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Plato's Reptilian Form 
Saturday, February 28, 2009, 12:58 PM - General
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Patterns are all around us. They often go unnoticed or ignored. Plato's Reptilian Form is an image whose central character is a Red-eared Slider turtle. I used to have one of these turtles as a pet when I was a child. It was very docile, and I would hold it in the palm of my hand admiring how cute it was.

In the painting, opposite the turtle, is a tiny Komodo Dragon. In nature, Komodo Dragons are usually 8 feet long and have very sharp teeth. They don't mind feeding on humans, and they are very fast runners. In Plato's Reptilian Form, however, the dragon has been shrunk down to size so that the turtle is in control of this meeting. Fear is vanquished. The slider stares down the dragon in a perpetual standoff. Next to the turtle's foot is a mathematical function, f(x)=2, stating both of these animals are expressions of an underlying order.

The reptiles can be read as metaphors for people and controntation of fear. In any confrontation, minimizing the perception of aggression diminishes its power. Look for similarities rather than differences.

Extending the reptilian theme, the marks and shadows in the sand are those of another reptile, the crocodile. Nature is connected, and these connections resonate in the environment.

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Meta Expressionism - Outside of Time 
Thursday, February 26, 2009, 10:02 AM - General
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Paintings, like sixties fashions, can become victims locked into a specific time period. Fashions come and go, and fads in painting come and go. The greatest artistic creations rise above fads into the realm of timelessness. The herd mentality produces fad art. When a painter listens to the self, a process begins which allows freedom to create outside the box.

We are always a product of our times. We cannot escape being creatures of culture, but it is possible to reach outside that boundary. The perimeter of the boundary lies inside the conscious mind. One must look in, not out, to engage this process.

Acquisition of knowledge across disciplines is also important to creating timeless art. Knowledge decreases narrow minded thinking, introducing the pattern of growth and expansion. Knowledge acquired through independent study following one's natural inclinations can be the most powerful.

Knowledge and introspection give power to the artist to manipulate images, etc. for the purpose of creation.

Sally Porter
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Klee's Landscape with Yellow Birds 
Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 08:00 AM - General
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Landscape with Yellow Birds, by Paul Klee, has the charm of a rain forest filled with canaries, cheeping and hopping about colorful enchanted plants in the moonlight. One yellow bird in the bottom center of the picture is only partially in view from the rear as he checks out something on the ground. Another clings upside down to the bottom of a cloud. If you look at the picture upside down, the cloud transforms into a puddle.

In this painting, it is nighttime. Four large, elongated leaves dominate the forest, reflecting the moonlight in an almost transparent, ghost-like white. Even in this rain forest of Klee's creation, we see fir trees, and they look perfectly at home. The beautiful plants and trees in red, puple, blue and green provide the ultimate aviary playground, where we can come and spectate.

This type of painting is what Meta Expressionism is all about. Expressing the world filled with the beings/objects of your choosing, in the colors you wish to use, infused with the consciousness,intellect and emotion of the artist.

Sally Porter
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Portrait of a Lady (1894) by Gustav Klimt 
Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 08:04 AM - General
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Portrait of a Lady (1894) by Gustav Klimt is a very delicate, understated work. The lighting on her face is soft. Her hair is treated softly. The eyes have a slight downward cast. She neither smiles nor frowns. The slight blush of her cheek and tinted lips provide hints of color on a subdued canvas of mostly browns. She sits and thinks while the painter paints.

Notice the slight decoration of her jewelry and on the wall behind. Klimt gives the gem on her ear lobe a subdued sparkle, and the pearl dangles below, suspended, glowing with a soft lustre. Her necklace is composed of multiple rows of tiny beads or shells. Again, there is the soft sheen of the light reflected off the delicate jewerlry. On the wall behind are delicate daisy-like flowers with thin, curly spiral leaves.

Klimt is holding back, and in the understatement, reveals more. He has only started down the path to the full, lush patterning which adorn his mature canvases.


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The Blue Window by Matisse 
Monday, February 23, 2009, 08:49 AM - General
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In The Blue Window, by Matisse, he captures a spring/summer day. The billowy blue foliage of the poofy trees and the rolling blue hills with the single white cloud floating by create an idyllic scene. This room, with the large window, is the perfect spot for dreaming.

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