Paintings I love #1

As I said recently, I’m really enjoying and being inspired by paintings, so I’ve decided to start sharing my favourite ones here.

I know it’s far from ideal to view paintings online (as opposed to in the flesh), but if it weren’t for the artists sharing them online, we might never get to see them at all.

Here are some recent favourites:

Snow Clouds Approaching, Burbage Moor’—Kristan Baggaley
Oakland at Night’—William Cricket
Think Pink’—Kathleen Hartman
Snow on the Marsh’—Lesley Williams
Light’—Kameko Madere
Blue’—Devendra Dhakad
Sunrise’—Deborah Tilby
shadowboxing’—William Kocher
Chinatown en Plein Air In The Rain May 2012’—Ng Woon Lam, via Flicker

A few of these I discovered via Artisan Creative (thanks!), but where I can, I’ve linked to an official version of them, ideally on the artist’s site.

Let me know in the comments if you like a particular one, and why.

Poetry and the death of culture

We are a people now illiterate in a way that is unprecedented for the human race. We can decipher linguistic signs on a page, but we have no songs and immemorial stories in our hearts.—Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

This paints a pretty bleak picture, but I think it’s probably accurate.

The question is, how do we get those stories and songs back? How do we work them into the soil of culture again?

I’m reading Makoto Fujimura’s book Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life at the moment, and it might have some answers. I’ll report back when I’ve finished it.

Poetry and painting

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.—Leonardo da Vinci

I’ve seen this quote about the place, but I’m not sure I agree with da Vinci. A poem with great images can be ‘seen’, and a painting that captures a mood or moment well can definitely be felt. Maybe that’s why I’m drawn to both poetry and paintings.