My point of view about participating with Mary Lou on this blog stems from my conviction that we are all artists at heart with something meaningful to contribute to the world. Photo: “The Universe Conspires,” ©2012 Alex Mitchell
To get a good idea of Mary Lou’s passion for art and commitment to her community in Salem, visit her blog: http://www.marylouzeekgallery.blogspot.com. There is a wonderful story up right now about her son Adam who is helping preserve Salvation Mountain in Niland, California. Photo: ©Josh McNair, http://californiathroughmylens.com/2011/08/salvation-mountain-photos-and-stories-from-a-truly-unique-mountain.
“Leonard Knight (b.1935) decided to build a monument to God on a desert ridge (in 1986)… Carving and moulding the surface, using thousands of gallons of donated paint, he covered hundreds of meters of the ridge with evangelical messages and decorations. “God Is Love” flourished amidst fields of flowers and cascading waterfalls. After three years work the mountain collapsed, but instead of quitting, Knight learned from his mistakes, switched from using heavy concrete to lighter adobe to shape the mountain, and started over again…”
- Excerpt from “Fantasy Worlds,” ©2007 Taschen GmbH, text by John Maizels.
I’m a fan of outsider art myself, so I knew about Salvation Mountain from my books. Within the category of outsider art, this creation is termed a “visionary environment.” And truly, Leonard Knight had a vision that impassioned him to dedicate his life’s work to its fulfillment. Photo: ©Josh McNair, http://californiathroughmylens.com/2011/08/salvation-mountain-photos-and-stories-from-a-truly-unique-mountain.
Here is the way the scroll turned out after Mary Lou doodled in the white spaces I left for her! See Post 10 to compare. Scroll pic 1 of 3,
scroll pic 2 of 3,
and scroll pic 3 of 3.
Read about Mary Lou’s visit to Salvation Mountain and Adam’s efforts on her blog. Here’s a photo of the both of them. It is clear that Mary Lou has passed on her passion for and perseverance in the arts. http://www.marylouzeekgallery.blogspot.com. Photo: ©Mary Lou Zeek Gallery
I had fun painting the interior of Mary Lou’s box! She had started by outlining a few shapes in pen and I took it from there. I hope she likes it!
Mary Lou’s drawings on her scroll made me very happy. It looks to me like the blossoms of a dream being harvested… the result of believing, striving, and keeping the faith.