Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Freedom - Art


Freedom is an abstract piece with a monochromatic, charcoal color scheme. The freeform shapes in this painting vaguely resemble a mountain range set against a clear sky. The contrast between the gray shaded color of the mountain and the stark white of the sky behind it is striking, the border between mountain and sky marked with a sharp black line. The mountain range in this painting is dark, yet it does not appear menacing, but rather looks like it is merely cast in the subtle valley shadows created by the mountains themselves.

The association of mountains with freedom has had a long history in the story of humanity. Mountains are the highest landforms found on the planet, lifting up toward the heavens with strength and power. By climbing a mountain, a person can come closer than typically possible to a communion with the heavens. After climbing some of the highest mountains in the world, the mountain climber may feel as though he or she could easily fly away into the sky. It is this euphoric feeling of freedom and flight that is captured in this evocative painting.

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