bemusing musings of a bewildered brush-wielder

somewhere in south america…

A few months after we got married, Margaret and I traveled through South America.  Somewhere north of the Atacama desert, or was it south?, we walked beside this church.  It was in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but low desert brush around it.  A few miles away, we came across some guy selling llama steaks that he had cooked over a clay charcoal pit on the side of the road.  There was nothing else for miles.  All the while we walked beneath a sky that was the strangest, deepest blue.  And so, I did this painting about six years ago, but I haven’t the clue where this church is- Peru, Bolivia, Chile.  That’s probably why I like this painting so much.

Have you ever read the BFG?  You should.  It is an excellent book by Roald Dahl.  The theme is that of a big giant who captures dreams with a net, bottles them, labels them, and then stores the dreams on the shelves in his cave.  At night, the giant gallops across the hills and seas, pries opens windows, and then lets the dreams loose in people’s rooms as they sleep.

Painters are, at best, like the BFG.  They take an intangible something, such as a church lost in the deserts of South America, or the fleeting beauty seen in the line of a young woman’s neck, and they bottle it, and then let it loose in people’s rooms, filling their heads with good thoughts.

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One response

  1. BFG makes me think of BF Goodrich. I guess if you’re driving from country to country, you need to make sure your tires are in good shape.
    Does that beautiful church have a thatched roof? I wouldn’t have expected one in South America, but then, why not? Both the church and your painting are works of art. The variety found in the world is dazzling. There are so many different types of architecture, cultures, and languages. As one learns more, one learns how much more there is to learn.

    February 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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