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Big Sky Painting

digesu.jpgA full-page reproduction of a painting of the Texas Panhandle by Peter Di Gesu in the July 2007 issue of Shambhala Sun has gotten me wrapped up in this contemplative painter’s work. Every year, Di Gesu drives through western and southwestern states to photograph the land and the sky, and make sketches of things that interest him. Inspired by space, light, color, and form, his oil paintings take on a most calming effect.
You can look at his work here, here, and here.
Gorgeous, deep. The land and the beholder’s eye open up to each other. They connect.
“There is something universal about our connection with the earth and sky,” he writes. “The vastness and the expansiveness of space that pulls us beyond our own limited perceptions; this is what I hope is communicated in these paintings.”

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posted June 26, 2007 at 6:16 pm

I grew up in the Panhandle of Oklahoma-about 20 minutes from the Texas Panhandle border. There is nothing more beautiful than those skies. Thanks for sharing these!

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posted June 26, 2007 at 9:28 pm

Waaay back in the day, I was in western Nebraska for a time, and I swear I have never seen so many stars in my life as I did in the night skies out there.
Absolutely the most beautiful thing I think I’ve ever seen.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 10:01 am

Hi Amy. Glad to hear that the Sun has played a role in your getting wrapped up in Peter’s work. Thought I’d let you know we’re launching an online gallery October 1, 2007, at, that will include the work of Peter and other artists whose photographs, paintings or calligraphies have graced the pages of the Sun and helped illustrate the magazine’s core themes of buddhism, life, culture and meditation. Have a good summer and check us out in the fall. Cindy

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posted June 27, 2007 at 12:32 pm

I lived in Odessa for several years. Coming from the wooded rolling hills of central Tx I felt completely out of place until I began to appreciate and understand the vastness. Watching the coming of a dust storm; half the sky a huge brown mass, just a minor unpleasantness to the natives, was a taste of the huge, unstoppable display of the power of nature.

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posted June 27, 2007 at 10:26 pm

Nothing like reading your post a day later and finding out just how much you’ve screwed it up, eh?? :-)
What I was TRYING to say re the night skies in Western Nebraska was THIS:
“I THINK it was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen”.
Jeez. Damned caffiene. :-)

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