#A4: Silence and Sentiment

My painting for the day. It did not make it to the night, but it was good practice. I do not always like the way the featured image shows in WordPress, especially in the Reader – it seems like it is being pushed into your face.

Below is what I believe the painting would have looked like in a frame, when viewed across a room:


There are probably times for all of us when things becomes clear – the beauty and brutality of life is seen for what it is – and the need to change it is muted. We strive for the meta-physic, but our life is lived in the physic.

Here is the poetry-prose in the closing scene of the astonishingly beautiful movie, The Great Beauty (“Le Grande Bellezza”):

This is how it always ends, with death.
But first there was life, hidden beneath
the blah, blah, blah.
Its all settled beneath the chitter chatter 
and the noise.
Silence and sentiment.
Emotion and fear.
The haggard, inconstant flashes of beauty.
And then the wretched squalor and miserable humanity.
All buried under the cover of 
the embarrassment of being in the world:
Blah, blah, blah, blah.

Beyond, there is what lies beyond.
And I don't deal with what lies beyond.
Let this novel begin.
After all...it's just a trick.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

11 thoughts on “#A4: Silence and Sentiment

  1. I agree about the WordPress reader. I do all my stuff on my iPad these days and the screen is smaller than a computer. I was on the full sized computer last week and logged onto my blog and was not happy with the huge pictures nor the colors that the screen was showing. Frustrating.

    Ruined brush mentioned a program that lets you photograph your painting and put it in a virtual room so you can show it from a distance. For me, I need the texture to show as much as possible so close up is good, but for paintings meant to be viewed from further back, the program seems to be really helpful. I wish I knew the name of it. I think you would appreciate a program like that to showcase the distance you feel is appropriate for the painting. If I think of it, I will let you know.

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    1. Thanks Dawn, I thought it was only me. I will check out the link you posted. I have often seen artists show images of what their art would look like in various types of rooms, I think it it standard on Etsy. There must be some online tools to help with this.

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    1. Sorry for my late reply. I just did it in PowerPoint. I first put a dark rectangle down, then mported my image and resized it ( keeping the aspect ratio) then snipped and uploaded the image including the “frame”. The image is much smaller in data size, so it loads fast, but does not lose much quality.
      I hope this helps? Dawn’s link may be easier and more flexible.

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  2. I think it is never going to be acceptable to view a painting on a device. To be in the room with it, move backwards and forwards, engage with it on a physical level, is the only way. But this is what we have, and can still appreciate what we see. No waterfalls in this painting, but a beautiful landscape and shimmering river.

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  3. Ruined brush did another tutorial yesterday I think that showed how to give your art a canvas board effect also for showcasing so check that out also if you get a chance or think it might be helpful.

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