From outer to inner; essence revealed.

The following references provide some specific examples of the radical shift in Western visual art away from an outward directed cultural world view, centuries in the making, that formed so much of the character of ┬áimage making over that time. In his book Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky wrote: “The Renaissance …. derived its inspiration solely from those periods of Greek and Roman art which were preoccupied with the expression of external reality.” And further: “The relationships in art are not necessarily ones of outward form, but are founded on an inner...

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Context 2, Essence

Two more important change agents not mentioned in Context 1 are Psychology and Photography. They made their appearance on the world stage in the 19th century and were part of the dynamic cultural mix leading to a radical upheaval in world views and values on the move into the 20th century that continues in an ever evolving process today. In this particular addition to my blog, I propose to go beyond the facade of referring to names, anecdotes, and dates in a sequential, detailed accounting of visual art historical events. This in order to try to identify at least one aspect of the root...

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In order to provide a context for the direction that I have taken in my work, I propose to include my views on some aspects of the 19th and 20th visual arts and their cultural milieu as I see them today. I have done that to some extent in very broad strokes in this website already, and I do not intend to go into a lot of detail here as so much has been written on this subject in one form or another by others. Having said that, here are some further thoughts along these lines. There seems to be at least three more obvious ways ( we will explore a fourth subtle way later) of giving expression...

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I am looking forward to writing about my ideas, views on the contemporary visual art scene, and the creative process in general. If my current planning works out, I am hoping to be able to do this on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. It all depends on how this business of stringing words together becomes available to me. It is my experience that painting a picture or writing about whatever it is that motivated such an action are two different forms of expression. While the motivating content that is seeking expression might be the same in each case, it’s the form that the expression takes...

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Book – In Quest of a Countenance

In Quest of a Countenance: A Search for Meaning in a World in Transition. It contains 100 pages of drawings, paintings, sculpture, poetry, and text, with 61 plates of the images. Price: $30.00 plus shipping and handling....

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Buds and Blossoms

Buds and Blossoms, 2013, 17″ x 23″ We sit in rapture in a natural surround of renewal, of spring, of the promise of creative things to...

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