Friday, July 31, 2009

Powersources - and collaboration!

Powersource, the final version. I made very slight adjustments to the foreground and distant ground.

And as happens from time to time, a connection via internet brought me to the blog of Stu Hatton, an English poet, writer, editor living in Australia. And there I came across this perfect poem. Stu graciously gave me permission to post his words with my image - and in January 2010 to post A train, outbound (2007), next to the painting in my show as featured artist at the Sautee-Nacoochee Gallery.

A train, outbound (2007)

It takes minutes to leave the city. But to leave the city, mentally…
There are always nervous questions prior to departure. You must peel these off.
See this industrial district? It has fled nature.
Likewise I sometimes believe writing is an avoidance; you opt
for a conversation with yourself. Living very far apart.

The houses have satellite dishes as standard; ears to the wind.
Powerline towers, like posts of an enormous fence. These are and are not life-conductors.

Fields in which to expand, cease? As if cities were centres of forgetting.
Gazing out the window, I swim the wild grass.
- Stu Hatton Published in Shadowtrain #23, October 2009.

Powersource 24 x 24 acrylic on deep cradle panel

I'm thinking rain. I'm wishing rain. We're needing rain. If I paint it, will it come?

Apparently so... After nearly six weeks - and with rain all around me - finally a few showers overhead. It's tough to see anvil clouds, hear the thunder and drive through rain within a mile or so - only to arrive home to the same old dust and dusty drab brown, brown grass in one's own yard and pasture. But it began to rain here yesterday not long after I finished this painting...

My photo above sort of cut off the bottom so here's a "fisheye" shot with the entire panel. The tilting of the pole in the distance is a trick of the camera. I swear it's not like that on the actual painting. I'd love to get a better digital camera - one that can do close-up and details and not cause so much distortion. It's on my wish-list along with a new van, a trip to the beach, and enough treated lumber to build a pergola. (heh)

I'd love to hear whether anyone thinks I need "stuff" in the distant landscape. The artists at the gallery were giving me a lot of grief about that vast empty horizon. I'm unsure. This one will cure while I contemplate.

Any suggestions?


Kathi said...

Your painting is beautiful just the way it is! I think the lack of "stuff" in the background makes the clouds and rain even more effective!
You are SO gifted! I love your art!

Roy said...

I don't know; for me, cluttering up the horizon with "stuff" would take away from the focus on that cloud and the rain it's trailing. I'd leave it alone; it's great as is!

willow said...

I love the simplicity of just the rural telephone poles and lines. It's an N.C. Wyeth sky complete with rain! I agree, it's wonderful like it is.

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

This is a beautiful painting. Very strong. I can see the rain coming.
Great piece!

Paula Cravens said...

For me, the painting is about the power of the clouds. I don't think you need "staffage" figures in the landscape. I think they would detract from the cloud. I am learning to smile graciously when people give me "advice"and then just do what I think best.

Anonymous said...

It's just right just the way it is - lots of power and dignity as it stands, without "stuff".

DJ said...

For my two cents, honey, it's YOUR statement!
Tell everyone else to paint their own clutter.

Emily said...

really nice piece check out my drawings

Anonymous said...

Patrice,let the clouds rain as they are, I say. Beautiful.

Ima Wizer said...

NO stuff! Get into another owners are frustrated artists whose work is not good enough to show....don't ever forget that. They are not there to critique but to appreciate the art, whatever it is.
This painting is wonderful and the gallery is WRONG!

GetSoiled said...

I know I am late to write about this post...but I just thought of the difference of the ocean as 1. a busy port with too much overwhelming the senses...versus, 2. an empty beach...the weather just cool enough, one alone with one's thoughts...see where I am going with this comparison?

Plus, if you painted it this way,if it poured out of your soul like this, then it is perfect, just perfect.

Trust me, if I could afford to buy it like this I would. I SO would!

I say, leave it, it will make someone's space a very contemplative and peaceful area soon...

Stu said...

This one speaks to me too.

Actually I have a prose poem based on notes from a train journey which mentions powerlines in the landscape:

Stu said...

Hi Patrice,

Not sure if you saw the post I made in response to yours on my blog.

I'd be honoured if you placed 'A train, outbound' alongside 'Powersource'. Truly honoured. :)

Would you mind if I include a graphic of the painting (with attribution and a link) alongside the poem on my blog?

Best wishes,