A Conservation Legacy

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
–John Muir

Above: Windows, Muir House, 10 x 8" Below: Muir House, 10 x 8" © 2009 Marianne Post

Above: Windows, Muir House, 10 x 8" Below: Muir House, 10 x 8" © 2009 Marianne Post

The past two Friday mornings have found our plein air group painting in the Northern California town of Martinez. Specifically we set up on the grounds of the home of naturalist, John Muir (1838-1914). Born in Scotland, Muir immigrated to a Wisconsin farm with his family when he was just a year old. He grew up with respect for the land and later in his life he was inspired by the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. In 1867, he left home to walk 1000 miles along the mountains of Kentucky, and Tennessee. He continued his way through Georgia and Florida before he ended in California. Muir’s love for the outdoors ultimately led to the creation of a number of national parks, including my perennial favorite, Yosemite. He kept journals of his experiences and his own writings changed the way American’s thought about wilderness.

And while our plein air group hasn’t trekked into the wilderness to paint, the honor to be on the grounds of such a monumental advocate for the great outdoors was inspiring. It made me appreciate on a different level the glory and beauty of painting plein air. How fortunate to be an artist and experience nature at its finest.


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2 Responses to “A Conservation Legacy”

  1. Claire M Says:

    I had fun visiting your website and reading your latest entry about John Muir. It was fun to read your historical notes about him. We are very fortunate that people ahead of us thought to set aside some gorgeous country for us to enjoy in years ahead. I found it very interesting to read about your visit to his home in Northern California and to see your paintings of it. Thanks for sharing.

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