Thursday, February 17, 2011

Park Road Intersection and "The Case"

A version in color: 8x10 pastel over washes.

Annie Dillard writes in The Writing Life: "Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?"

Substitute the word painting for writing:
"Paint as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you paint for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin painting if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?" I may fall short.

7 comments:

Double "D" said...

Hi Bob,

I think you've got it.
I like the color version just
as much as the charcoal drawing.
Nice

Doug

loriann said...

Hi Bob,
It sure makes you look at life/painting in a whole different way. I know exactly what he means after my recent surgery. Awakening.
I too like both the color and value works.-loriann

Bob Lafond said...

Doug, Thanks. I knew I hit it with this one. I just have to do it again.

Loriann, I did think of you just a bit when I read these words by Annie Dillard. Keep up that sharp and fresh memory.

Nika said...

Wow. Great painting. Striking words. Everything is terminal and endless at the same time.

Bob Lafond said...

Nika, Thanks.

Randall David Tipton said...

Bob, you rarely fall short.

Bob Lafond said...

Randall, Thank you.