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Friday, April 29, 2011

Baaaa.....d to the bone...

Reverence   oil on canvas   30 x 40 x .75
This month I have been painting a sheep.  Yes, a sheep.  Massive.  A gentle giant.  Painting animals makes me feel serene and complete.  It helps me to understand just where we fit into the grand scheme....that we are a small part of the world in which we live.  My goals were to render the wool in a general way and to merge the sheep shape into the surrounding ground.  The gestalt.  The overall sheep feel.  I felt reverence as I painted.  Respect.  Admiration.

The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all.  This puts one in accord with nature in her manner of operation......John Cage

One who lives in accordance with nature does not go against the way of things.  He moves in marmony with the present moment always knowing the truth of just what to do......Lao Tzu (Tao de Ching)