Sunday, June 23, 2013

Grand Canyon Last Year and June 16th 2013

Sunrise Grand Canyon (oil on canvas) 48" x 72" © Melinda Esparza
All weekend I've been remembering and reliving the gift of being an artist-in-residence at the Grand Canyon last year. I was there from June 21st through July 15th, 2012.

Twenty-five days. Twenty-five thousand changes, epiphanies, and a renewal of insight followed. I was able after that experience to finish (finally!) the painting of the Grand Canyon that I'd started in 2003-04.

On June 16th, I delivered the painting to its new home. Yes...SOLD!

I knew in January that this year might be like another one similar to the one ten years ago--full of challenges, embellished by tragedy and a few great blessings. I was not wrong.

Having the Grand Canyon sold is to me miraculous. The couple who bought it have waited for its completion for about two years. When the painting hung on their wall for the first time last week, we all gasped at the rightness of it on their wall. It was as though I'd been commissioned to paint it just for them, and just for that space. Maybe that is so.

The real world always bests the virtual, so I am not online as much. Yet, I think of all my old artist friends and wish every success to you all.