oil painter, lithographer, printer, draftsman, teacher
Fremont Center, New York
Songs of Experience
Today’s Feature Image:
Cabbage Field, oil on board, 6″ x 8″
I love the quality of this giant cabbage in a community garden. It stands at the front of the row in blue-green regalia against a field of old corn.
The 20 paintings of Songs of Experience:
Songs of Experience, an exhibit of small works called ‘pochades,’ a French term that means a small, quickly executed painting done from life.
I have called my series Songs of Experience after William Blake’s poems of the same name, not because they are necessarily about Blake’s ideas, but the titled captured something I have been after lately: the dynamic immediacy of an elusive moment. These transient moments strike me with a profound sense of magnitude, yet pass so quickly that they feel dream-like. In these evocative landscapes I’m inspired to paint as I imagine Whitman would be to compose a ballad or song.
The French word for song is ‘songe’. This word means both a musical song and dream or reverie. A ‘Songe’ acts as a threshold to a new experience unfolding within the viewer. ‘Songe’ has the power to carry one to a place of exploration where those more elusive emotions, that hang on the edge of being spoken or dreamed, find a voice. As Gaston Bachelard states it, “The imagination invents more than things and actions, it invents new life, new spirit; it opens eyes to new types of vision. It gives us a feeling of youth or youthfulness by replenishing our faculty of wonderment.” (On Poetic Imagination and Reverie,p.16)
I invite you to enjoy these songs from my experience. Small as they are, I believe they capture a fullness that is complete.
Video: Plein air painting of Rocks and Reflections at Skinner’s Falls
Give the gift of original artwork this holiday.
All images in Songs of Experience are for sale on this website, with significantly marked down holiday prices. Comparable framed images of my work sell for as high as $350 in galleries.
These original paintings are now available for the holidays at $85, plus shipping and handling.
(s+h: $14 lower 48 states, $20 Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada, $35 International)