The Atlas Of Dreams - Color Plate 101 by Richard Maier

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Even though (or maybe because) the air seems thick with spirits, this is still an amazing sunset somewhere in the American Southwest.

Every so often, you do something really right, and this is one of those occurrences. While I did spend several hours on the first version of this image, I usually do several revised versions before I’m happy with an image. On this image, I loved the first print that came out and I never saw any way of improving it. I love the way the colors are placed turns this into a sunset, I love the deep neutral black tones in the foreground, and I love the way the mesas dissolve in the colored sky. This image also reminds me of Charles de Lint’s short story, “Where Desert Spirits Crowd the Night”, which features Coyote and Kokopelli in red rock county.

“Color Plate 101” combines a 19th century engraving from a Dover collection with two “spin art paintings” created by my father, Gus Maier.

“The Atlas Of Dreams” is an ongoing project started in 1999. Each plate is composed of several different images combined to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Source images include historic engravings, NASA photos of space and the Earth’s surface, abstract images, the artwork of my father: Gus Maier, and of course my own artwork – recycled and reused. Watch out for stray butterflies, fish, snakes, and other animals…


abstract, landscape, river, swirl, water, desert, cactus, cacti, bluff, mesa, monument, hoodoo, sunset, sunrise, glow, southwest, utah, arizona, stream, red, orange, purple, america, spirit, flow, engraving

Digital artist since 1993.

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 3 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading the information provided with this unique work of art! Intriguing!

  • Thanks Angie! I try to make my descriptions interesting. Glad you liked it.

    – Richard Maier

  • Sarah Vernon
    Sarah Vernonabout 3 years ago

    Intriguing and beautiful!

  • Thank you Tilly!

    – Richard Maier

  • Ilse
    Ilseabout 3 years ago

    Amazing! absolutely love it!

  • Thanks Ilse! I’m so glad you like it!

    – Richard Maier

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerover 2 years ago

    amazing art work Richard

  • Thanks Solomon!

    – Richard Maier

  • Suzanne  Carter
    Suzanne Carterover 1 year ago

    Wonderful art Richard.

  • Thanks so much Suzanne!

    – Richard Maier

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