I have thought about this piece so much that I am not sure what to say about it anymore. This month's photo is beautiful but not something that would normally hold my interest. I did catch on to her (Nellie's) mention of the geological layers. The "earthy" colors attracted me as well and with the layers and the colors in mind, I got to thinking. I chose a more macro view of things; layers of meaning, experience, time, and history all shared by the people that had created the park and visited the area over the years were ideas that I concentrated on. Since it would have been impossible to represent all of that, I extracted out a set of imagined children and represented them in silhouette, at play. At the same time, I was listening to Paul Simon on my iPod. His song Spirit Voices really helped to spark my concept and really got me to thinking about all of those who have come before us and who will come after us.
My thoughts then turned to achieving something that was layered. It seems very natural to focus on the strata of the side of the hill but because I am me, I chose to represent the layers in a different way. I layered paint, used lighter values in the back ground, and made the children a little darker. I omitted the children's' exact features-eyes, hands, and any broader details. To me, the pseudo silhouettes are just the beginning of something. People recognize shapes first before they start to identify details. The details are "layered" on to your brain somehow so that you form an entire picture of what you are looking at. I did sort of stick to layering the colors that I saw in the photo but they do overlap each other.
I am aware that the piece looks very simple and sparse, perhaps unfinished. Getting everything I felt from looking at this piece is just not possible. From my end though, this suits my idea of that slice of earth. It is ever changing and unfinished; it doesn't look like much until you start thinking about it.