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
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