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Arrival   Leave a comment

Joy Makeup-2-Edit-2-art-72Arrival — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Arrival

And yet one arrives somehow, 
finds himself loosening the hooks of 
her dress 
in a strange bedroom— 
feels the autumn 
dropping its silk and linen leaves 
about her ankles. 
The tawdry veined body emerges 
twisted upon itself 
like a winter wind . . . !

— William Carlos Williams

Entering A World Of Color   1 comment

two-tailed swallowtail butterfly art blogTwo-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly Entering a World of Color — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Color possesses me.
I don’t have to pursue it.
It will possess me always, I know it.
That is the meaning of this happy hour:
Color and I are one.
I am a painter.

— Paul Klee

Shapes In Search Of Their Void   Leave a comment

Bernhardt Winery Ezra Charles 5-31-09Shapes In Search Of Their Void — Abstract art by kenne

“The more horrifying the world becomes, the more art becomes abstract.”

– Paul Klee

Thimble Peak   Leave a comment

december-snow_20111215_0859-thimble-peak-blogThimble Peak — Computer Painting by kenne

Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.

— Paul Klee

Again, I Turn To Paul Klee   7 comments

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Normally, I spend a lot of time trying to learn more in order to better understand the human existence. But, every now and then I turn to what I already know and have experienced, from which there is still much to learn. Just taking the time to listen to the music, enjoy art and read books I have -– taking the time to internalize the magic of the music, carefully read the depth of the words and looking anew at that which makes the “visible” visible. Why seek more without first making use of what I already have. Plus, what good is life without making complete use of what we already have, because life is given only once.

When I do turn to my already gathered knowledge and experience, especially in times unspeakable destruction that impales our future, I frequently turn to one of the most creative minds of the 20th century, Paul Klee. The title of this blog, “Becoming is Superior to Being” is a Klee quote.

Among Klee’s paintings is a series of angels. Like in one of his most famous, “Angelus Novus,” Klee’s angels are very fragmented creatures, appearing very elusive. Walter Benjamin was so taken by Angelus Novus that he bought the painting. In his interpretation of the painting, Benjamin seem to see in the angel the despair many of us feel in our not being able to help the victims of let another unjust war. Benjamin wrote:

“A Klee painting named “Angelus Novus” shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned towards the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling up ruin upon ruin and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which its back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.”

“Art does not reproduce the visible, rather it makes visible.”

—Paul Klee

“Listen to what you see
You are blind to what you hear
Listen to what you see
Do not fear the truth beneath
Reach for roots beneath the trees
Listen to the words you seek
Don’t listen to a word they say
Do NOT listen to a word you’ve heard
Do not listen to a word you’ve heard
People are people we live for our own
Live how you think not by what you’ve been told. . .”

Justin Nozuka – Don’t Listen to a Word You’ve Heard

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CA_62068_RR01Little Dune Picture by Paul Klee — The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas

“In immanence, I am ungraspable.”

— Paul Klee

Wisdom of Art III   1 comment


Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterflies (6 of 6) grunge art blogWisdom of Art III” Computer art by kenne

The main thing now is not to paint precociously but to be,
or at least become, an individual.
The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression,
whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.

— Paul Klee

There’s A Poster On The Wall   2 comments

Klee Poster (1 of 1) enhanced blog“Becoming is Superior to Being” — Paul Klee (An early 1970’s gift from Larry J. Bailey)

There’s a poster on the wall,
been there for many years.

A gift from a mentor and friend
that expressed better than I

who I was and who I was to become.
Five words of existential thought

always there providing direction
and guidance to envision the

future by not relinquishing the
task to a professional elite.

— kenne

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