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Tuesday, September 1, 2009


October Quince   watercolor   19 x 9.5

My painting process requires chaos. When there isn't enough of it on my canvas, I create some by the purposeful destruction of passages that are too sweet, too precious. The problem solving that is a by-product of this process is intellectually stimulating. The end result is sometimes visually un-readable. But sometimes the picture contains more, and becomes larger, than the original intention. This is a very precarious walk between illusion, chaos and reality. We have to be able to see between the lines and to take in all that is presented to us....not just the good stuff. "October Quince" is a chaotic painting. Most of the ones that I do of nature have that same feeling. Painting them helps me deal with life's chaos as well. Our quince bush is a force to reckoned with, especially during mowing. Its long spikes are outthrust like tiny weapons. But in October, it burgeons with the most aromatic fruits. It is also a wonderful fortress for our tiny feathered friends.

Carl Sagan said: It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.