Saturday, December 28, 2013

Year-end Reflections

As the year passes
We speak with snowflakes, not words.
There are no words left.

"At First Glance #7", 5" x 7" ink and watercolor

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Remembering Now,
Imagining seasons -
Images whisper.

 "Rituals" 8" x 6" watercolor

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At each gathering,
A misty rain of color
That sometimes we see.
 
"The Gathering" 4" x 6" ink and watercolor

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Now and then we park
And see passages beyond
The concrete and wire.



Parking Garage, 6" x 6" ink and watercolor


43 comments:

  1. Great images and so glad I visited on this cold gray day.

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    1. Thanks Tabor, I am so glad they provided you with some warmth! Happy New Year!

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  2. You have written a wonderful poem expressing the end of the year. I especially like the painting "The Gathering" with the bold colors and the almost visible figures in the background. Very imaginative!

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    1. Thank you! I was very happy with the colors in the Gathering, not quite as sure about the line drawings (although I like the concept). I still think there is a better way to do it.. But that's for 2014. Happy New Year!

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  3. Hi, Dan, lovely paintings and a sweet post. Please pass my best wishes to your family, particularly, your son. Wish you a very happy new year!!
    Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Thank you so much Sadami, and especially for your thoughtful wish for my son. There have been times during this trying year when your optimism and enthusiasm have really helped me through. A Happy and Healthy and Joyful New Year to you and yours.

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  4. Wonderful images and poem! I really love the next portrait in your 'At First Glance' series and your abstracts are simply lovely. Your parking garage scene demonstrates just how good you are with lines.

    Happy New Year! May your 2014 be filled with art, family and friends.

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    1. I am so glad you liked all of this Pamo! Thank you for being a joy in my virtual life for yet another year. I love your New Year's wish - Art comes first - lol - was that intentional? I know it keeps me sane (most times) for family and friends. Happy and Joyful New Year to you and your hubby!

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  5. Happy New Year Dan… may 2014 be filled with good health, happy times, and enough art to feed your soul.

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    1. Thank you Captain, and the same to you!

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  6. From Mary O. Martin: Dan, these may be my favorites among all your work. The haiku made them all the more meaningful for me, but I really seemed to connect with the non-representational pieces. More, more! And that goes for the haiku, too.

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    1. Thank you Mary, I am so glad you like the non-representational pieces because I am moving that way, a bit, though retaining representational elements. It is always good to know that my latest work is somebody's favorite! Happy New Year!

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  7. From Aziz: These are beautiful watercolors, especially for me those abstracts. Very good Dan.

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    1. I am glad you like them! Thank you, Aziz. I seem to be moving towards the abstract, a bit, though with representational elements. Happy New Year!

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  8. Marvelous work, Dan. My favorite is the parking garage-- brilliant use of perspective and line.

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    1. I'm glad you like it. I keep coming back to parking garages as subjects. They are always interesting for me. Thank you. Happy New Year!

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  9. Dan, your abstract explorations make me think of NY artist Brian Rutenberg. He has a bunch of studio visit youtube videos that are very inspiring. Here is an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrlRy4r_b3U

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    1. Thank you, I watched it! Then Youtube suggested another - Krista Harris, and that was wonderful too. I recommend it!

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  10. You know what I like about you....how you 'intermingle' both representational and non-representational work. I really really like that you show both! It's just so refreshing....because many artists feel they have to be one way or the other. And I appreciate all your work...it is really beautiful and uplifting! :)

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    1. What a wonderful comment - thank you Celeste! You know, I've done my share of reading of art history. And I am thinking that the combination of representation and non-representation may be the area that has not been fully explored. Quite a few artists today seem to be entering this arena. I know Kandinsky with his manifesto would roll over in his grave. He was right for his time, but his thinking is too rigid for today, I think. And I would say this to any artist today that says so, as well. Now, if I can figure out how to do it, it would be nice. But that's for 2014 and beyond. Happy New Year!

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  11. Wow! Such a thoughtful passage. I particularly like the word image "we speak with snowflakes"... I do hope you and your family have an excellent new year and I look forward to more words and images from Dan's Canvas.

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    1. I am so glad you like my words - they are part of my canvas as well. I wish you a happy and healthy and productive, sideways new year too!

