Monday, July 25, 2011

Shazam 2
  oil on panel  16" x 24"
“‘Why’ is the most important word in this planet’s language, 
and probably in that  of other galaxies as well.”      
Wislawa Szymborska

One of my favorite poets here hits on the reason for any endeavor worth our time, asking ourselves 'why'. It is the repeated question of small children as they try to understand everything bigger and new to their experience. It is the source of adults' finest works in every field of knowledge, every constructive effort. It drives an artist to the absolute joy of working and 'absorbed-ness' in that work. 
It's the voice of curiosity and the source of exploration.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Shazam 1
 oil on panel  16" x 20"

“What you do when you paint, you take a brush full of paint, 
get paint on the picture, and you have faith”.   Willem de Kooning

“I can never accomplish what I want – only what I would have wanted 
had I thought of it beforehand”.   Richard Diebenkorn
I’ve included these two quotes because first, they are from two artists whose work has always been a kind of beacon for my own, and second, because they so well sum up my feeling about what painting must be, no matter what style or subject. I guess all my art is of one piece because it comes from my sensibility and experience.
Each brushstroke is a decision”.   Robert Motherwell