Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Creek Entrance and George Inness

Anyone who has wandered down River Drive will recognize this old wall at the bridge over the creek that flows into the Delaware River. Again pastel over acrylic prepared Wallis paper.

I have been reading George Inness and the Visionary Landscape by Adrienne Baxter Bell. I knew there was something else going on in his landscapes, but I didn't realize the depth of his religious perception of landscape. Also his deliberate going-after suggestiveness in his handling of paint. Here's a wonderful quote in the book from William James, apropos of nothing directly with Inness, "We may be in the universe as dogs and cats are in our libraries, seeing the books and hearing the conversation, but having no inkling of the meaning of it all." Actually, my guess would be that cats and dogs might have a better sense of the universe than people.

5 comments:

SamArtDog said...

Nice reflected light keeps the wall open.

Dogs and cats don't even think about the universe; they are the universe.

Bob Lafond said...

Sam, The wall's open also because it's cracked. I tried to log into comcat.net. Didn't work. If dogs and cats are the universe, where does that leave you and me?

One Step Away said...

Nice! And, like the accents in the lower right corner.

SamArtDog said...

Paying for the food.
And learning more about love from them.
Good deal all around.

Bob Lafond said...

Steve, Thank you. I noticed after finishing it how the wall crack reflected in reverse the tree above, as well as connecting the top and bottom.

Sam, We have two cats who take the food for granted.