There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
An online ‘special preview’ approaches for all of you who have patiently endured my erratic postings. My hands have been full with lots of tasks – many of them have been highly-creative ones! I’ve not had time for full-time painting, but you’ve earned a sneak peek!
Sometimes it’s easy to go into an intense focus, and studies seem to shine best against a stark background. The butterflies above illustrate when ‘all is calm’ in Zeebra’s life. Other times when distractions nudge me out of focus, I switch to a totally-different style — one that makes me smile and demands a different approach. An old Artist’s Statement of mine stated, “Two people live inside of me…” Here’s a sample of that second person:
..”Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. ~Amy Lowell”
Last week’s dragonfruit flowers reminded me of how I cherish working from life; the recent rains also promise an explosion of brugmansia blossoms. I look forward to having time for some serious studies of those nocturnal beauties.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. ~Oscar Wilde
The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. ~Pablo Picasso
I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek; I will be offline most of this week, but wanted to send an ‘all’s fine’ smoke signal! Learning from last Aprill’s earthquake, if I do not answer your comments or emails, most likely I am fine – just away from an internet connection!
Until the next smoke signal, Z