by Dale McEntire
I try to approach the landscape with a clear and calm mind. As I hike into an area I allow my senses to open up to light , sound, composition and instinctual emotions that may arise. I also keep my awareness on signs that may present themselves such as animals, unusual formations and other natural elements. When the scene begins to present itself I then spend a few moments becoming familiar with the energy present and my place in it. It is my understanding that this time alone in nature is a gift and my responsibility as an artist is to honor it. As with all quite time the mind is prone to wander and rebel but with practice I have learned to be present with my surroundings.
The paintings have gone through several stages over the years and I have continued to work toward finding my own language. Many artist have inspired me over the years and helped me along with my journey. I enjoy working this way and will always have these experiences with me. After a days work I normally walk away with a feeling of gratitude and contentment of having spent several good hours on this blue jewel we call earth. A bow of gratitude is a good way to end the day.
Red Earth Studio