What was the art but a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself – life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, to sweet to lose.
~ Willa Cather
Plein air is painting outdoors capturing quickly and intuitively the fleeting light. Starting about 1899 and because of a certain “slant of light,” American Impressionism took root and blossomed with a group of artist who gathered at Florence Griswold’s home in Old Lyme across the Connecticut River from my home town Deep River. Today, plein air and representational painting continue to be actively promoted by both the Florence Griswold Museum and the nearby Lyme Art Academy.
Worn Shoes – an exercise in photorealism – developed into a series of six 9×12 oil paintings on smooth masonite.
Modern – non-objective or abstract painting – is characterized by an avoidance of anything representational. Symbols, gestures, color are explored to depict what Wassily Kandinsky in his Concerning the Spiritual in Art argues is “a nourishment of consciousness” and, therefore, the truly spiritual.
Homage honors two great masters by copying one of their works:
- Édouard Manet’s bouquet of flowers
- Fernando Botero’s nun holding a rose … a “color value” exercise where half is black & white and half color.
Drawings … most were created in my twenties and early thirties, and capture at the time (I think) a naive sense of sincerity and confidence.