Happy to Be Here . . .

Removing the Bandages & Proceeding Slowly . . .

I can’t see ya, but I know you’re here. I feel it! You’ve been hangin’ around since I got here. I wish I could see your face. Just look into your eyes and tell you how good it is to be here. Just to touch somethin’.

Peter Falk, Wings of Desire, film by Wim Wenders

For me personally, the most precious moment of Wim Wenders’s film Wings of Desire, is when Peter Falk looks up from his sketchbook and addresses the invisible angel before him as they stand outside a vendor’s cart, and says what I posted above. For several days now, I’ve been drinking deeply from the springs of Emerson’s Nature, and studying photos I took of the splendid Colorado morning from last July. And, step by step, I’ve been mixing and pouring pigments on the masqued surface of my paper. Awhile ago, I removed the bandages (masquing) and am now contemplating my next move as I seek to render trees clustered below the San Juan mountain range. And I am deeply moved, grateful, to be alive and to have this opportunity to explore art and quality literature.

Thanks for reading.

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