Autumn Symphony
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A slide taken in the Big Indian Gorge in October 1964 is the subject of this work on a 24 x 36 linen canvas. Unless one was at the spot, he would hardly believe the deep blue color of the water was genuine. A combination of high altitude, thin air, glacial melt streams, and dark rocks create this blue mirror. Flaming cottonwoods flank the river on both sides, giving way in dryer extremities to golden aspen groves and sage brush. One can almost hear the symphony in the stream as it brooks the stones of the river bed during the Autumn stillness. It was signed in the lower left and dated "73." Painted at Ina's Blue River home, it never was shown in public before being purchased by Earl Gibbs, a preacher in Springfield, on April 25, 1973. The current owner purchased the painting from Mr. Gibb through the Favell Museum of Western Art and Artifacts in 1992.