Lucy Dickens - "Living Waters"

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Artist: Lucy Dickens
Title: Living Waters
Medium: oils
Dimensions: 24"h x 30"w

As I am heading out to my studio to put the final touches on my latest painting, a scene along the Little Colorado River in Greer Arizona, the newscaster’s voice stops me dead in my tracks. A special news alert: the historic Greer Lodge has burned to the ground this morning. What?! Did I hear this right, how can this be? Shock and disbelief consume me. What a terrible loss, so much history gone and the Lodge was such a landmark in this picturesque hilltop town. Thankfully no one was hurt and the surrounding cabins are intact, the fire spread no further the winds had died down. To all those affected by this fire I offer my humble respects to each of you. Greer is such a beautiful little village nestled in the heart of theWhite Mountains at an altitude of 8500 feet. Every season is a delightful and natural paradise from the green meadows and purple iris of spring, the refreshing mountain air and mild temperatures of summer, to the fiery leaves ofAspen dancing in the fall breeze and a magical winter playground. Through all of this winds the God given mighty waters of the Little Colorado River. The West Fork originates from springs at the top of Mount Baldy and flows North through Greer eventually meandering its way to the Grand Canyon. Surrounding the river are lush forests, wildflowers and abundant wildlife as the crystal clear waters cascade through and over rocks forming beautiful waterfalls along the way. I was taken by this river, the life of it, during numerous adventures to Greer. We have visited in all seasons and love spending time exploring and hanging out with some of our very best friends that own a cabin retreat along the river. My newest painting evolved from a Christmas trip with my family when we rented a cabin nearby and set out to explore the river, camera in hand. The photos that inspired this painting were taken not far from the historic Greer Lodge. As I stood here on the bank I reflected on a book I am reading, one about living in a state of thankfulness, no matter the circumstances around you. Look for the gifts and blessings that surround you each day. Wherever you are, be all there. Today, I am all here, so thankful for the gift of standing on this bank, watching the sun filter through the trees and glisten on the snow. I listen to birdsong and the rushing of the water overs the rocks and give thanks once again. May the waters of the river bless you and saturate your soul with faith, hope, love, and peace. A thank you to Allan Johnson of Molly Butlers and Ginny Smith for their history and words of inspiration about Greer.