Here is my painting #41:
The idea of something – a shelf or ledge – emerging from semi-dark has been on my mind. I was thinking of the painting by Walter Tandy Murch “The Ledge” when I drew the thumbnail below. This painting and the next (in progress) grew from that concept.
Away on a business strip for a day, I could not paint or post yesterday. Woke up this morning at 4:50 am, which is good going for me. A four hour drive back home ahead of me, I waited and watched as, for a reason unknown, the well known words of Thoreau sunk down to my conscious mind:
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.
I have always been drawn to that first sentence. I lay in the semi-dark and reflected once again on my purpose for painting. By the time the first Blackbird sung, I had this laid out as a personal echo of Thoreau’s statement:
I went to my studio because I wished to be deliberately, to front only the essential facts of my self, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not looked deeply. I did not wish to paint from what was not my own self – creating is so intimate. Nor did I wish to paint as a means to an end, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to search deep and suck the marrow out of art, to paint so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that is not of my own self, to create both spontaneous and precise, to drive beauty out of the corner of my childhood heart and into the world.
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