We stopped early. Dye thought we would all enjoy a campsite close to the peak. The spot was treacherous but worth it, and the view was incredible. I talked Dye into capturing the scene for Wizard's documents. You could see the castle peering from the liquid clouds. The castle's towers were red and seemed to sit amongst the clouds coming up from the gorge. Dye used a tall, slender canvas to mimic our obstructed view from the mountainsides. He created an enamel wash for the clouds. The clouds looked like sheets of milk laying over the landscape. Brush strokes would have been too much; they needed to hang on the canvas. This painting appears abstract. However, witnessing this scene, it should be seen as impressionistic. I asked Dye about scale. He laughed saying, " I should add us here at the bottom for scale." The group liked the idea.
Dye added five characters at the bottom. They represented us starting our adventure towards the Red Kingdom. The piece was modern. It had a minimalistic quality. However, the small characters balanced out the brow. They will probably skulk at the addition. Dye knew that. He put them front and center not to be missed or hidden in the scribbles. It's us against the tall lights of the white rooms.
the white rooms
patched and primed
the poor craftsmanship of illusion
a tired cooperative
my painting will hang from a rope of its own
a beautiful death
I asked Dye what he would call the painting. He stood there for a long minute. We all stood there waiting. I began thinking of names frantically. The Five, The Red Kingdom, and The White Room they all sounded feeble. Dye chuckled, "Expansionism." We all clapped.