Thursday, April 2, 2009
The last time I did this old farm shed, I wondered why I was attracted to it. Yesterday I read an excerpt from Karl Rahner who described himself as "the abandoned hut of my poor, dim earthly life." Old fallen down barns and ruined sheds are like ourselves in a sense: human structures, with character and many stories, still attractive though in need of repair, and maybe a new life. I remember reading that Wolf Kahn does not want to be known as a painter of barns. He manages to see them for what they really are: human structures that when viewed with imagination and compassion present an opportunity, in Kahn's case, to release a powerful and colorful vision. By the way, this pastel is 8x10 on colourfix paper.