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Geewillingkinwinkins – The World Reimagined!

The first painting you see as you walk into the ‘Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond’ MoMA exhibition now showing at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth is Van Gogh’s ‘The Olive Trees’.

Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background

Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My left brain must have been in full motion as my mind was surprised by the solidity of the unrealistic, opaque, creamy white balls of cloud, the dullness of the blue of the Mediterranean sky and the trees below it.  Sacrebleu!!  I mentally washed my mind out with soap and water as I kept looking.

Although not as colourful as reproductions and writings had led me to believe the artist’s intention began to filter through.  The rhythms of the brush strokes and the harmony of the colours started to convey life, movement and a living force connecting all things in nature.

I began to understand the theme of the exhibition ‘The World Reimagined’.  At first sight the exhibition may appear to be a disparate collection of 130 works by 96 artists covering landscape, still life and portraiture over more than a hundred years.  The common thread seems to be that across the decades each artist has inherited, rejected / developed and communicated innovative responses to their worlds through imagination.

There is certainly plenty to see, plenty to ponder and plenty of inspiration!  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed If you can get to see it.  You can find out more here.

I’ll let Mark Twain have the last word – again!

The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect.

MARK TWAIN, Joan of Arc

🙂
Helen

Geewillingkinwinkins! What about commitment?!

When I started this blog I committed to posting at least once a week.  It’s been FOUR weeks since my last post!  I know that the world has kept spinning and it’s likely that no-one noticed but it hasn’t stopped my angst from week to week.

My excuses have been many and varied but none alleviated my guilt at breaking a promise to myself, as much as to anyone out there ‘in the ether’.  Seeking absolution I searched the net for comforting quotes, however those found just hammered the nail in deeper – except for this one by dear Mark Twain:

To make a pledge of any kind is to declare war against nature; for a pledge is a chain that is always clanking and reminding the wearer of it that he is not a free man.

– 
Following the Equator

Now I’m tempted to change the wording on my About page and renege on my commitment… but I think I’d still feel the clanking of that chain!  So I’ll leave it as is for now – and I’ll leave you with an extract from an article by Patrica Watwood who did this beautiful oil painting in response to asking herself ‘why keep doing it?’:

Faith in the Wilderness

Faith In The Wilderness by Patricia Watwood

This painting is called Faith in the Wilderness and in many ways it is an autobiographical allegory about my motives for painting. The graffiti says “We walk by faith, not by sight.” The model is the unattainable beauty of “perfect” painting. The landscape is the urban jungle that is the world that I inhabit every day. Faith is what I need to traverse the distance between the hope and the reality of being an oil painting artist. The wilderness is many faceted—uncertain prospects, an uncharted course, the complex art world, or even just the passage across that expanse of cheek between the nose and ear that always seem almost impossible to paint, no matter how many times I’ve done it. Patrica Watwood

You can read her full article here.  It’s worth it!

🙂
Helen

 

Geewillinkinwinkings – So Much Bad News!

Bombings, earthquakes, abductions, shootings, climate change, financial disasters, unemployment and more – day after day we become aware of bad news from around the world.

It’s hard to keep perspective, let go of those things over which we have no control and remember good things happen too!  I must admit I had to force my mind to focus but I found a few examples that I hope will brighten your day.

A quote from Mark Twain

‘When we remember we are all mad, mysteries disappear and life stands explained.’

Earth Day

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Google’s animated and interactive doodles often brighten my day and today’s reminds us it is Earth Day and that each of us can make a difference.  See how here.

Love In Action

Mastiff dog adopts orphan Orangutan.

Facebook

Yes, Facebook!  Admittedly some people use Facebook to let us know too regularly of their digestive problems in too much detail and some use it to sell, sell, sell – but in my world the majority focus on sharing all the good things we’ve come across or that have happened to us lately.  Hope it works for you too.

Art Websites

So many inspiring sites and blogs out there.  Just a few I visit regularly are Lines and Colors, Doodlers Anonymous, and Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast – why stop at 6?!

A post with no paintings!!  I’ll do better next time.  Until then,

Hooroo,
🙂
Helen