Plein Air Food for Thought
Our lives revolve around those beautiful things, places and moments which inspire us and the effort to explore and reveal that inspiration to ourselves and others. It is a funny occupation in some ways—being a visual artist—and it often defies the hard Logic of the Marketplace and even our own personal financial needs. What purpose, we wonder, does beauty serve in human affairs? Why does it exist and is it even necessary? After decades of pursuing the subject, we believe that the world needs artists to help reveal the true nature of beauty (from the studio as well as plein air exploring)—to help pull away the veils of illusion or delusion which can cloud our lives. It is easy today to become completely absorbed by and preoccupied with making our way in the world—that requires putting most of our attention elsewhere. Add to that all the man-made distractions which must be filtered out. Years fly by, and we soon forget what we instinctively knew as children: that beauty is our natural state, our birthright, and as necessary to our health as pure water.
Beauty and inspiration lie all around us at every hour of the day and night. It is in the glow of an iris flower lit by the first rays of the morning sun, and it is in the fiery death of an exploding star, the constituents of which make up our own bodies. It pulses through every object and living thing, including us. We believe that humans are uniquely able to perceive this mysterious, magnificent creation at a deep and fundamental level of our beings. As artists, especially as plein air painters, we have the important task of experiencing the beauty around us and, if we are successful in our work, creating something really powerful, something that passes along inspiration, something that hopefully stops people in their tracks.
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–John and Ann