Monday, October 30, 2006

Section Line

oil on canvas 12 x 16

Just happened to get another painting done last week. This is what a lot of Iowa farm land looks like. Of course, it used to be part of what was considered the tall-grass prairie, which was made up of coarse grasses and abundant wild flowers. Obviously, most of it has been tilled up and turned over for row-crop production. I still have about 50 some acres of never-been-tilled land which I walk around on just about every weekend.

A man can get a little thinking done out here. Lately there has been something that has caused a considerable stir in my constitutional make-up, a challenge to my moral compass. As a Taoist at heart, walking down a road like this, or through the prairie, is where I can access that passive, non-striving and intuitive part of my self. But one can do this anywhere. The Tao-te ching states that: "where there is emptiness, it is there that you will be filled up." and "in the state of nothingness, you will find everything."

This is often what I am striving for. To get away from the noise of man, find that quiet place where one can access the space that overflows with a unity at the cosmic level. Go there and listen to the emptiness and, It is here you may find everything you are looking for. Most don't ask questions, nor seek answers because, apparently, most feel they have them all. It is when I feel like a vessel, that I feel my best and most child-like in this life.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Rare Pond

To all my blog friends I would like to apologize for being less than accessible these past few weeks. Life can occassionally put one on a tac that demands that all free time be invested wisely. Either you go along with it or suffer through the hours with a cloud of guilt that hovers constantly over your head. Truth is, there just aren't enough hours in the day for me right now and I may be struggling through some issues regarding personal discipline. However, I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel and, provided its not a train coming at me, which most likely it is, I will be able to spend a little more time with my wonderful bloggy friends, whom I miss more than they probably miss me.

Here is a simple little 11 x 14 I tackled last week in fits and starts and then, as usual, abandonded it like all paintings are. Hope you enjoy it. I will get around the bloggy block and pay you all a visit very soon. Ciao!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Upland Field Day

Quail season

The hunting seasons are here. Last year was a bountiful one as evidenced by the abundant game stashed in my freezer. If you haven't had quail slow cooked on the grill with a little native applewood, you just haven't eaten as well as you could be. In the heart of Iowa we have wild turkey, plenty of waterfowl, whitetail deer, and the fishing is excellent too. Too bad the tomato season is over. As for the painting, this is oil on canvas with knife, 11 x 14. This painting I reworked and am fairly happy with the results. If interested in purchasing, please email me from my profile page. Good Hunting!