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  12. The gathering is brilliant! And the passage is deep :) And when I think about snowflakes, I think about me opening my mouth facing the sky... ^^ Yes I am weird like that. Happy New Year!

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    1. Hah! I don't think of that because I have never lived where it snows! But I can see that - and it's a happy image! Glad you liked it. Happy New Year to you!

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  13. I love the parking lot painting. The way you rendered it in watercolor makes it look so interesting even though it's such a mundane place.

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    1. Hello my new virtual friend! Thanks for coming back! I'm glad you like it. Take a moment and look at a parking garage sometime - really look. They are almost all interesting. Fascinating shapes and textures seen hardly anywhere else. Really, not mundane at all. Happy New Year!

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  14. I love all of these; especially, Parking Garage. I think it's the lines--a bit like I Ching readings (from my days of yore). Happy New Year.

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    1. Hmmm, have to check out that I Ching as I have no clue what you are talking about! lol. I'm glad you like it. Happy New Year, Hallie!

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  15. These are wonderful! I love how exploratory you've been lately. (Sorry I haven't had time to comment...but I do still peek!) And the haikus seem like they could all come together to form some kind of compound haiku...is there such a thing? Abstract...I love to look but it drives me crazy to do...my brain just binds up. I love the At First Glance...because well, I'm all about drawing people it seems. But I also like The Gathering...abstract...but I can still see hints of my people! Hope you have a great holiday! Happy New Year to you.

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    1. Raena!!! So good to hear from you! It is really wonderful to know that you've been peeking. You never have to comment (but I am glad you have).

      Re the haikus: what's interesting is that many of the comments seem to have indicated that they thought the individual haikus were stanzas of one poem. And that is neat - just as the haikus and pictures influence one another, reading them in succession influences each. Juxtaposition is fascinating.

      As for abstract. I do not feel a need to go wholly abstract at this time. But I've been restless with wholly representational as well (as I've described more fully in previous posts). My love is always and still is people. Don't worry. They'll be around. Happy New Year!!

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  16. Dan...I thoroughly enjoyed your poetry here, both in word and in image!! Wow. Just beautiful! And thank you for your kind words about a poem of mine a few weeks ago! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Hi Jennifer - my kind words are never given if I don't mean them! It's very easy not to comment at all. Anyway, I am so glad you enjoyed my visual and verbal poetry. And a Happy New Year to you!

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  17. I love the poems and the watercolors. The haikus were thought provoking. I especially loved the first one about no more words, just snowflakes...beautiful. The watercolors are all gorgeous as well. Expertly done.

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    1. Thank you Rebecca - I am so glad you like the watercolors! I'm glad you like the haikus too (the first is my favorite as well). Happy New Year!

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  18. Glad to see you back into your flow again, Dan! Brilliant!!

    A Very Happy and Successful New Year!

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    1. Hey, John, Thanks! Brilliant is a word I will accept any day, even though I am in and out of flow. But I try not to depend on flow - I try to show up and then something will happen anyway. And a happy and successful new year to you too!!

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  19. Beautiful selection of pieces by you to represent 2013.

    Happy New Year Dan.

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I hadn't thought of it as a selection, but I suppose it does illustrate a few of the directions I've pursued. Happy New Year to you!

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  20. Very clever Dan! Love the first painting.

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    1. Thanks Shirley - I always like to be clever! I am glad you like the casual guy. It is definitely the piece I worked the hardest on. Happy New Year!

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  21. Okay how could I have missed this post and then two other once before this one?? Where has the time gone, where have I been?... Its been some year and I have to say I like what you made with the abstract pieces, soft, colourful and they have a nice flow to them. And the man on top is a great drawing. Im not sure I could post my year (reflection of it) as it was so crazy, some of my sketches makes me wonder what the heck was going on there when I drew some.

    Glad to see you have had a good drawing and painting year Dan, love the figure drawings and this guy with his drink in his hand sure sums it up "relax".

    Happy New Years to you and your family and keep up the great painting!!!!

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    1. I know how time and place can escape from our grasp. I've had much the same problem this year. I'm glad you like my figurative drawings. And we both need to relax - lol!

      I so wish for you, a Happy Healthy New Year, for you and your family in 2014!

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