'it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult. That something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it. It is also good to love: because love is difficult.' (Rainer Maria Rilke)
revising this old panel from a few years back. detail
'I'm more interested in seeing what the material tells me than in imposing my will on it.' (John Chamberlain)
'Beauty by confusion, truth by collision.' (Daniel Richter)
I started this painting 2 years ago. revised it again in the last month.
this painting has been creeping along for that last year or so.
'Every picture one paints involves not painting others.' (Robert Motherwell)
another revision... this one from way back. had to get rid of a lot of lines. The thought of finishing this piece was kind of intimidating. That's because I'd managed to convinced myself that it was done when in fact it was maybe the prelude to a start. not even the idea of a painting. kind of an indication of something, maybe a gesture.
'As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be, you can't see how it is.' (Ram Dass)
more revisions of course.
'The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.' (Willem de Kooning)
something else when so much of Manhattan is dark. was launched into a revision cycle that went thru pieces from the last six months or more.
Maybe poets express more directly a sense of sympathy for other human beings. Painting is a little bit more of a retreat from human beings in real life; painting is more about the extreme moments when speech doesn't help anymore. (Francesco Clemente)
'Painting is the passage from the chaos of the emotions to the order of the possible.' (Balthus)
'Do not think that it is possible to repeat another period.' (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)
another revision. no idea what this painting used to be before or if I've even posted it at some time
'Spacial art does not begin with a poetic mood or idea, but with construction of one or more figures, with the harmonizing of several colors and tones, or with the devaluation of spatial relationships and so on.' (Paul Klee)
this drawing took over and then I finally got thru to the finish of the top painting here.
"A poet should leave traces of his passage, not proof." (René Char)
"The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was." (anon)
'Don't play what's there, play what's not there.' (Miles Davis)
trying to keep it light here in the midst of some extremely hard times.
this dates back to June or May I guess. the mixed media thing works well I think but it takes some getting used to.
been so long since I've posted, I thought I better put this revision up from July I guess. not sure when it was done. this is 5' x 4'
getting at something a bit simpler. Rubber Plant
'Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.' Eugene Ionesco
"I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge." Stravinsky
'In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.' (Edgar Degas)
far and near. and the inverse.
had to start off with some revisions.