Unbelievable beauty

Don’t think: look!— Ludwig Wittgenstein It’s a mystery to me, how some art, some artists, makes us see – sense – the unbelievable beauty of ordinary things. Vija Celmins is such an artist, the mysterious one, capable of transforming reality into something even more real. ‘When you work on a piece for a good long…

cloud~watching

All day I tried to paint the sky, clouds passing by. Every attempt a mistake stilted, awkward – – unreal Then I went out and looked up: And as for the first time I noticed;   the sky really doesn’t look real at all –  

The Artichoke

Artichoke: That vegetable of which one has more at the finish than at the start of dinner. ~Lord Chesterfield Artichokes are young, unopened thistle buds from the daisy family. If left to mature, the flowers can reach up to 5 feet in height. They are descendants of a similar thistle plant known as the cardoon,…

Regarding Beauty

Beauty has been a recurring theme in these writings of mine – it’s a concept constantly slipping away from any final definition. Andrew Wyeth, “Frostbitten” (1962), watercolor on paper (Private Collection. © Andrew Wyeth) In his book Why Beauty is Key to  Everything Alan Moore writes: I have always been fascinated by beautiful things: architecture, furniture, books.  Beautiful…

Regarding Hendrick Avercamp

Here is the text I planned to talk about in my last post, Michael Glover’s great little essay on Avercamp’s: Winter Landscape with Skaters – hereby recommended!   Winter Landscape with Skaters is a 1608 oil on oak painting by the Dutch artist Hendrick Avercamp in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. * Many of Glover’s fine essays on art can be found…

things I do for love

I am testing my  watercolours; types and shades I have already told you (several times – yes, I know!), that I haven’t been drawing for almost 30 years – AND regarding watercolours: I am a novice. So there is much – VERY MUCH – for me to investigate. Today I have been especially interested in…

what do we talk about –

– when we talk about beauty? Here is a question for you: Is it at all possible to talk about beauty as a defined or delimited concept? Let me show you some examples of art usually described as beautiful. Do these works have a common quality of any sorts – a quality which could be…

my favorite house painter

I just read this great text over at Gwarlingo. Michelle starts by quoting Samuel Mockbee, saying: “Everyone, rich or poor, deserves a shelter for the soul.”  In my opinion, no one portray houses quite like Hanne Borchgrevink. And after pondering about the quote above, it suddenly struck me that it seems to be the soul…