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Picasso's Pitcher, Candle and Enamel Saucepan (1945) 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 08:32 AM
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Picasso's passion and dynamic vision show through even in his depiction of three common objects in Pitcher, Candle and Enamel Saucepan (1945). The figure eight curves of the white pitcher, the triangular side and pentagon top/front of the electric blue saucepan, and the golden cobra twisted around the base of the candle stick provide a virtual race track of shape and line for the eye to skim. Shadows lurk across the picture. You can feel the flickering light in this dark, quiet room as it bounces off the rust colored table top onto the objects above. As the light flickers, the cobra transforms into a french horn with a single valve protruding on the left, underneath the mouthpiece which holds the candle in place.

The flame burns strongly and brightly. The large eye of the pitcher's handle is echoed in the small black wick of the candle's flame. Picasso is sure and confidant as he feeds the viewer what he wishes to be seen.

Sally Porter
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Porter's 109 Degrees & Klee's Ancient Sound, Abstract on Black  
Thursday, March 12, 2009, 07:31 AM - General
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My painting, entitled 109 Degrees, was strongly influenced by Paul Klee's paintings of squares. As a musician, he was aware of the mathematical base of musical harmony,discovered by the ancient Greeks. In Ancient Sound, Abstract on Black, he chose to cover his canvas in squares as a reference to this base and associate it with the music of color.

Similarly, my images in 109 Degrees are a metaphor for the underlying harmony and order of the natural world, represented here by the bee and the honeycomb. The squares in Klee's canvas have been replaced by hexagons in mine. In my painting, a large bee hovering over an orange field of hexagonal honeycomb dominates the canvas.

The bee is about to dive upon a geometrical flower-type, composed of six circles surrounding a central circle of the same size. Black lines, drawn between the circles, extend outward, emphasizing the geometrical abstract nature of this blossom. The flower-type is present as a reference to the origins of the hexagon. It always takes six circles to surround one circle, given the circles are of the same size.

Upon further examination, you notice the number 109 degrees 28 seconds in the open area at the top of the picture. This is an angle measurement. The second number, 70 degrees 32 seconds, represents the complementary angle measurement, which when added to the first, equals 180 degrees or the measure of a straight line. The open area represents the unnameable, higher order of reality where the concept of number and line originate.

The bee can be read as an archetype of all living things, carrying out its daily existence oblivious to the underlying order which supports existence itself.

Sally Porter
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Spotlight on Contemporary Painter Kamrooz Aram 
Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 05:00 PM - General
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The contempoary painter in the spotlight for today is Kamrooz Aram. He uses some Iranian carpet patterns in his work, among other things. Very nice! You can see his work at www.kamroozaram.com.

Happy viewing!

Sally Porter
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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.

Sally Porter
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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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