Look Down Through an Artists Eyes


Exploring around the Murie cabin I found a small fresh water stream to the south, below the bluff, that flowed over unusual rocks creating an interesting pattern as it twisted and braided pooling crystal clear here and there revealing wet cobblestones in various colors, some striped others flecked. I found many of these larger stones with smaller ones embedded and wondered if they became glued together from a hot molten mass or if it was once a sticky glob that picked up smaller pebbles like a lint roller as it tumbled down the drainage until it came to rest and dried hard. Mentally I made a note to study the geology of this region. But, for now I broke down what I saw into shapes, light and shadow, assigned values, and looked at it through the eyes of an artist.

Gail Niebrugge, Denali Artist-in-Residence

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