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Topic: Light and Dark (05/21/09)
By Rachel Burkum
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The paintbrush embarks on a journey across the textured surface, spreading night from east to west. Back to the paint and again to the canvas, it is at its master’s mercy.
Caught in a swift but brief storm, the brush transforms water into a murky pool. But its bristles will not stay clean for long. It is returned to the palette to join with a different color...a shade diverse and fresh.
Yellow and white create the essence of light, shattering the night so recently brought into existence. A shimmering sign of hope, the newly presented strokes cast the darkness aside. It is daylight bringing on the dawn.
The artist is far from done as he mixes the colors with a creative eye. The brush is but an extension of his hand, without mistake, without guilt of blemishing his work.
Greens, browns, golds and reds are spread upon the scene. With each new touch comes new life and new birth - images hidden in the vastness of space are now revealed. Depth is mastered with shadows and hues. Figures take shape with highlights and curves.
Each detail is precisely positioned - each expression captured within the strokes. It is real. It is life.
And when the paintbrush is finally set aside, the artist wipes his hands. He looks upon his masterpiece, approval in his gaze. Every feature of every part is held in balance by a love for this creation.
A smile creases his lips and his nod is one of satisfaction. It was very good.
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