Still Life with Cloche
oil on canvas. 20" x 16", 2012
Here it is, the final week of this journey. For my last painting I decided to build myself a pictorial Anniversary cake. I had thought of other images for this auspicious week, all could be described as "cleaver" or worse yet "cheeky". Beth suggested that I don't disappoint anyone who might be expecting a valid summation of this past year. So, this is my choice, a colorful layering of repeated shapes, swelling upward. I hope you like it.
THE MANIFESTO ( sort of)
In summation, I have always had a broad based interest in everything that touches human life. Some may compare it to a beaver pond, broad but shallow. Anyways, I often reference historical paintings because I have a firm belief that the potential for human achievement is necessitated
by an appreciation of the canon of past achievements. Even though, as the poet
once said, we cannot hope to emulate those achievements, we just try.....or in his own words:
And what there is to conquer
by strength and submission has already been discovered
once or twice, or several times by men whom we cannot hope
to emulate - but there is no competition -
there is only the fight to recover what has been lost
and found and lost again and again....
for us, there is only the trying
the rest is not our business.
The Four Quartets
The world is small now, but as artist, we must seek a new common mythic narrative, derived from the past, and thusly carry on, for humanity, a rich accessible tradition.
I would like to invite all of you to come and see for yourself all 52 of these paintings.
June 12- July 18
Artist Reception: June 16
Check back here next week for the invitation!