Summer Vacation in my Moleskine journal – Part 2
and the Power of a Symbol
I listed the points of our journey on the left side of the page. I tried to get the idea of heat from the colors and sun ray shapes. On the right side I drew a little map of our stops and filled the center with shapes of rock art we saw at the Edge of the Cedars museum and excavation. It was a great little find and well worth the $5 entry fee. Here is Keith, a momentary installation in the sculpture garden there.
It was soooo very hot our eyeballs almost blew out! Seriously, after a walk to a viewpoint in the Natural Bridges National Monument, we each had a blood vessel pop in the white of our left eyes. 107 degrees = non-hiking weather! A big driving day, and being in the air conditioned car was a relief.
A climb down a branch ladder into a kiva excavation at The Edge of the Cedars showed us how people lived. It was cool and livable down in the meeting area under the ground. We also visited the Gooseneck State Park. It was interesting, but in the heat, not that impressive.
Lesson – The Power of a Symbol
The lesson today that impressed me was how powerful symbols are to us humans. In the rock art, symbols are preserved from hundreds of years ago. Some of the meaning is a mystery to us now, but others communicate what the life and culture was like for the ancient people that lived in the area. Even doodling on dishware was preserved, and is valued. Who knows what will be valued from our culture in hundreds of years and what it will communicate?
In looking at the petroglyphs I noticed the same symbol could have different meanings to different people. For example, a spiral shape meant water to one tribe, and to another tribe it meant migration. I think this is good to remember, that different symbols we use can have different meanings, therefore we should not be quick to judge someone else’s use of a symbol.
Another evidence of the power of a symbol is that we drove 120 miles out of our way to stand on and take a photo of a symbol, the only place in the united states where for states come together: Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. We stood in line at Four Corners to take a photo over a metal plaque that was so hot it could’ve fried an egg. The marker with two words in each state section says: “Four states here meet in freedom under God.”
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- Koi Water Colors Pocket Field Sketch Box, by Sakura (It comes with one Medium/small tip waterbrush)
- Yasutomo Niji Waterbrush, Small
- Prismacolor pencil sharpener
- Kneaded eraser
- White eraser (The one in the link below is not the one in the photo, but I have used it and it works well)
- 2 HB pencils
- Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens: size XS, S and C (Calligraphy) Note: I did have a Sharpie no-bleed pen on hand, but if the Faber-Castell Pitt fineliner pen set is purchased (a better deal in the link below), the Sharpie is not needed.
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