Arizona Campfire and Velvet-blue Sky, Twilight – Yucca at Fossil Creek, Mogollon Rim, AZ SOLD
Arizona Campfire and Velvet-blue Sky, Twilight
Yucca at Fossil Creek, Mogollon Rim, AZ
36×24 oil on canvas
The west is a romantic place. No one knew this better than author Zane Grey. He created timeless western characters and set them in the most beautiful places in Arizona. His descriptions of the desert, its plants, and its vast sky were so elaborate, they became characters in their own right.
On a recent hike to Fossil Creek, near Strawberry, Arizona, I spotted this yucca growing on the ridge. The curly fibers and transparent blooms captivated me. Back at home that night, as I neared the end of Grey’s book “Desert Gold” I read about the main characters settling in for the night in a remote part of the Arizona desert. As the sun set, and embers of their campfire rose, Zane carefully describes the scene, with Gale, his main character in the center. “At night, he formed a habit of climbing up the lava slope as far as the smooth trail extended, and there on the promontory, he paced to and fro, watched the stars, and sat stone still for hours looking down at the vast void with its moving, changing shadows. From that promontory, he gazed up at the velvet-blue sky, deep and dark, bright with millions of cold, distant, blinking stars and he grasped a little of the meaning of infinitude.”
Grey wrote those words in 1913, but the scene he describes can still to be found today. You need only venture out to see it. I hope this painting compels you to find a sky full of a million of stars.
You need only look up.
*I am proud that this painting was exhibited in Under a Vast Sky, at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, October 13 – December 3, 2017, as part of the American Woman Artist exhibit.