Looking at a picture like this one of a female cardinal, it is very hard not to attribute a human behavior to her. This beautiful bird with her glorious coloration – I mean look at those amazing “eyebrows” – is definitely speaking her mind about something, right? I don’t think we can help but see the image that way, it is human nature.
This new piece will be limited to 100 archival pigment giclee prints in the size of 8″x10″. It is available on my website HERE
I’m currently reading two books on aesthetics which I find fascinating. I’m still at the beginnings of both books but already they have me contemplating the “why” of art more deeply. As an artist I create from a relish for nature, a relish for beauty, a relish for life. It is a consciousness raising experience and one that lifts my humanity. I respond to natural beauty through aesthetic experience and translate that into my own interpretation, striving to create something beautiful in itself. When I respond to a field of grass aesthetically, I’m not trying to recreate that field. What I am doing is trying to relate my unique aesthetic experience of that field to a viewer so that they may feel about it the way I did.
If I am successful with my creation then I have affected some response in the viewer which raises their consciousness and relish for life as well.
Winter I believe, is the most unique of the seasons visually. Winter has a mood that is just totally different from Spring, Summer, or Fall. There is a starkness of course, but also a more spiritual essence. Maybe its the harshness of the season, the historical struggle associated with it that makes us look upon it with awe. Most of us survive winters quite effectively now which may make it easier to look upon it with a sense of beauty rather than dread.
We are still dealing with one of the harsher winters we’ have had in this part of Pennsylvania, and this past ice storm has impacted both family and friends (who are still without power!). I don’t mind saying though that this ice event has transformed the landscape in a way that I find as beautiful as any natural event I’ve ever witnessed.
I sometimes find subjects of great beauty the most difficult from which to create compelling imagery. I may be more satisfied by creating beauty from “ordinary” subjects. How does one interpret great beauty without representing the obvious. And when the whole landscape is encased in crystal, how do you allow yourself enough time in any one location when the rest of the world is calling you to it?
All I can do is try to relax, breath, stay in the moment, and dig deep within to determine what it is that I find so thrilling about light coming through ice, shaped around trees, and refracting every color of the rainbow! Alright, that sounds impossible……….maybe it is?