Monday, May 31, 2010

The Art of Peter Howson

Peter Howson is a wonderful painter. Some of his art makes me feel very uncomfortable and I realize that it is often his intention.  

The First Step by Peter Howson
as it appears on the cover of the book, Peter Howson by Robert Heller

The first Step is a good example, it is a haunting image about rehab. A lot of his work is very dark but occasionally a splash of color creates light within the image. I often see it as a small piece of optimism breaking through a bleak outlook. His technical skill and style is wonderful. His work often appears like a series of nightmares. I believe that the art world benefits from having a range of different perspectives. If we do not accept nightmares, then we cannot fully accept dreams. The video below shows Peter Howson painting Dawn French. The final piece is excellent. In theme, it is one of his lighter works.

Aim High

"Breathe on me, Breath of God, Fill me with life anew, That I may love what thou dost love, And do what thou wouldst do"- Hymn by Edwin Hatch
I have to admire Edwin Hatch for choosing God  as a role model. To love as God loves, seems near impossible. People who believe in God, tend to believe that they will always be loved and forgiven. God loves us more than we are capable of loving ourselves. To choose that you want to love all, unconditionally, is a huge task. It seems impossible but I don't think that matters. If you aim for greatness and you fall short, you will still have achieved a great deal. If a belief encourages you to embrace the best that you can be then it is great belief.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Welcome Visitor

Tree Sculpture Version 3 by Jina Wallwork

I took this photograph today. My sculpture received a visit from a small squirrel. They haven't visited for a while and it is good to see them. 

Monday, May 24, 2010


" ...Ye cannot live for yourselves; a thousand fibers connect you with your fellow-men, and along those fibers, as along sympathetic threads, run your actions as causes, and return to you as effects." -Henry Melvill

 These invisible threads cannot be altered or removed. We are always connected to others. Through every connection influence is given and received. To emotionally let go of a connection means that you no longer choose to be influenced by a person. If you believe the influence to be positive, then it is always good to hold the connection in your heart.

The Red Cosmonaut by Jeremy Geddes

The Red Cosmonaut by Jeremy Geddes

Not only is this image visually stunning, it also uses symbols beautifully. A cosmonaut floating with birds, both of these symbols are loaded with different meanings and interpretations. They don't usually occupy the same situation, yet they are bought together in this image. Does the cosmonaut exist between the earth and space, fixed in a surreal sky? The bird flies so easily and the cosmonaut needs his heavy bulky suit to travel. I can't see the face of the cosmonaut; there is nothing to identify who he is; He is completely defined by what he is wearing. Does this allow the viewer to become the cosmonaut and occupy the space within the suit.

Jeremy Geddes Art

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Crimson Forest by Jennifer Vranes

Crimson Forest by Jennifer Vranes

There is no hint of sky in this painting. It creates a panoramic effect where the viewer is submerged in the forest. There is the soft slender shapes of the tree trunks; angular shapes across the center of the canvas. They are then complemented by the thick textured color. The color dissolves some of the sharp shapes of the forest. What's left is an image that is beautifully balanced.

Giving You

"The most satisfying thing in life is to have been able to give a large part of one's self to others."- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
 When you give a large part of yourself to others, you become the best of who you are. If you never express yourself completely then you become a stranger to those who share your life. If you give your true self then every relationship is a true connection. Is there anything more satisfying than being yourself and being understood.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Composition 7 by Wassily Kandinsky

Composition 7 by Wassily Kandinsky 1913

The influence of Kandinsky bleeds into my work and I wouldn't want that to change. There is color and intensity in his work.  He created 30 drawings to plan this one piece of art work. Everything he did was conscious. He made decisions about every mark. He analyzed both line and color. He understood the language of his own art and was capable of explaining it to others.

Guarantees of Peace

"If Allah had pleased, He could have given them power over you, and they would have fought you: therefore, if they withdraw from you but fight you not, and (instead) send you (guarantees of) peace, then Allah hath opened no way for you (to war against them)."- Quran

I am interested in this notion of guaranteed peace. It is a wonderful concept. It would be wonderful if everyone had a guarantee of peace. War is always an absurd solution to conflict and difficulties. To plan a conflict to end a conflict, is an insane avenue to travel. If war was removed as a possibility, people would find a better way. They would find a resolution. There is always a flawed argument that you can hear from both sides; wars are needed because 'they' want war and 'they' wont let us live in peace.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One Million Ways to Build a Castle

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them" -Henry David Thoreau

Begin with a dream; a giant perspective of what is possible and then build it. Alternatively, begin with a small step and see where it takes you. There could be a million ways  to build a castle. A mix of possibility and practicality.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Knowing Love

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

We know ourselves more than any other person. We know every limitation. It is easy to view each fault as much larger than it is. When others love us, it is hard to understand. Everyone is loved by someone and I don't believe that all love is blind. If we focus only on our faults, we will never understand the new perspective that is offered when we are loved. This quote reminds me that the perspective of a loving gaze is there; whether it is declared by another or not. Knowing that it is there, it would be good to see our faults as being much smaller.