Contemporary colorful paintings of fun and figures.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Figuratively Speaking - Sorting It Out
8"x10" oil $75
It was a discovery for me that I really like the shape of circles and bubbles. I have always loved bubbles, their shape, flexibility, reflective quality, but didn't realize how drawn (pun intended) to them I am. Generally I paint alla prima (doing the entire painting in one session) but I let this one percolate for a while while "sorting it out." What I mostly love about painting abstracts is that it makes me think differently. A book, a movie, a play, a dance, a poem, music, even an exquisite meal, that makes me think differently brings me joy. I am currently reading a satirical book about the ideal Republican. I believe its intention is to look at the foibles of Republican thought and policy by expressing an inflated belief in them, but mostly it comes across as sarcastic. I am not sure its intention is to also poke fun at a particularly narrow minded liberal attitude about conservatives, but it succeeds on that end as well. So why am I reading it? The reason is to understand the author better. This is the second book I have read recently to better understand these authors as humans, because they touch the lives of those I care about. Then I think about writing a blog and how that tells something about who I am. Too bad we can't read our own writing totally objectively, or evaluate our own artistic endeavors totally objectively. All we can do is try to "sort it all out" as best we can. Go figure.