Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Google Earth Trip

Krakauer does a superb job of creating reality in his imagery throughout his novel Into the Wild; however, the Google Earth trip that followed McCandless's adventure was truly beneficial. To see the different sites that McCandless had been through made my visualizations a reality. Also, the picture brought an eerie feeling to me to see the actually places that brought death upon McCandless. I was shocked to see the Alaskan terrain in the photographs; there was so much snow and tundra that I cannot see how any person would be able to overcome the dangers of the terrain. McCandless managed pretty well in the wilderness and this Google Earth trip gave me a greater appreciation for his abilities.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I Now Walk Into the Wild

I painted a landscape inspired by the true view from Stampede Trail and Chris's last letter to Wayne Westerburg. In the letter to Wayne, Chris ended with "I walk into the wild" (pg.63). Such a strong phrase appealed to me as an inspiration for such a landscape. l used nuetral, natural tones to give an organic feel to the painting; however, the main use of the color pallet was to bring out Mt.McKinley in the background. The compositional format that l utilized was the golden spiral. This format uses proportions that appeal naturally to the eye through the shape of a spiral. Through my acrylic painting, I hope to depict the attractive beauty that such a dangerous place can perspire.