For the past few paintings I have become aware that purple and light blue is a color that I struggle to utilize in my landscapes – not counting the sky. Looking at the work of Arthur Maderson, for example, I am always impressed at how he uses the full spectrum of color in his paintings.
In this painting, I am taking baby steps toward using a bit more light blue or purple. I am also still working at loosening my style and finding my place between representational and abstract image making.
One of the most well known Afrikaans South African poets of the previous century is N.P. van Wyk Louw. It is a pity I am an amateur translator. Some of his images keep me spellbound. Here are some of the last verses of his poem “Thoughts, Songs and Prayers of a Soldier”:
... Perhaps we too shall die and tumble backward to the void for this bright earth to be darkened into us. Perhaps later no one will know our beauty, no meaning found in all our strife and sorrow, and when we lie helpless close to death, will have only this lonely certainty at last: that we could not be bent in the shape of their violence, and we could live exulted true to our blood.
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