Reality and Imagination in Painting
Artistic and poetic licenses give permission to those of us
who choose to stray from the path and let our imaginations take
over. Leonardos view on our augmenting reality is summarized
by his statement that painting embraces not only the works
of nature but also infinite things that nature never created.
Once I painted a landscape that included unbroken stripes of
clouds gently arcing the horizon. It felt right, so I left them
to their stripy-ness. Then one day, in a valley in the south
of France, I saw those stripe-clouds and smiled.
Last year, I worked on an ink piece and drew a flower outline.
Its petals offered small areas to let my imagination go wild.
It felt right.
Two months ago, in Paris at a Jeu de Paume exhibition of photographs
by Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897 1966), I came upon this
Once again, Nature had the last laugh this succulent
plants unusual 5-lobed (foul-smelling) flower already
existed. Hats off to Nature, who got there first with this fabulous