July 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
I have passed this Roman statue many times at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. recently I have taken the time to look a bit more closely and to sort through some of my feelings about it. The one thing that has surfaced is the question of this being an older or old woman. If it is that, then it is also the portrait of of woman who was, and still is, graceful, and beautiful. The sign of being a “proper” member of her society are clear but just as clear to me is a natural beauty that is reluctant of leave her. I hope it never did. This was carved around 6o or 70 AD
July 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
July 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
Actually I have been working on a series of paintings which I call brush work studies. I am exploring composition, color and line. I want to keep the paintings fresh so I prevent myself from overworking and over thinking them. I may have mentioned this recently. I am using the internet to find photos and using those images as a starting point for painting. I am enjoying this process and hope to do a lot more in future.
July 9, 2012 § 4 Comments
This is one of my favorite poems.
Drinking Alone with the Moon (Li Bai, 701-762 AD, China)
From a wine pot amidst the flowers,
I drink alone without partners.
To invite the moon I raise my cup.
We’re three, as my shadow shows up.
Alas, the moon doesn’t drink.
My shadow follows but doesn’t think.
Still for now I have these friends,
To cheer me up until the spring ends.
I sing; the moon wanders.
I dance; the shadow scatters.
Awake, together we have fun.
Drunk, separately we’re gone.
Let’s be boon companions forever,
Pledging, in heaven, we’ll be together.
July 8, 2012 § Leave a comment
About a year ago I was in the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) and took photos of a number of items. Usually I take a photo of the label as well. Later as I was going though my shots a came across a lovely vessel that I used in a drawing. I discovered that I had no idea what it was or in what museum I had taken the shot. I had not even taken a photo of the label. I assumed that I was an object some where in MIA’s Asian collection. I have been wandering the those collections on each visit and have had not discovered it. I began to wonder if I might be wrong and the object was at the Met in New York City. This past week however I found the object in a part of the Asian collection at MIA that is somewhat separate from the other, which is upstairs. One the first floor there is India and Southeast Asia.
I later discovered later that the sweet little vessel is called a Kendi. It has a very long history in Asia and is also depicted in European art from time to time. I must admit that I can understand that. There is something so appealing about its form. This is a lovely water vessel without handles. It has a long neck that doubles as a place to fill the pot with liquid and a place to hold, lift and manipulate it. A spout coming out of a round and squat body. It is a great communal drinking vessel in that liquid can be poured from the vessel with out lips coming into contact with it.
More about Kendi can be found here: http://rooneyarchive.net/articles/kendi/kendi_album/kendi.htm
July 3, 2012 § 3 Comments
Not exactly a painting or a drawing, the term I use for these works is brush and graphite or brush and charcoal drawings. I order to keep them fresh, I try not to over think or over work them. I try to except what happens in the process and move on to the next. The become a testing ground from eyes, hands and materials. Also a place to explore.