“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is a painting that is felt rather than seen.” Leonardo da Vinci
It always is fun to meet new people and you never know the stories that people you have never met will share. Such was the case last week while Alan and I were in Nashville TN.
I need to first back-up and put a back story to all of this.
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In her poem, “Sometimes,” Mary Oliver writes, “Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be Astonished. Tell about it.” Oliver, gave everyone three very simple instructions as to how to live. Reading this poem I realized that these instructions are three simple statements that are embedded in the process for creating.
I have been in Florida for a month and like a true vacationer paying attention to a new environment is part of the excitement of being in a new place.
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I have discovered the joy of en plein air painting since migrating to Florida for the month of March. Painting en plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air.”
For those not familiar with plein air it is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists.
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I have not posted a blog for many, many months and I return to it today because of an artist I had to write about. I think his work has kickstarted my interest in sharing amazing ways that drawing can be used for communicating and connecting.
George Butler is an artist and illustrator specializing in travel and current affairs. His drawings, are from areas in the world that focus on current affairs and conflict.
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