Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thanks for Listening II

Another year over, wow, is time accelerating? It seems to have gone by so fast and
has certainly been quite a year, one filled with the deepest sorrow and greatest joy.
I guess the ying and yang of life.

I just want to take a moment to express my appreciation to all.
Thank you for your support and interest in my work.

As I look back over the year’s efforts, the paintings that succeeded and those that did not. I ask myself the questions, have I improved? What have I said visually? Do I resonate those qualities I admire in painting/art? What I do know for certain is that the more I learn about painting the more I need to learn. It is the continued ongoing study and observation; of the nature, of the visual world that makes art so fascinating and intriguing.
It has been a great year.

Those of you that purchased work, my sincerest gratitude.

 Happy Holidays and have a great New Years.

"If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint."
Edward Hopper

“For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.”
 T. S. Eliot

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

There are no facts, only interpretations

 Changes, oil on panel, 5”x7”

 I have always liked the quote, for me that thought works on many levels. In both my artistic and personal life, it is a good maxim to have.

 December on Cedar Lake, oil on panel, 5”x7”
These winter sketches are all about interpretation, reducing the subject matter to a simple and truthful sketch. And with the rapidly changing weather conditions you really do not have much time for even that.

Dusk at Cedar Lake, oil on panel, 5”x7”

So as a painter must you go for the “large” truths and “big” facts of the image.
And then you can follow these dictum's.

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort ‘em as much as you please.”
- - MarkTwain

"There are no facts, only interpretations."