Leighton Ford

Outward Bound

Outward Bound

I began this pastel painting at home during the pandemic shut-down on a partly used sheet of paper bearing one dark blue swatch. As I worked the dark blue turned into reddish brown cliffs, expanding into the expanse of sky and sea, and finally the one lone bird. Perhaps my imagination was telling me that …

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Above Marburg, Germany, Looking Down from a High Wall

Above Marburg, Germany, Looking Down from a High Wall

Marburg is a university city in Germany, unusual in that it is built on two levels, with a funicular escalator leading from one level to another. From above we see the spire of the Lutheran church, where on midweek nights hundreds of young students and professionals gather for “ChristusTreff” – the “Christ Meeting.” Watercolor • …

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Ashness Bridge

Ashness Bridge

On a summer afternoon I was on a leisurely drive through England’s lake district. I came to this lovely bridge and had to stop and rest. I sat on some rocks and sketched the bridge, captivated by the view and the thought of those who crossed the stream across the years. Watercolor • 2000

Aspen Grove

Aspen Grove

The aspen grove in its full fall color is glorious. Yet there would be no growth if not for their hidden root system. One aspen grove in Colorado has forty-four thousand trunks, mostly hidden from sight. This painting is a symbol of leaders who do not just make a public display, but whose roots are …

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