Hillside Facing the Sun by John Fish

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“Climb if you must. But be prepared to fall down.” The old man’s voice shattered the daydreams the flowed through Ben’s young brain.
He ignored the comment and jogged up the deserted path toward the steep hillside ahead. Halfway up he stopped to enjoy the view. The colors of nature swept over him. The warm air blew the odors of sage and wild fennel and pine across his face which was flooded with sunlight.
He thought for a moment that this was where he wanted to be. From this point he could view the beauty of the scene completely. When he reached his destination, he would be looking back at where he had been as well as the other side. But he would not be able to enjoy the mountain silhouetted against the brilliant sun.
He ignored the thought and continued upward. He had to get to the top.

John Fish is a Los Angeles artist who paints abstracts, landscapes and portraits with expressive painterly strokes and heavily textured surfaces. I explore the way space flows to entwine objects that have no boundaries.

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  • photojoey
    photojoeyabout 6 years ago

    remarkable story for an excellent visual concept. Joe

  • red addiction
    red addictionabout 6 years ago

    great job on the painting and I enjoyed your short story!

  • linskudd
    linskuddabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful painting and story. The smell of sage and fennel wafts gently towards me from summer – dreams of summer – as winter stalks the land. Excellent.

  • thanks for your comments. much appreciated. being in S. Calif., I forget that most of the country is still freezing cold. We’re in the 70’s here.

    – John Fish

  • Susan Grissom
    Susan Grissomabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful palette. love this composition,,,,

  • CarolM
    CarolMabout 6 years ago

    Your writing reminds me of life. We struggle to improve ourselves but every once in a while we fail have to get back up and keep climbing. Inspirational piece.

  • thanks so much Carol for your thoughtful comments

    – John Fish

  • walraji
    walrajiabout 6 years ago

    Awesome work, I like it.

  • butchart
    butchartabout 6 years ago

    and it looks like he flew to the sun once he reached the summit……. as always john… your work is beautiful……….b

  • John Fish
    John Fishabout 6 years ago

    thanks so much butch. I like that idea of flying to the sun

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamabout 6 years ago

    I can see him standing at the top, reveling in joy and in awe of the world spread out before him.

  • Alexandra Felgate
    Alexandra Felgateabout 6 years ago

    Great painting John, very atmospheric.

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