Cottonwoods after the Rain. 30 x 72.
If you have ever read Francis Thompson's poem, "The Hound of Heaven,"
you can find the genesis of this painting. He wrote, "…ever and anon
a trumpet calls from the hid battlements of eternity." That piece of
verbal imagery caused me to create this scene from my imagination. We
dream in realistic images. We think in them, too. Our imagination by
its very definition pre-supposes that we create such realistic images.
It is therefore naïve for anyone to suppose that those of us who
paint objects that look real can only observe, measure and copy what
is before us. There can be "conceptual" art painted realistically
every bit as subjective as abstract paintings. Except for those who
directly copy photographs, most art is conceptual.
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