Teton Pass

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
– Carlos Castaneda

Teton Pass – 6″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie

I have a terrible fear of heights.  When I was driving back from Driggs, Idaho to Jackson Hole, Wyoming across the Teton Pass, I pulled over and took a picture of this view.  I stepped way closer to the edge than I was comfortable with, in order to get some good painting references.  Isn’t it funny what we’ll do for the sake of our art?

Of course, you could NOT get me to make that drive in the winter… EVER!  😀  Check out the link on Teton Pass above to see what I’m talking about.

About Carlos Castaneda

Carlos Castaneda, the Peruvian-born new age writer, is known for his book series about his apprenticeship with Don Juan Matus, the Toltec shaman, including A Separate Reality and Journey to Ixtlan. The books are about the nature of perception and include many hallucinatory experiences. It is unknown how much of his writing was factual. He wrote the first three books as an anthropology student at UCLA, and they quickly gained cult success. He was born in 1925 and died in 1998.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    Nov 12, 2011 @ 09:20:13

    I love the composition and the colors. I, too, would never drive over Teton Pass in the winter. That looks crazy scary.


    • Beth Parker
      Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:01:18

      Thanks, Carol! When I was a kid, we lived in those kind of places. I was the screaming kid on the floorboard in the back seat… “We’re gonna die!” he he 😀


  2. lesliepaints
    Nov 09, 2011 @ 13:31:37

    I love it that the variations in the greens lead to the depth in this painting, Beth. Very innovative, I think. Grabs me from the “get-go”.
    What is it with all the earthquakes for you out there? Have they related it to anything? Stay safe!


    • Beth Parker
      Nov 09, 2011 @ 14:14:20

      Thanks, Leslie! I wanted to pizazz it up somehow with color, but maybe another day. I don’t know what is going on with earthquakes, but it’s Oklahoma and I have never lived anywhere stranger. 😀


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