Friday, March 7, 2008

The Road Home

On Rim of the World Highway, there's a huge old sugar pine that has been topped by lightning/wind/fire. It sit's below Strawberry Peak and is local landmark for locals and 'flat landers' alike. I like the tree because it has an almost bonsai feel to it and it clings to a fairly steep drop off. It just feels like the essence of preseverance and stability because the Old Fire burnt everything around it, but could not manage to burn this tree.

I'm sure I'll re-visit this subject, but for now, it was printed on Stonehenge watercolor paper with akua brown oxide ink. Carved from a 6x8 blocl of linoleum.


Lesa said...

Ok - 2nd time writing this. LOL. Magnificent print. Great depth. I am always drawn in by the beauty and your narrative.

VanDerHoekArt said...

Hi Curtis,

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. It's especially meaningful coming from someone as talented as yourself! I've always admired linocut prints. It is a huge challenge rendering the landscape using only light and dark/positive and negative shapes.

Funny you mentioned you're in Arrowhead. I grew up in Big Bear. Rim of the World High was our big rival. I hope you weren't affected by the fire a few years ago.

O.K. this is a long post so I'll stop now. Thanks again!

Kim H. said...

I have to say..I LOVE THIS PIECE! It is gorgeous with the line that draw your eye around the road! Thank you so much :) I think after my visit I need to move! I loved it in California!