Earth Day and the Parasitic Painter (a morality tale)

srb-salmon river

Snake River Basin: Salmon River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300lb. paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis

Once upon a time (and space) there was an unfolding and expanding universe. Among its seemingly countless galaxies is our Milky Way galaxy. Within the Milky Way galaxy are seemingly countless stars, one of which is our own sun. In the debris that circles that sun is rock called the Earth. On that rock has evolved seemingly countless life forms, one of which is a robust parasite called human beings.

There is a beautiful spot on that planet called the Snake River Basin. In one of the Snake River’s many valleys, near the Boise River, one of the Snake’s seemingly countless tributaries, there lives a parasitic painter called Mark McGinnis. Being new to the region the painter decided to explore the area and paint what he found. He found great geographic diversity: mountains, deserts, forests, rivers, lakes, streams, creeks and more. While the parasites had done some DAMage to the system it still maintained much of its beauty and life-giving bounty. The parasite painter hoped that his paintings might inspire others to preserve and maybe even, in time, restore this lovely area of the earth.

He was able to hope this because of a rather painful evolutionary trait the parasites had developed called consciousness. It had enabled the species its great success and also enabled it to damage its hostess, the Earth. Now that same consciousness had the capability undoing some of the harm it had wrought and the parasites created a holiday to honor that new consciousness. The parasites, not being too imaginative, called it Earth Day.

copyright 2013 Mark W.  McGinnis

(presented to the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Boise ID, April 21, 2013)

18 New Paintings for the Snake River Basin Project

The following are 18 new paintings for my Snake River Basin Project. They are mostly from Southwest Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and Central Eastern Idaho. All are 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper.

srb-mores creek -lr copy
Mores Creek, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-owyhee river
Owyhee River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-malheur-south fork
Malheur River-South Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-powder river valley
Powder River Valley, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-malhuer river
Malheur River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-billingsley creek -lr
Billingsley Creek, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-malard river gorge-or
Malad River Gorge, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-1000 springs
1000 Springs, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-snake river at 3 island crossing
Snake River at Three Island Crossing, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-shoshone falls on the snake river crossing
Shoshone Falls on the Snake River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-snake river valley
Snake River Canyon, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-spring near shoshone falls
Spring Near Shoshone Falls, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-salmon river
Salmon River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-bruneau river canyon
Bruneau River Canyon, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-salmon river-north fork
Salmon River-North Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-salmon river-north fork 1
Pahsimeroi River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-salmon river-east fork
Salmon River-East Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis
srb-lehmi river
Lehmi River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2013, Mark W. McGinnis

The NEW Snake River Basin Series

Yes, the NEW Snake River Basin Series. I am afraid the PREVIOUS Snake River Basin Series, consisting of large scale multi-panel pieces, was too much for my physical limitations and I have had to revision my approach. This new series will all be 11″ X 14″. acrylic on 300# paper. The Snake River Basin encompasses most of Idaho, and parts of Wyoming, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. It is my hope to sample much of this region in the coming years.

Snake River Basin: Payette River, South Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Salmon River, Near Headwaters, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Lower Salmon River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Jordan Creek, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Snake River in Hell’s Canyon, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Weiser River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Payette River, North Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Owyhee River, North Fork, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Little Salmon River, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis
Snake River Basin: Boise River in Flood, 11″ X 14″, acrylic on 300# paper, 2012, Mark W. McGinnis