Moss Maid

41" x 58", acrylic on heavy canvas, curtain rod


While hiking in the Smoky Mountains in December 2013, I was struck by the persistent moss that covered the boulders and trees and dotted the forest floor. The bright green sparkled like banks of chartreuse jewels and held a special fascination for me. The moss, lichen, rocks, water, and mystical mountains became the subject for a number of paintings featured below.




Seeping Water Woman

72" x 57", acrylic on heavy canvas, curtain rod.



This is a very large painting, the moss covered boulders of the Smokies, forming a gigantic feminine landscape. She juts towards the sky and roots deep underground, simultaneously. She cradles the rock which she is also composed of. Her hand is outstretched to the curling water symbol that, like her, is an element of both worlds.






The artist, surrounded by wet slick stone, soaking up inspiration in the winter landscape, Smoky Mountains.







Rainbow Waterfall Woman

72" x 57", acrylic on heavy canvas, curtain rod, 2013


Rainbow Waterfalls is the name of one of the Smoky Mountain trails, easily accessible in the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It is exquisite, with its rushing downhill stream and many boulders and mossy cobblestones. Together, with the wooded landscape, one feels embraced by a garden of earthly delights.







Ms. Pink Rivulet

51" x 44", acrylic on heavy canvas, curtain rod, 2013



If you ever travel to the Smoky Mountains, stay long enough for a heavy downpour. The water rushes into the veiny gorges between mountains forming impromptu water falls and cascading streams, colored rusty red from the iron rich soil. Ms. Pink Rivulet capures this image with her bubbly enthusiasm, the pinkish stream serving as her umbilical cord, while giant drops of rain pelt her.





Ms. Falling Rock

50" x 33", acrylic on heavy canvas, curtain rod, 2013


Driving through the winding highways that traverse the Smoky Mountains, you will notice right away that the ridges are blasted in two, forming solid rock walls, with smooth precision, like sky scrapers towering above. Signs warn of "Falling Rock". You may see the remnants of these events, boulders released from the sheered mountain, their planes pristine in color compared to the patinaed facade they were freed from. They lay restful, in patterns that may delight the eye, especially if the road crew has already bulldozed them from your path. It is best you do not have to drive between the aftermath and better still you do not witness the tumble at all! Of three lanes available, and the ever infrequent run-a-way truck ramp, there is no feasable place to be safe. Ms. Falling Rock wishes to protect you from her wrath, as this painting avers, and yet she too is powerless in the face of gravity. Her compensation is too hold the tumble as long as possible, not willing to let her body fail too often or too lethally.






Stormy Rivulet Woman

50" x 60", acrylic on heavy canvas, curtain rod, 2013


Traveling through the Smoky Mountains on a very stormy Winter day, with rain pouring in violent sheets, waterfalls appear suddenly in the crevices that join hills and mountains. These flash falls are a salmon- pink color, tinted by the reddish earth, as they rapidly bound down the hills into the streams and ultimately the river that winds through this mysterious, magical, and dangerous land.





The artist, Lea Atiq, inspecting moss in Central Florida. A winter coat and hat, you ask? Well, yes, Central Florida has seasons and winter can be very cool, with a damp, bone-chilling cold. Moss is such a resilient plant, even in the northern zones it will persist through winter.



Mostly moss but what a lovely green; a golf course cannnot compete with thee!



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