From the Pacific Northwest – Part XI

Below – From the 17th Annual American Impressionist National Juried Exhibition that is being held this year at the Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland, Washington: David Dibble, “Last Crop.”
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Musings in Autumn: F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

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Canadian Art – Part I: Sheila Kernan

Artist Statement: “With an endless array of fascinating subjects and my camera on hand I am eager to experience, explore, and document my surroundings. Observing each unique environment. I pay close attention to the many different characteristics and subtleties. Absorbing the ambiance. Feeling compelled to reflect my love for such moments. I draw upon sketches, memories and photographic references. Taking a moment to reflect upon many whimsical visions. Reacting with a sense of urgency to describe them. It’s pure delight. Stories spill over onto the canvas with simplicity. Nothing is better than paint gliding across the canvas. A multitude of patterns and reflections form from the paint squishing, oozing and blending together. Surfaces become filled with thick impasto marks, brilliant colours, and flat shapes that fuse and meld together to create conversations. Transcending into a mystical realism that inspires us to see the world in a new and exciting way. My work celebrates a connectedness to our physical and spiritual environments. I believe paintings should be alive. Filled with energy and excitement. They should bring a sense of joy and allow you to reflect upon them. I paint to share with you my understandings of the world. I paint to develop a connection to the world. I paint to emulate the calmness of nature. I paint to create a world where you can choose to let your imagination fill in the gaps. I paint to experience life. The world is breathtaking and I just have to capture it. The possibilities are endless!”

Below – “My Sweet Escape”; “The Perfect Getaway”; “Building Precious Memories”; “My Memories Await”; “I Need to Know.”
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A Poem for Today

“Autumn Grasses”
By Margaret Gibson

In fields of bush clover and hay-scent grass
the autumn moon takes refuge
The cricket’s song is gold

Zeshin’s loneliness taught him this

Who is coming?
What will come to pass, and pass?

Neither bruise nor sweetness nor cool air
not-knowing
knows the way

And the moon?
Who among us does not wander, and flare
and bow to the ground?

Who does not savor, and stand open
if only in secret

taking heart in the ripening of the moon?

Below – Shibata Zeshin: “Autumn Grasses” (two-panel screen) gibson

Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) was an American writer and essayist.

Some quotes from the work of Flannery O’Connor:

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”
“Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.”
“I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted.”
“Accepting oneself does not preclude an attempt to become better.”
“Conviction without experience makes for harshness. ”
“I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.”
“You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission.”
“At its best our age is an age of searchers and discoverers, and at its worst, an age that has domesticated despair and learned to live with it happily.”
“Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going to was never there, and where you are is no good unless you can get away from it. Where is there a place for you to be? No place… Nothing outside you can give you any place… In yourself right now is all the place you’ve got.”
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Canadian Art – Part II: Ken Wallace

Artist Statement: “Meaning in art is increasingly externalised by theoretical constructs that have made it difficult for the viewer to form personal responses. However, human experience is inseparable from nature, therefore landscape painting should be looked at through the duality of both physical existence and the meaning of nature in the subconscious. These landscapes are not of specific locations rather they are representations of the idea of nature for contemplation.”

Below – “New Day, David Bay”; “Aqua Tendrils #1”; “Still Creek Return”; “The Great Heron’s New Site of Contemplation”; “Aqua Oro Tendrils.”
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Musings in Autumn: Lauren DeStefano

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

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A Second Poem for Today

“The Wings of Daylight”
By W. S. Merwin

Brightness appears showing us everything
it reveals the splendors it calls everything
but shows it to each of us alone
and only once and only to look at
not to touch or hold in our shadows
what we see is never what we touch
what we take turns out to be something else
what we see that one time departs untouched
while other shadows gather around us
the world’s shadows mingle with our own
we had forgotten them but they know us
they remember us as we always were
they were at home here before the first came
everything will leave us except the shadows
but the shadows carry the whole story
at first daybreak they open their long wings

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Musings in Autumn: William Allingham

“Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt.”

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American Art: James Lavadour

Artist Statement: “I believe that a painting must stand up on its own without explanation. I think of myself as an abstract action painter. I just happen to see landscape in the abstract events of paint.”

Below – “I Remember Everything”; “Flare”; “Rise”; “Tiger”; “Something in the Air.”

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