Points of Connection

February 6, 2015



People imagine that artists like each other.


I connect with other artists as much as I connect with the rest of the population. Pressed to paint with a wide brush, I might admit I sometimes find artists more prickly and defensive.


If anything, I’m attracted to writers. Marilynne Robinson’s novels (Gilead, Home)feel more aligned with what I am doing in the studio than the work of most painters. Robinson has a worldview that seems profoundly positive, but that acknowledges the heartache of life, and her work brings me a lot of solace. We both seem to like to absorb the energy of someone mindfully slicing bread.


I went to see Mr.Turner last night; about 19th century English artist William Turner, the one famous for his increasingly abstract paintings of sea and sky. 


On the way home my husband (writer) did a feature length monologue about all the things he disliked about this movie, that it left him cold, disjointed.


I had to agree. 


I’ve never been attracted to Turner’s work, but I was eagerly anticipating the textures that make up director Mike Leigh’s palette; awkward intimacies, crooked teeth and other. He made my favorite film Another Year, a film that is such a slow and juicy peeling of the human onion that I can barely recommend it. 


Watching another painter’s life in another period was interesting for its similarities and differences to my own. But with good cinematography, I might just as happily have watched someone putting up wallpaper or making a coffee. 


It appears that what I do every morning is to put paint on board. The real activity is stepping into a particular headspace of warmth, expansiveness and imagining a setting that fits my mood. The quiet internal space is conjuring an aesthetic that mixes loneliness, and the swelling of our private internal worlds. 


That is the intersection where I might meet up with anyone; good listeners, jam makers, people who gaze out the window of the bus. 



Please reload

Recent Posts

August 22, 2020

July 16, 2020

May 7, 2020

April 29, 2020

October 28, 2019

September 22, 2019

July 30, 2019

February 11, 2019

January 9, 2019

Please reload

Please reload

Search By Tags
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square