Wednesday, March 1, 2017

I'd Rather Learn

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing, from one painting how to paint that one painting.

I'd Rather Learn from One Bird How to Sing
11x14"; acrylic, collage, ink, and oil pastel on canvas board
abstract
2017
$125


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10 comments:

  1. Ooh, very interesting title, and what a great point you make. I'll have to ponder this for a while.

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    1. Katie, thanks for commenting on my title. I think I was a bit obscure with this post, but it just felt right and so I went with it. The title comes from part of a line from e.e. cummings's poem "you shall above all things be glad and young" which you can find at .

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    2. What wonderful title! I love E.E.Cummings. This piece reminds me of Starry Night. Can't wait to see it on the big screen.

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    3. Thanks for further accolades for the title. I remember discovering e.e. cummings in high school and being fascinated by his poetry.

      This piece reminded me of Starry Night as well! I even went so far as to look up that painting and poke around in search of a title from my findings, but the other title came to me and stuck.

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  2. Oh Dotty, I'm loving all your recent work, and hanging on your creative writing. This is beautiful- I LOVE the colors and to me, I see an ocean that is alive and well and saying hello to the stars above. It looks like a "Dotty-ized" Van Gogh. It makes me happy to look at! And I love the banner!

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    1. Laurie, thanks for your comments and feedback. YES to your ocean-and-sky take on this. THAT'S IT—that's what I was painting without even knowing it. AWESOME.

      I knew you'd notice the new banner, as I did yours : ) In fact, it was your changing your banner that reminded me I wanted to change my own. The art was made in 2015 with my granddaughters, then 8 and 5. We sat with whatever supplies they had and a pumpkin in the middle of the table. The best kind of art making.

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  3. Starry Night is a favorite since childhood. An old friend. My father introduced me to the song, so memories of him are woven with both of those. Is that why this reminds me of Vincent's sky? Or is it my knowing of and being witness to your passion, your explorations, your unending courage.
    Such a terrific surprise to open you post and see this. "WOW! She has done it again!" Not that there was any doubt. But after that initial jolt, this feel like a visit from an old friend.
    Love the bits of orange sunlight on the peaks :)

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    1. Love that "I'd Rather" feels like a visit from an old friend, with a little jolt of electricity to kick off the reunion! Fun to hear the various associations that are evoked by this painting. Thanks, Sheila.

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  4. I love this Dotty - everything you have added and taken away, muted has all come together in this lovely painting. Loved reading all the comments - great conversation

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    1. Janet, thanks so much for your feedback. I smiled when I saw you in my inbox : )

      Isn't it fascinating how all the adding and taking away and brightening and muting can land in such wonderful places?

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