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Up Lazy Mountain

Jeff Riopelle's avatar Jeff Riopelle

Hiking up Lazy Mountain did not strike me as lazy when I did it. It tired me out even 12 years ago, when I was – of course – younger, and also coming after a physically demanding summer of commercial fishing on the Cook Inlet in Alaska. Since that summer, I battled and overcame leukemia. The view from Lazy Mountain reminds me of my own vitality and serenity 12 summers ago - it is majestic. I work with traditional materials - here pastel - and with traditional subjects - here a landscape. However, I hope to bring out the special qualities of the medium, as well as the mood of the subject. “Up Lazy Mountain” is to me both vital and serene. Vitality comes through laying the colors down in a labyrinth of strokes, blending as little as possible, giving the painting movement and energy - serenity is hopefully achieved when the eyes and mind blend the strokes into new colors and forms, which have solidity and permanence. The view from Lazy Mountain shows that, too - from the temporal seasonal foliage in the foreground, the longer-lived transience of the trees in the middle ground, to the glacial permanence of the meandering river and the mountains of the background. Personally, I am heading back to that place.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Pastel
  • Width: 40 inches
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 32 inches