C&T Publications 50 States of Art - 2015 - Page 54

Elizabeth Winter – Nebraska We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields, and we ask that they teach us and show us the way. - Chinook Indian Blessing I am a self taught photographer. I always had a love for photography growing up, but didn't have a camera. My husband bought me my first camera to take pictures of the kids and I soon became fascinated with learning photography. Living in the Midwest we don't have mountains or oceans or a lot of famous landmarks, so my goal is to capture nature's beauty for others to see. Website: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/elizabeth-winter.html Here is my piece. It is called Morning Reflections. Attached is Morning Reflections. This artwork is one of my favorites as it shows my fascination with lake effect fog and its wonderful and mysterious beauty. Quick Notes: “Ancient traditions have long associated holy wells and springs as very special places of the Goddess or anima mundi: symbolic of the Great Mother and associated with birth, the feminine principle, the universal womb, the prima materia, the waters of fertility and refreshment and the fountain of life. The dreaming sites, as they are called, have also been associated with visions, healing, and other paranormal experiences. In ancient Greece, for example, there were more than three-hundred medical centers placed at water sources, where patients experienced healing.” - Christopher and Tricia McDowell, The Sanctuary Garden, 1998 “I have left almost to the last the magic of water, an element which owing to its changefulness of form and mood and colour and to the vast range of its effects is ever the principal source of landscape beauty, and has like music a mysterious influence over the mind”. - Sir George Sitwell, On the Making of Gardens, 1909 “Rivers are magnets for the imagination, for conscious pondering and subconscious dreams, thrills, fears. People stare into the moving water, captivated, as they are when gazing into a fire. What is it that draws and holds us? The rivers' reflections of our lives and experiences are endless . . .” - Tim Palmer, Lifelines 49