Joseph Campbell said, "If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on
a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you,
and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
Wherever you are -- if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying
that refreshment, that life within you, all the time." The landscape
around Millville, Pennsylvania evokes in me that state of bliss.
Because of this, every summer when school is out, I try to go there
at least once so that I may capture the beauty that the environment
offers. Taking a leave of absence from my teaching job one year, I
spent the whole month of October there, living in a cabin on a
mountaintop. The landscapes that I present here are the result of
that month-long mountain retreat.
Two of my paintings, Quaker Silence
and Cabin in the Sky
recall the solitude and peace that I
felt at the cabin. The Road to Millville
is a good example of the
spectacular, brilliant yellows, fiery oranges and ruby reds I saw all
around me and that called out to be painted. On the other hand, the
dark, mysterious forests that stretched for miles invoked in me a
sense of dread and melancholy. It was there that I painted, Lost
in the Forest
, The Road Less Travelled
, and Crossroads
. I hiked
along rushing rivers in search of spectacular waterfalls. World's
and Covered Bridge
resulted from my forays into that aspect of
the landscape. I look forward to painting the next chapter of this
series in a few months.