Artwork / 2021 / Ritual (Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming)

Old Faithful geyser attended by a gathering of mountain bluebirds, mixed media painting by American artist Gwenn Seemel
Gwenn Seemel
Ritual (Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming)
acrylic, colored pencil, and marker on paper
11 x 7 inches


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Old Faithful is an incredible natural phenomenon, but more magnificent still, to my mind anyway, is the ritual it spontaneously generates among humans. When we come to together to witness its eruption, for those few moments our many and varied stories merge into one in an obvious way. I’ve been trying to hold onto that visceral feeling of togetherness since I saw Old Faithful during my COVID-across-America road trip.

This is the second image of Yellowstone that I’ve created, with this being the first. You can watch the making of Ritual.