I am not aware when I developed a love for cemeteries. Perhaps it is due to my early proximity to a beautiful cemetery close to the banks of the Jordan in my childhood Kibbutz Deganya Aleph. Or it could be from my insatiable interest and work in genealogy and family history.
Regardless, cemeteries not only fascinate me, but also ground me spiritually. Which is why I was so delighted to find when scouting for a painting location, to find Pleasant View Cemetary!
From their website: "Pleasant View Cemetery is an active historic cemetery, continuing to serve families from the Wilsonville/Sherwood area. This historic pioneer cemetery is the fourth largest historic cemetery in Clackamas County. It was established between Wilsonville and Sherwood in the 1850's during the nation-wide rural cemetery movement, sometimes also known as the cemetery-on-the-hill movement that sited cemeteries in view locations outside of towns. Part of the philosophy behind the movement was the belief that the soul could better find its way to God, if the final resting place was in a natural setting, removed from the earthly trappings of human development."
I didn't know any of that when my friend and I pulled into this lovely quiet spot to paint the early autumn view. All I knew was that I felt completely in my element. No passers bye. No noise from traffic. Just me, my paints, a great friend, a beautiful view, and the resting pioneers that settled this land.
I chose to express the scene with a less-is-more approach. Two colors plus black and white. The painting celebrates the resting places and pleasant views in all our lives. The earthy palette and minimal rendering evokes a feeling of peace and permanence in the face of constant change. ~Tali
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