My best guess is that I shall paint fewer paintings in 2014 and release more photographs and painting sketches. This will be partly due to three months traveling and living in Europe. We plan to leave sometime near the beginning of April. The tickets will likely be purchased by the end of the week.
The 2013 year was a good solid success for my paintings but I want to go deeper into the learning curve of how my specific historical experience impacts my work. I want to go deeper into how I can paint the spaces in between light and shadow. I want to find ways to bring you, the viewer, farther into my work until you can clearly formulate the poetry of landscape. I want us to know and understand our embeddedness in our natural environment. Human life, as we know it, may depend on strengthening that one relationship. I suspect that my trip to Europe and its museums and countryside combined with my camera and brushes is going to help me find answers to these searches.
Oh, there will always be new work to release in my Artsy Home online gallery, such as the two new paintings entered over the weekend. But I find it is not really important but rather a task similar to organizing the books on the bookshelf for a research project.
What is important then?
There is quote attributed to Buddha that I saw this morning which seems most succinct:
In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
My only commitment today is a long walk. With the heavy rains water is rushing to the sea.
Quite possibly it is a stone in a stream that will hold most of my attention today.
This , and a few of the lines from the Mary Oliver “Morning Poem”
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
for hours, your imagination
And if your spirit carries within it
that is heavier than lead –
if it’s all you can do
to keep on trudging –
there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted –
reference; p. 106/7 of New And Selected Poems volume one (1992) by Mary Oliver
What are your focus and intentions for the year ahead?
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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch
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