2/19/13

Uncertainty, 16x12

"Uncertainty, 16x12" Pastel  ©Brenda Boylan

The road less travelled, in this case, is what this painting is all about. I often write about my family farm and my childhood memories that surround it. Directly behind the our farm house and property there is an old log road that leads to the top. When my Dad was a young boy, he'd hike up the hill and set up camp on the top, above all of Creswell. Then once he had hiked my sister and I up there when we were grade school aged, feeling above all the earth when we reached the summit. At the top there was a fresh cold spring that we could drink from that made us feel connected to the earth. Late last summer, my Dad at age 75, my husband, and two kids hiked up the mountain again. It had been years since I climbed it and, as for my Dad, he was so much more in shape than all of us! At the very top we ended up scrambling through some blackberry brambles and perhaps some poison oak, Oregon blueberry, ivy, and thick brush. The ground was not to be seen, only the tall trees above and the sky peeking through the fir and ash trees overhead. We came upon a dirt road and started downhill to the other side of the mountain, passing through private property.  As dusk was upon us we approached this road (above) and thankfully my Dad knew exactly where we were, but it would be around 3 miles on the country road to the farm house by foot. It was getting late and the sun was setting, so we cut through a pioneer cemetery and another neighbor's yard littered with horse poo, back onto our property. With no real path to follow we just faced downhill by my Dad's memory and found our way back.  "Uncertainty" is a road less traveled.

Old logging road

On the way up

View from the top overlooking the farm

9 comments:

billsharp said...

Beautiful piece, Brenda and lovely story.

B Boylan said...

Thanks Bill. I hope that others can feel my joy when I paint works from my family farm.

Casey Klahn said...

Yes, I do feel what you said. Very intuitive work!

B Boylan said...

Thanks Casey. This place holds strong feelings for me. My fondest memories as a child are there at the farm. I love returning when I can, especially in the dryer months of Oregon.

Randall Cogburn said...

Wow Brenda, what a view. That's a great view to paint from. Wish I have some views like that. I'm stuck in flatland Texas next to the Gulf lol.

~Randall

B Boylan said...

Hi Randall,

Yes, I've been to Texas, and by golly, it is very flat. You can see forever without any hills to getting in your way. Oregon has a lot of hills, and the biggest ones are called mountains. :)

Chris Lally said...

Lovely story, Brenda. Thanks for sharing something so personal.

Kevin Neal said...

Great story to go with the painting. I enjoyed both.

B Boylan said...

Thanks Kevin.