This is actually the first in the series on Hwy 82. I nearly drove off the road seeing a young woman dressed in what appeared to be early 19th century clothing. She is part of a Christian sect up here and I left out her face to respect her privacy. This was a common technique used by van Gogh. Although he is well known for his portraits, figures were briefly sketched in with paint to provide perspective in his landscapes. I have always liked the anonymnity and timelessness it gives his work. On the opposite side, hidden in the trees, is a Gaan. Gaan are Apache spirit dancers, called to be the 'middlemen' between the tribe and Great Spirit. The hawk is a messenger symbol, and was actually there when I was painting. At this point, with a ten year drought, I think they are being called upon to bring rain. It has been successful, as we have had a wonderful year of it and there is nothing more beautiful than the desert in bloom.
This little valley is full of apple and cherry orchards, a delicate eco system and part of the tiny village High Rolls. My family has picked apples and cherries here for decades.
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