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Red Rose Painting   Leave a comment

Rose Sunset kenneRed Rose Painting — Photo-Artistry by kenne

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

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

White Rose Photo-Artistry   3 comments

White Rose-0012-1-Edit-2 art blogWhite Rose Photo-Artistry by kenne 

“One eye sees, the other feels.”

― 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   8 comments

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Usually, I spend a lot of time trying to learn more to better understand 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 full 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 of 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 are 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 seems to see in the angel the despair many of us feel in our not being able to help the victims of yet 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

— kenne

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

Angel In Vortex   Leave a comment

Abstract I 6-11-09 II Angel In The Vortex blogAngel In Vortex — Image by kenne

“The angel comes with windy upward drafts, with transcendental longings; the duende arrives with demonic undertow, with downdrafts of emotion. Both are fundamental inner disturbances, fissures of being, ways of putting the self at risk, liberating figures. They are extremities of human imagination. There is a place on the endangered shoreline where they seem to meet, and where they may be indistinguishable from each other.

. . . Rilke wrote: ‘Works of art always spring from those who have faced the danger, gone to the very end of an experience, to the point beyond which no human being can go. The further one dares to go, the more decent, the more personal, the more unique a life becomes.”‘

 — from The Demon and The Angel; Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration, by Edward Hirsch

“Man’s ability to measure the spiritual, earthbound, and cosmic, set against his physical helplessness is his fundamental tragedy. The tragedy of spirituality.”

— Paul Klee

Capturing The Moment — “Bareass” Image #9   Leave a comment

Bare Ass Framed blog“Bareass” — Image #9″ by kenne

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

 Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature. I prefer to see with closed eyes.” 
– Josef Albers

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On The Memorial Day, 2013 — Looking Back To 2003   Leave a comment

KleeAngelusNovisFramedAngelusNovis by Paul Klee

The invasion of Iraq began March 19, 2003. On this Memorial Day I share a piece I wrote in January of 2003.) 

Freedom doesn’t come without a price,
an individual’s price
can very greatly
depending on his/her
color, wealth and power.  

I served during the Viet Nam era. 
On the day I was drafted,
so too were two other young men.
They are not alive today. 

There are others I knew
that paid the greatest price,
which is how many of us
put a face on Viet Nam War. 

For many Americans
going to war in Iraq
needs to have a face,
a face of those who have already died
from this war between bullies.* 

During my duty in the Army
I had a top secret-crypto clearance.
I began to become aware
of the difference between
what citizens are told as fact
and what was the truth. 

The Army told me we live and die
by international law and standards,
by the Rules of the Geneva Convention,
but we lie.  

We expect others to live
by international laws,
not us.  

Just because a bully in Iraq
doesn’t believe in international laws
shouldn’t mean that we lower
ourselves to the bully’s level. 
We are better than that!  

The lesson I have learned is that
it’s always a mistake
to believe your own lies. 

Yes, Sadam is a tyrant.
However, he should be
treated as such through
the international justice system. 
He should be replaced
by elected leaders,
not a regime that is ours. 

Remember,
it wasn’t that long ago
that Sadam was our bully.   

As the most powerful country
in the history of the world,
we have an obligation
to use our power with
constraint and with justice,
to lead by example
so that other countries
will not take unilateral action
against another country
simply for preëmptive reasons. 

We are better than that! 

Let’s show respect to our position
of power and greatest
by leading and supporting diplomacy
and the rule of law,
not the rule of vigilantism. 

Peace.

kenne 

*(note — we have been at war,
with Iraq since we have
been bombing them

daily for years now,
which we justified
by our own
unilateral action,
not International law,
or the UN.)

toles-ask notTom Toles/The Washington Post

Deciphering Visible And Hidden Meanings.   1 comment

Thanksgiving 2012 OceansideBride & Bridesmaids On Oceanside Pier — Image by kenne

Some may call me a photographer,
having an eye for the moment
always looking for the duende.

Catching the edge of life
creating a visual narrative
of what was, what is and will be.

Every moment I capture
starts a journey from
what I found to what found me.

Many layers blending together
shaping a visual attitude
as of my mind’s eye —

Poetry without words,
an expression of existence
in life’s fleeting moments.

Looking for photos within a photo
Catching what others see
Through their camera’s eye.

Having a camera is not
a photographer to be
without being drunk with life —

A passion to do something
without knowing what or why,
making the invisible, visible.

Forming a communication circuit
laminating a soulful spirit
linking an image with viewer —

As with Klee’s quirky angels
where we try deciphering
visible and hidden meanings.

kenne

Thanksgiving 2012 Oceanside“View From Above” — Image by kenne

 

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