I have finally come up with a few truths:
1. Anything is possible. There are no rules and endless potentials. Witnessing the raw, wild beauty of the west made me realize that if God could create all these variations to the earth and sky, then how many more are out there? My art need not be bound as well!
2. The earth possesses amazing capabilities. Inspiration can be found in the textures of the land, the patterns in the sky, the layers of the earth exposed in the rock, and the twisted, gnarly foliage that dotted the land. I have source material for many years to come!
3. There is no way that I could ever come close to replicating the beauty that I encountered. I’ll have to let the responsibility lie in the photographs I took, which still don’t come close to the actual experience. I have been humbled!
What I do know is that I’ll be experimenting with a wider spectrum of colors and investigating textures, layers, densities, and translucencies. I’ll be taking more liberties and breaking more rules.
This trip out west has given me a renewed sense of purpose and drive. I am brimming with enthusiasm and itching to suck the marrow out of my experiences. I can’t wait to see what happens!
Have you travelled out west? (Or are fortunate to preside there?) What have your experiences been and how have you been inspired by them?