This is a larger version of a small oil painting sketch that I posted earlier. If you look at the earlier post, you will see that the painting had two lives – an initial confused and darker one, and then it stepped into the light. All three versions are shown below:
This latest painting is approximately 60 cm x 45 cm in size which is about the largest size I am comfortable with right now, although I have two larger paintings on/off my easel that I am tinkering with.
I am out-painting my blog!
When I started around March last year, I used to blog almost every day and had to paint to keep up with my blog. Now I am posting #227 but this afternoon I already completed #243! I guess for an artist focused on painting that indicates a correct sequence of time/priority?
I sometimes share some of my latest paintings on Instagram – those that I have not yet put into a blog post (Instagram name is @fritzjoosteartist, if you are interested).
I have to say, one of the reasons for not posting as regularly is that I have not read anything inspiring lately, apart from Marie Marshall’s book of poetry that I mentioned in my last post.
Often, doing my morning reading and walking, I am inspired by something I read and can compose a paragraph to accompany it in my mind. Lately all I see is color – no words and very little sounds.
Well in case you need some inspiration for your day, I hope you enjoy this excerpt from a poem by Shinkichi Takahashi:
The Position of the Sparrow (last verse) ... Because the whole is part, there's not a whole, Anywhere, that is not part. And all those happenings a billion years ago, Are happening now, all around us: time. Indeed this morning the sparrow hopped about In that nebulous whirlpool A million light years hence. And since the morning is void, Anything can be. Since mornings A billion years from now are nothingness, We can behold them. The sparrow stirs, The universe moves slightly. Shinkichi Takahashi, translated by Lucien Stryk in Zen Poetry: Let the Spring Breezes Enter
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