Monday, January 16, 2017

December Tree; Albert Einstein, Robert Motherwell; The most beautiful experience.

December Tree
  oil on panel  16" x 18"

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion tat stands at the cradle of true art and true science."
Albert Einstein

"Art is an experience, not an object."
Robert Motherwell

I have found the experience that is making paintings or drawings. the mysterious trigger that sustains creativity, is most surely found in the edges between human development and wildness, between human commerce and unkempt country. Or, like this oak tree, places out of reach and tantalizing, free from us simply because of where they are found. These oak trees are right outside my home and my studio. Some days I will simply gaze into their top branches and dream among them as they sway in the wind. Some days one can feel the weight of these monsters, anchored in the earth. Always they are a place for thinking about how process connects to the feeling or the poetry of vision.  So for 30 years they have been a subject and a retreat as I live below them. This painting is on a early December day when a 180 year old oak is catching a breeze in its upper branches and warming in the low sunlight. Almost a stolen moment before winter sets in. Enjoy!

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