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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Creativity Quotes -- Studio Windows

My Studio Window (view from the street)
with creativity quotes
and "Straight from the Tube" paintings from the past

I have been feeling bad about not having any new work to put in my studio windows.  So, I decided to accept the fact that I wasn't going to be able to fix that problem any time soon, and came up with an alternative.

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." --- Maya Angelou

I put creativity quotes (which I find inspiring) on the two easels, and put up two of my older works that have never been shown in my studio before.  These two paintings are from my "Straight from the Tube" phase, when I was using pure color and channeling Matisse and Peploe.

" Painting is ultimately about completing spaces.  In many ways, the beauty of one's life is also about completing spaces, if having breakfast is considered a space, or a walk in the woods, all the way to the attention one gives to a lifetime.  The more attention or beauty one gives to those spaces, the more depth and meaning the entire space may have."  --- Quang Ho

If you go by the windows, let me know what you think.  


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Migration

3 minute video of  Snow Geese migration
(if you can't see the video in your browser, click here)

I have been in a funk lately --- for more months than I want to count. Not painting  --- nor posting here on my blog.

But yesterday I heard honking overhead, and looked up to find a flock of snow geese flying north.

If you haven't seen snow geese then you won't know why it was so memorable.  They sound like the common black and brown Canadian geese but they are all white.  And gather in huge groups when they migrate.

The first time I saw them they were in the farm fields north of Seneca lake, close to where the above video was taken.  (for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology by Gerrit Vyn)  We thought they were seagulls, but as we got closer, they were too big for seagulls, and then we realized they were geese.  Lots and lots of them.

But I never expected to see them flying over our house here in Corning.

It was such an unexpected treat that it really jolted me into remembering how there are rhythms to life.

Including my own.

And that it is time for my own spring migration.