Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Dying Star

A Dying Star by NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope

Sometimes you see an image that is more beautiful and inspiring than anything else. The images from the Hubble Telescope leave me in awe. I can't help seeing this image as art, even though it is so much more. It is the universe being its beautiful and wonderful self. There is no intervention by an artist to alter this image. It is perfect because it is real. I cannot decide which photo is the most beautiful. It is difficult to see one part of the universe as being more beautiful than another; earth is just as beautiful.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

One Day

"It is better to spend one day contemplating the birth and death of all things than a hundred years never contemplating beginnings and endings."-Buddha
When we pause and contemplate everything that is temporal; we truly appreciate our world and we consciously exist in that moment.

Autumn Woodlands by Henry Ward Ranger

Autumn Woodlands 1902 by Henry Ward Ranger

The texture in this painting is wonderful. I can see the leaves covering the woodland floor. It reminds me of the sound of leaves when they are walked upon. A yellow sky breaks through the trees. This use of yellow stops a contrast with the autumn colors. The lack of a contrast keeps the image soft and warm. It captures the beauty of autumn.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Art of John Brett

Val di Cogne, Switzerland 1858
by John Brett

The jagged mountains against the curved clouds. This is a beautiful image. It contains a simple range of colors that catch the eye. The foreground is simple and this draws my gaze to the details of the distant mountains.

Aggressors

"Fight in the way of God with those who fight with you, but do not aggress, for God does not love aggressors."-The Quran

 I believe that God still loves aggressors, even when we struggle. The aggressor may struggle to feel Gods love. I still believe it is there. Although, these are still wise words to live by. There are many consequences to aggression. All of these consequences could easily be read as God's disapproval.

I recently looked at another translation where the quote replaces aggressors with transgressors. Each individual would have their own personal moral code. They would have their own understanding of what is a transgressor. In many ways we would also have our own definition of what is aggression.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sailing

"If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever."-Saint Thomas Aquinas

To explore anything involves great risk. It is an act of changing the unknown into knowledge. This is achieved through experience. If I set sail many problems can occur. If I stay I will never know what the journey holds. I can explore the journey or I can explore regret. Sometimes it is worth losing a ship.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Landscape by Joseph Jones


Landscape 1932 by Joseph Jones

The method of abstraction appears very natural. I would love to see if there are any preparation drawings. This image could have been created solely from the mind. The shading and texture is the same throughout the piece. The time of day is lost and there is no sense of this being a real location. When I first looked at this painting I saw brilliant abstraction. The more I view the image the more I feel unsettled. Abstract paintings often reflect an inner world. Joseph Jones inner world seems dark and lifeless.  He brilliantly expresses his own troubles.

Blind Men and an Elephant

Six blind men were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant's body. They all describe different things. A wise man explains to the six:
"All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently is because each one of you touched a different part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all the features you mentioned."
This is the Jain version of the story. It is used to illustrate how the truth can be stated in many different ways. It is also used to show how we should live in harmony with people who hold different beliefs.

The story reminds me of the perceptions of others. Every person sees only a piece of who you are. We should be aware that a blind elephant would have a complete knowledge of self. Like the elephant, I know who I am.