Yosemite

At Yosemite (mixed media on canvas, 2011)

We went to Yosemite and enjoyed the waterfalls, brilliantly powerful from last year’s rains and snowfall. The Merced was a rushing, roaring monster of a river. It was breathtaking. In a little grove inside the park I agonized over a plaque, a commemoration of the First Peoples. It told the story of the original inhabitants who were burned out of their home in the very spot where I stood. I took some photographs of the plaque so I could go home and do some research/further reading on the peoples and the subject. Ironically, they are part of the cache of deleted images that remains deleted from my computer files. Though in no way incriminating, these photographs stayed where I sent them, first in and then out of the Trash Can. Not so the other photographs that you find interspersed in my “Red Book Stories” posts.

I created an oil and acrylic painting of the very first stop that DSan and I made in Yosemite. It is our first view of the river [the Merced?] from a very high perch atop granite rocks. If you look carefully, you will see his profile along with a head in the clouds and also an emerging (or disappearing) face in the water below. Both head and face are substitutes for two women, his Europe woman and his California woman.

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Promise Breaker

Spectral figure

Him: I’ve been calling you. All morning.

She: I know.

Him: Are you okay?

She: I’m fine. You?

Him: I’m fine. You in the parking lot now?

She: I am.

Him: No matter where in the world I am, I am aware of where you are and what time zone you are in.

She: I know.

Him: I won’t let you do this.

She: It is already done.

Him: You are a coward. You cannot wait until I’m in the air to send me that email. You make that decision for both of us? I won’t let you. I won’t let you be an emotional martyr.

She: You don’t get a say in this, Nicholas.

Him: What if I want more too?

She: Selfish! And greedy. Greedy, selfish boy.

Him: I don’t know how yet, but I will figure out a way for us to be together.

She: False promises. We are on to false promises now.

Him: Did you take that exam yesterday?

She: No.

Him: Promise breaker!

She: It is none of your concern now, Nick. I am not your concern.

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