Sunrise. It’s the beginning of a brand new day. It marks new beginnings every day.
Life On The Mississippi: Mark Twain’s Lament
At 18 years old, I’m certain I also did not know the imaginable dream of color found as the summer sun rose to paint on the magnificent Mississippi River.
Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) lived one summer in Muscatine, Iowa in the early 1850’s and likely frequented the storefront where Sunrise River Gallery sits today. (our building was built in 1890) When 18 years old, Sam Clemens began working briefly as a correspondent for the Muscatine Journal Newspaper owned by his brother Orion Clemens. Years later, Mark Twain published a memoir of his youthful years as a cub pilot on a steamboat on the Mississippi River, Life on the Mississippi.
“And I remember Muscatine–still more pleasantly–for its summer sunsets.
I have never seen any, on either side of the ocean, that equaled them.
They used the broad smooth river as a canvas, and painted on it every
imaginable dream of color, from the mottled daintinesses and delicacies
of the opal, all the way up, through cumulative intensities, to blinding
purple and crimson conflagrations which were enchanting to the eye,
but sharply tried it at the same time. All the Upper Mississippi
region has these extraordinary sunsets as a familiar spectacle.
It is the true Sunset Land: I am sure no other country can show so good
a right to the name. The sunrises are also said to be exceedingly fine.
I do not know.” ~Mark Twain, Life On The Mississsippi Chapter 57
The true beauty in a sunrise is that it happens every day … and it’s different every day!
For this guy, many years past the age of 18 … the painter of the sunrise shown here … the daily sunrise inspires me to start fresh each day. To accept and embrace whatever the new day brings. After decades of choosing my own way in life (about three decades worth of not painting), I’ve come to know the only way I can successfully traverse this journey is by following His divine guidance. And for me, the last year and a half has been one incredible, uplifting journey.
I began painting again in order to celebrate the new beginning of Zach and Hailey together in marriage. Since then, He has guided me to create over 2 dozen paintings (including On the Wings of Dawn) and we’ve opened an art gallery aptly named, Sunrise River Gallery. Soon, we will inaugurate the First Light Corridor at Sunrise River Gallery where we will feature fresh, up-and-coming artists as well as local student artists.
Stay tuned and watch for our upcoming shows. February at Sunrise River Gallery will feature Lee White, a brilliant, young painter who is finishing is Master of Fine Art at the University of Iowa. In March we will host an exhibit from students in the Muscatine High School Art Club.
Until the sun rises tomorrow.
originally posted Jan. 22, 2017