Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Las Piedras del Cielo
16"x20" oil on linen 2010
"From the top they could make out, apart from the canyon, some small boulders which seemed to be as high as a man. Those who went down and who reached them swore that they were taller than the great tower of Seville."
- Pedro de Casteneda, notes from the Coronado Expedition
"I have heard rumors of visitors who were disappointed. The same people will be disappointed at the Day of Judgment. In fact, the Grand Canyon is a sort of landscape Day of Judgment. It is not a show place, a beauty spot, but a revelation"
- J. B. Priestley
My latest paintings gather thoughts and images of time, history and place. On a day when a federal judge blocks the imposition of a biased law, I post my painting in solidarity with the myriad cultures that call this land home. For the Hopi it is a sacred place called Ongtupqa. Spanish settlers described the Gran Cañón. Many speak of the Grand Canyon as if contemporary residents were the first to feel the power of its great beauty. But the stones themselves seem to speak of the history of time.
Judge Blocks Key Parts of Immigration Law in Arizona
How the Canyon Became Grand
by Stephen J. Pyne
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Die Kathedrale Der Bucher (The Cathedral of Books)
20"x16" oil on linen 2010
I am back from Berlin steeped in imagery and inspiration and new work. Today, books are on my mind as my latest painting was inspired by the Selexyz Dominicanen, a bookstore in Maastricht, the Netherlands, located in a deconsecrated Dominican Church. Also, Michael Krasny interviewed Phil Cousineau about his latest book Wordcatcher which includes over twenty images of my artworks inspired by Phil's marvelous word histories.
Phil Cousineau Catches Words with Michael Krasny