Autumn Jungle – October 2, 2009

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.” John Muir

Autumn Jungle
5″ x 7″ Watercolor

John Muir (1838-1914) was a Scottish-born naturalist, author, and early advocate of the preservation of wilderness. His essays and books were fresh with the spell of wilderness, particularly of the Sierra Nevada in California. Muir popularized the idea of nature as healer. Yosemite and Sequoia National Park, the Sierra Club and the modern environmental movement, are direct results of his gentle insight.

With the influence of a rigid, biblically-minded father, Muir, by age 11, could recite most of the bible by heart. Words and turn-of-phrase did him well, and while he escaped orthodox beliefs with little apology, he wrote well and often of a universal view of the power of deity through attention to nature.

You can find more art quotes by John Muir at Robert Genn’s Painter’s Keys.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Oct 02, 2009 @ 08:22:03

    I love this. I like it when you do the natural shapes of grasses and flowers and ferns up close. On this one, you planted a little guy in the middle.


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 02, 2009 @ 08:41:04

      Thanks, Leslie! This started out with the frog as my focus, then I got all involved in my made up grasses & leaves. Negative painting just kinda carries me away.


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