Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Peaceful Path - New Mexico landscape

"Peaceful Path"  - Proverbs 3:17
8" x 16" oil on panel

This is the second painting in my "path" series, depicting symbolically the various paths in life or the choices people make as to what path to follow.   It is an oil landscape of Bandelier National Park or, more correctly, near Bandelier National Monument where there are ancient and unusual remains of ancestral pueblo people.  Actually, part of this footpath is on the main loop in the park and takes you to some of the ruins, which are over eight centuries old.    This area is high mesa country and is about 12 miles from Los Alamos, New Mexico.  There is another footpath which I did not take, but will do so if I ever return to the area, which has two fabulous waterfalls.  Time was the limiting factor in my visit there and there was no way to walk both footpaths on that day.  

The meaning and symbolism in this painting is open to individual interpretation; what I feel about it is similar to what the proverb says about Wisdom.

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