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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Returning to an earlier issue, that of metaphoric relating of non-human objects, consider a just-completed rendering theme/titled "Mother Lode"... originally it was to include two figures, one on the right, seated on a flat rock, seated away but face turned to viewer, and the other a pregnant woman to the left of the trunk, facing to the light offstage to the left.... in addition, there was to be a far background of distant islets into the open sea.... only the tree remains, tho a shoot now occupies where the seated figure was to be, and a small sapling may yet rise where the pregnant woman was to be..... why the change? and what of an alternative with the two figures both being pregnant and over the hill edge, each on the outside of the trunk, and the islets off in the distance? and theme/titling that one "The Birthing Tree"..... by not having figures in the present work, has the metaphor of the theme/title bemissed? or has it become more inclusive and obstuse at the same time? is the distant background actually needed, or would it merely be an additive if little real consequence in the theme/titling? what if in the present one, there are several more saplings over the ledge? or would that be an un-necessary additive? what of the idea being considered of having a flock of distant birds forming the not done outline area of another leaves area below the ones on the right of the tree? in other words, would adding fauna to flora increase the value of the metaphoric relating?

Sunday, May 20, 2007

One of the notions being presented by many is the issue of beauty - in that to include only the perfection of form within a work is not to be faithful to reality.... however, this precludes the nature of art to begin with - it is not a recorder of reality, for that is the business of the photographer... its purpose is to show, to present the essence of that which is important to the artist - the fundamentality of the nature of the world around the artist, a striving to look up to, in the same essential manner the Greeks did with their sculptures... it is as such the same with beauty contests, which actually strive to present in a person the essence of a kind, a personification as it were of the best within a person, overtly physically, and invertly the implication that the mind is of equal value and humanness as the figure... as such, for the spiritual visualizer, it is the essence of the quality wanted for the works which determines the specific perfections sought in the renderings....
Consider, for instance, another projected idea - the backyard patio of a hilltop place, with two crossleggedly sitting women, one facing the viewer, the other facing the first.... the one on the right, who faces the other, is gesturing, and the other is with one hand about to apply to a board in front of her, and with the other holding the hand as if requesting a pausing in the gesturing.... but the gesturing one is blind.... this midground, behind the foreground of a large tree offset to the left, is in color..... around the background, as if within a crater wall, in blue undercoating, is the vision being presented by the blind one to the other who is putting it on the board - a canyon city...... the theme/title - "Re-Creation"...... the original idea was that of a pair of heavy-set twins, not fat, but more ample than the usual slim trim athletic kind, each very beautiful in their fullness..... but what if a different set were chosen - not twins, perhaps, or teenagers, or different sexes, or dark skinned - each of which would present a slightly different metaphoric relating than the others...... which, then, to choose - and why?