up til now my town and the towns nearby have been spared the WalMart intrusion
... up til now ...
yesterday's watercolor sketch is from a vacant lot in Monroe WA
the site of
The New WalMart To Be
it's a typical vacant lot
gravel, weeds, unnaturally flat, curbs installed, driveway entrances to nowhere
waiting to become
but it is bordered by the loveliest forest of lodgepole pines
it is heartbreaking to know there will be an enormous concrete box here
my first painting is in a more realistic, impressionistic style
for some reason I became increasingly depressed as I painted
knowing the site is slated to become concealed in concrete
the second painting, I recalled the aboriginal style of australia
as I painted in dots and dashes I felt a rebellious sort of happiness
... knowing the power of roots to break concrete to rubble ...