Monday, February 14, 2011

Lone Trekker in a Paintbox

The snow is melting. Hooray! But this image is from when the snow was still deep and new.

In The Writing Life Annie Dillard writes: "A painter cannot use paint like glue or screws to fasten down the world. The tubes of paint are like fingers; they work only if, inside the painter, the neural pathways are wide and clear to the brain. Cell by cell, molecule by molecule, atom by atom, part of the brain changes physical shape to accommodate and fit paint.
You adapt yourself, Paul Klee said, to the contents of the paintbox. Adapting yourself to the contents of the paintbox, he said, is more important than nature and its study. The painter, in other words, does not fit the paints to the world. He most certainly does not fit the world to himself. He fits himself to the paint. The self is the servant who bears the paintbox and its inherited contents. Klee called this insight, quite rightly, 'an altogether revolutionary new discovery.'" I am still working on the meaning of these words.


Darrell Baschak said...

Bob, I have looked at some of your works and really like your choice of subject matter. The comment about the contents of your paintbox is so true!

Bob Lafond said...

Darrell, Thank you. I really appreciate your comment. I am exploring Paul Klee and hope to have more to say about him in the future.