Saturday, December 03, 2016

"Adventuring Amidst Naive Artistry..."

After gathering, preparing, and designing upon stony dimensions for so long. Then painting, coating, and eventually anonymously placing the Summit Stones for many years now, I find myself pondering again about the innocent nature of 'naive art'.
Not only do I see myself as an ordinary adventurer, I also perceive such artistic muses to be available to us all as many adventurers are artists and poets.
Naive artists are seen to be of simple origins.
That resonates well with me because as the National Museum of Naive Art presents: "The vast majority of so-called 'naive artists' are self-taught, and come from humble backgrounds. They often choose to remain anonymous... Their works are the products of instinct, spontaneity and experience, a reflection of very personal sensitivities. They claim no affiliation with any artistic theory or influence. Each one of these artists invents their own means of expression". 
They say further: "Naive Art possesses a characteristic innocence and sincerity of vision. With its bright colors, flattened perspective and sometimes unskilled brushstrokes. But hidden behind this apparent candor resides elaborate technical and optical conventions, conscious stylisation and visual harmony. The simplification found in the genre is more often a means of pushing to the limits the boundaries of figuration and thus creating a more powerful, very direct visual and emotional impact".
ArtHistoryGuide.Com describes Naive Art or 'Outsider Art' as: "Representing memories, dreams, fantasies and scenes from life with an emphasis on color and shapes. 'Naive' is often associated with Folk Art."
The Gallery of International Naive Art also shares some perspectives on these modest artistic efforts in seeing that: "Whatever our association with the term 'naive art', one is struck with the near universal appeal of this exhilarating art form. Perhaps the appeal stems from the celestial, joy-inspiring palette of colors chosen by naive artists to portray their subjects. Maybe it is the genre's simplicity. Or could it be the timeless nature of the subject matter, reminding us of opportunities missed, of wondrous roads less traveled. The naive artist - often self-taught - treats us to a uniquely literal, yet extremely personal and coherent vision of what the world was, is or should be".
A well known Brazilian naive artist, J. Ardies, sees the naive artist themselves as believing: "That the magic of Art may help man to turn to the simpler things of life".
Painting upon these small rocks is only an attempt to express ideas about the elements of nature, of adventure, and of meaning, inspiration & motivation.
This painted stone endeavor is only a simple effort too that hopefully may invite ripples of reflection on giving back within our adventures, and upon passing forward about wild places...".   DSD  

Friday, December 02, 2016

"The Wild Is Where You Find It..."

"The wild is where you find it.
Not in some distant world relegated to a nostalgic past or an idealized future; its presence is not black or white, bad or good, corrupted or innocent... 
We are of that nature, not apart from it.
We survive because of it; not instead of it...".   R. Askins

Thursday, December 01, 2016

"Thank You....."

Thank you once more my Friends for allowing your so wonderful inspiring images to be shared here!
My intention with including such images & pictures of beauty and awe, is in support of all the links on my blog under 'Giving Back & Passing Forward'. 
There will never be anything commercial about these musings. 
I have always acknowledged that the vast majority of the images shared here were not created by me, as I am not talented in that way. Many have been sent to me or have been suggestions provided by fellow adventurers, so I am unable many times to give specific acknowledgements unfortunately. In my enthusiasm about your artistry I can also be forgetful when saving them, to record their origin at that time.
If I can make amends for this it will always occur as best I can right when such images are posted. 
I promise that I will also certainly acknowledge others work if you let me know as well, and then I will immediately attribute creative efforts where they clearly belong. 
It is with deep appreciation that your sharing images in this way is felt in support of those who are Adventuring For Another Reason . My whole adventure blog speaks to these initiatives.
You have such amazing pictures, and resonating metaphors within them, reflecting these links who give back and pass forward with their ongoing enduring efforts. 
Please forgive my grey haired forgetfulness in not always following proper internet protocol when it comes to such things. I am a late bloomer in the blogging and social media worlds.
Please also accept my sincere gratitude for your sharing and understanding in allowing for such support of the links here.
Thank you all so very, very much!      DSD    

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"This Mysterious Life..."

"More and more,
this mysterious life comes together.
It may takes years to reveal the whole.
That's all right.
I'm prepared to go the distance.
Then with each step upon the path.
Certainty rings from peak to peak...".    D. Ming-Dao

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"Messner's Own Questions & Answers..."

"The state of being active within life activates the fundamental questions of life...
But when I am up on a mountain, I rarely question what I am doing or why I am there. The climbing, the concentration, the struggle... those are the answers - because those are the basic purposes of life. In effect, I become my own answer." R. Messner

The nature of musing on such questions and answers seems to be a theme we all share as mountaineers... 

Monday, November 28, 2016

"A Further Compass..."

"Most Times,
the worst of situations,
can become a compass,
to the best of situations...". 
I. Izuakor

Sunday, November 27, 2016

"Questions Only Moments Upon A Mountain Will Answer..."

That adventure day, I went back yet once more, as it seemed to echo out that there were questions only a mountain could answer.
It felt then that I simply had to return. 
I very much chose to go back, on a long solo climb, to a summit so very challenging for me. 
It had become clear that there were more things to ponder over. Other inquiries lingering in my mind. Some elusive musings yet to be grasped.
Much is called into question during our time away amidst such high place quests, and always within the far off wild places themselves. These are evidently real objectives for each of us, that most times also hold hidden gifts for both our wandering bodies and minds as well. 
We adventurers cross over so much terrain. Not just out there, but also with regards to the many truths we all ask about. Then we gaze towards the depths of understandings we each hope to eventually know.
We insight seeking creatures are both physical and spirited beings.
That is how we are made it seems.
So, on such adventure days of searching out, amidst our enduring curiosities and wild studies, when wanting to elicit a creative solution of some kind - it is time to return.
As there are some questions only moments upon a mountain will answer.
We all share in such wonderfully powerful, perpetual, wanderings towards our distant insights don't we my friends.....     DSD