Monday, March 2, 2015

Winter Wood; A Magic Portal; Paul Cezanne;

Winter Wood
  oil on panel  8" x 10"

November Creek Bank
  oil on panel  11" x 14"

"Nature appears to be always the same, yet nothing we see endures. Our art must convey a glimmer of her endurance with the elements, the appearance of all her changes."
Paul Cezanne

Perhaps the sources of art are set out here according to Cezanne. How we deal with the impermanent chaos of the visual world - each one of us seeing in our own manner - in an effort to bring some kind of coherence or understanding back from the battle. If we have any success it is found in the contemplation of others, opening a brief portal to step through into a construct we discovered. Perhaps these works will provide something for you. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pablo Neruda, Rilke, Winter Stream, Late Afternoon

Winter Stream, Late Afternoon
  oil on panel  8" x 10"

"All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are."
Pablo Neruda

"The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things."
Rainer Maria Rilke

Maybe its just one way of reading it, but Rilke seems to be pointing out a progression of greater and greater things that have not defeated one, in order to move on to the next. As I grow older and as I go to my painting each day I can understand well this under-lying meaning. This keeps me on Neruda's path, trying my best to convey what I am by what I see and love and attempt. Enjoy!