Great painting is like Bach’s music, in texture closely woven, subdued like early tapestries, no emphasis, no climaxes, no beginnings or endings, merely resumptions and transitions, a design so sustained that there is no effort in starting and every casual statement is equally great.
N. C. Wyeth’s last letter to his son Andrew, Feb 16, 1944
As I bring today’s “cave activities” to a close, I feel a touch of sadness. I’ve been playing and replaying a DVD of Andrew Wyeth’s work: Self-Portrait: Snow Hill. I still remember January 16, 2009, the day I stood at my school computer, and saw on the day’s news that Andrew Wyeth had passed away. It was not unexpected, he was aged and in poor health. I had known that. But my eyes filled with tears, as they still do when I listen to this DVD play, and realize that there will be no more work coming from his hand. He has been the life-force of my art throughout most of my life, and yet I didn’t venture into a drybrush still life until four years after his passing. Now, I cannot seem to let it go, I am so absorbed in the dynamics that play when eyeing an object in light and shadow, and trying to reproduce it on a white rectangle before me.
This has been quite an explosive day in the Man Cave. I’m not used to plowing through so many watercolors, attempting to bring them to conclusions. But it’s been quite a ride, and I’m glad I did it. Tomorrow starts another weary round of school, and it is time to change gears, to pay my dues.
Thanks for reading. And thanks especially to all of you who have been following me throughout this day, posting your “likes” and “comments”. I appreciate every encouraging word and gesture.
I paint in order to remember.
I journal because I am alone.
I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.