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Van Gogh - My Dear (Part 1) 
Friday, May 22, 2009, 01:49 PM
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Vincent Van Gogh has given us tremendous beauty, the kind one feels in the soul. Once he discovered color, he continually delivered the bright, the harmonious, the non-confrontational and non-controversial. The result is a body of work which brings joy, pleasure and tranquility. He chose not to literally paint his personal suffering, but to morph it into creations of peace. His great sensitivity gave him this ability.

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Porter's Three Purple Flowers  
Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 01:43 PM - General
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The painting, Three Purple Flowers, was inspired by one of my trips to Inniswood Gardens. Various smaller plants and one large plant fill the canvas. While the title may suggest the flowers are the main attraction, when viewing the large plant, leaves and all, the flowers take on a less significant role. The leaves suggest the wings of a bird, fluttering and flapping with a rise and fall, while the flowers serve as a head and plumage. The pattern of the broken brushstrokes of light and shadow against the solid ground are important to the personality of the work. Bird imagery in my paintings represents knowledge and freedom.

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That's the way I see it by David Hockney 
Friday, May 8, 2009, 05:18 PM - General
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That's the way I see it by David Hockney is a wonderful book. His writing style is very personal, open and free. He shares his deepest emotions on life, painting and his art. You get a sense of really knowing him when you finish the book. He comes off as both wise and kind, as well as a great painter.

In chapter 4, one of the best chapters, he discusses "How/What You Represent" and "Painting Versus Theory", as well as his experience of the death of his father. There is an ink drawing of his mother on page 135 that inspired me to draw a picture of my own father. In chapter 5, he goes on to talk about "The End of Positivism" and his own interest in the metaphysical.

The specific works selected for this book are not my very favorite Hockneys, but the text is excellent.

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Alex Katz - Interesting 2004 Interview @ thinkingaboutart.blogs.com 
Thursday, May 7, 2009, 12:02 PM - General
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I admire Alex Katz's flat style. Check out a 2004 interview with Alex at thinkingaboutart.blogs.com/art/2004/11/index.html to see some of his comments on art and painting.

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Porter's Birdness with Phyllotaxis  
Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 07:40 AM - General
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My painting, Birdness with Phyllotaxis, is about science, the mystery of the physical universe and hope. The main image in the painting is an image of the fossil of the first bird, Archaeopteryx. The word "birdness" in the painting's title is a nod to Plato's forms and considers the question, "What does it mean to be a bird?" How does anyone or anything become the first of it's kind? One must delve into an infinite regress of the past to find the answer; hence, the mystery.

The diagram of white strokes on the red field is another nod to Plato and the mathematical underpinnings of the universe. With only 21 strokes (8 in one direction and 13 in the other), an image of "Flower" is born. These two numbers are members of the Fibonacci sequence, and forms throughout nature are based on this sequence.

In an emotional reading of the painting, the fossil can be read as death; however, this fossil is simultaneously in the ground and resurrected in the clouds of the painting. The hummingbirds also undergo transformation in the image, from an outline to a complete bird body. We transform our reality every moment with the daring to dream.

Sally Porter
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