Thursday, September 8, 2011

Art: by Charlotte

Near the beginning of August, I was fortunate to spend the weekend with my family at the farmstead where my mother grew up. My aunt owns the property and was generous enough to allow us to stay.

It happened to be a full moon that weekend and on Saturday, I walked to the upper house with my parents to watch the moon come up over the Tetons. It just so happened that moonrise coincided with sunset and the sunset that night was a brilliant red. As we reached the upper house, we could turn east and see the tranquil moon rise up from behind the majestic Tetons. It was a lovely pale golden while the sky was a soft blue with a few clouds. To the west were the Sawtooth Mountains silhouetted against the radiant red sky. Both views were dazzling and an astounding contrast. For me, it was a reminder of how lucky we are to live in such an amazing world. It also seemed to be an apt depiction of our lives. Our lives are often full of similar contrasts. Like the fiery sunset, we have challenges in our lives. They can seem frightening and ominous yet they hold such beauty in the lessons we learn in overcoming them. Meanwhile, like the peaceful moonrise, we always have the peace and comfort of the love of our Heavenly Father. What a gift the Lord has given us!

I have thought back to that view many times in the last several weeks. It has brought me such peace and comfort. Unfortunately, none of us thought to bring a camera so I can't share any pictures. But not to worry! I spent many hours recreating the scene in another medium. I hope you will appreciate them.

My son says I should apply for the art teacher's job at his school if the current teacher ever quits.


Jill W said...

Those aren't photos? I totally thought they were! So realistic! ;-)

The Davies Family said...

Love the artwork Charlotte! And yes, you should totally apply to be the art teacher :)
Thanks for sharing such a lovely moment with us.

Karen said...

Beautifully written.

Lotte said...

Jill - I know, right?!?!
Alexis - It took me like three hours to finish the shading on the upper peaks. It's probably the best drawing I've ever done.
Karen - thanks, lady!