I tried to push my boundaries a bit with this painting. It is based on two photos of the Waikato River seen through the dappled sunlight and shadow of large pine trees. The source photos are shown below.
The end result is not really to my liking – reminds me of my kindergarten drawings. My relative inexperience with pastel is probably the main cause, but I have to say I have never managed to paint something that I like in which blue and green dominate. Oh well…next time. Now I have “expanded knowing”.
I have been reading Jane Hirshfield’s Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. Some of the poems and prose in this book takes my breath away:
What a writer or painter undertakes in each work of art is an experiment whose hoped-for outcome is an expanded knowing. Each gesture, each failed or less-than-failed attempt to create an experience by language or color and paper, is imagination reaching outward to sieve the world. Hirshfield, Jane. Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
This same book gives a poem for my post:
The fish are dreadful. They are brought up the mountain in the dawn most days, beautiful and alien and cold from night under the sea, the grand rooms fading from their flat eyes. Soft machinery of the dark, the man thinks, washing them. Jack Gilbert, from “Going Wrong”, quoted in Hirshfield, Jane. Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World.
“Soft machinery of the dark” – stunningly beautiful, pointing phrase.
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