Sunday, December 05, 2010

those who wait


I visited with my dear friends Lisa and Mike this weekend: there's no one like the friends who love you and who you love for getting you back to yourself.
I haven't painted, except for a little very unsatisfying mushing about, for nearly three months, but Mike insisted we paint. So this morning we set up this little still life, clementines and a ceramic pitcher with a gorgeous coppery glaze and a wonderful shape.
Mike's limited-palette painting, below, has imbued the objects with a beautiful humility and earthy sensuality that makes me think of Chinese brush painting.


Fortuitously, the day before I went on my visit, Rhonda kindly sent me a great link, which really helped me think about what was keeping me from painting and how to get back to it: Thank you again, Rhonda!

by Walt Whitman

Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost,
No birth, identity, form—no object of the world.
Nor life, nor force, nor any visible thing;
Appearance must not foil, nor shifted sphere confuse thy brain.
Ample are time and space—ample the fields of Nature.
The body, sluggish, aged, cold—the embers left from earlier fires,
The light in the eye grown dim, shall duly flame again;
The sun now low in the west rises for mornings and for noons continual;
To frozen clods ever the spring's invisible law returns,
With grass and flowers and summer fruits and corn.
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cathyswatercolors said...

Luminous, Glad your back!

Barbara M. said...

All I can say is welcome back. Yay for Robert Genn, and yay for you.

The blues -- artistic blues hit everyone. Painting in the company of kind friends is a great idea. Please keep painting. I love your work.


Gwen Buchanan said...

Absolutely beautiful, Laura... .. such Luscious watery color !!! it is in your blood...

Cathy Gatland said...

I get Robert Genn's newsletters, and I thought of you when I read that one (I thought of me too, so inactive since my last stimulating workshop!)- so glad Rhonda sent it on, and great that Mike got you to put brush to paper. What a good friend, and lovely watercolours!

Jeanette said...

Beautiful light and colour. Artists are never far from creating, we just need a break sometimes.

Diana said...

lovely painting, love the colors and your looseness. glad you are back! Diana

RHCarpenter said...

This painting you did, Laura, brought tears to my eyes - it's soooooo beautiful!!! Luminous, yes, that's the word. I'm so glad you have folks there pushing you back to us :) and glad the RGenn newsletter helped.

Carol Blackburn said...

Stunning Laura, so glad you are back in the swing of things. I was in a slump too until I saw the red barn photo on Margaret Bednar's blog and just had to paint it. Hope you'll stop by for a peek. Happy painting!

Shelby said...

Luminous IS the word - it glows, as do your descriptions of getting back to painting, Laura. We artists seem to get caught up in thinking we must put in time every week, and produce...Well, we don't! The creative mind (especially yours)is at work all the time, vetting, preparing, whether we have brush in hand or not.

Anonymous said...

I love the way you captured the look of the copper and the reflections of the clementines. I'd love to know what colors you used. Your watercolors always have such a lovely luminosity. It's good to take a break every now and then to regroup. You came back with a stunner.

A Brush with Color said...

OMG, that is stunning, Laura! Wow. What a beautiful post all around. I love both your paintings, and I'd say "all things DO come to those who wait." I popped in periodically to see if you were out and about, but this is certainly well worth the wait. That's just really a stunning painting. Take a bow!

debwardart said...

Love this pitcher; the reflection is perfect - beautifully loose and fresh.

Sandra said...

Beautiful paintings and such intense colours too :0)

jane minter said...

this sings laura .. really beautiful


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