Sunday, November 09, 2008

Taking back the landscape -

"Rejection of Perspective"
digital collage by Mick Mather
One of the difficulties artists have when attempting to represent the real world is an understanding of perspective, regardless of the ism one may be working in. Particularly, the landscape artists of the Romantic Age well understood that using perspective was necessary even as they also understood that it was an imperfect method for the draftsman. I suppose the dichotomy of vision, as we observe the world, and the tools we must use to represent it, will always be at odds. Even so, make more time for walking and looking is the message here.

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Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Good advice, we are always in such a rush to get somewhere or leave somewhere that we cocoon ourselves in our cars and forget to get in touch with the elements.Walking awakens our senses.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

lisa sarsfield:
I've always been a walker. In my 20's and 30's when I was a road musician, I delighted in getting away from the hotel, the van or the bus to go for a walk. Most times this was urban, other times suburban and at yet other times rural. It was always of interest to me that the slowed down pace of walking, even if only for a few blocks, offered a plethora of discovery and visual memories that serve to this day.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Very interesting! Nice colors and lines.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

mary stebbins taitt:
Thanks, I'm glad you liked this one. :)

7:03 PM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Interesting. I must say I havn't formed the habit of walking for enjoyment, it has always been a nessecity. We spent many years with out a car and I walked everywhere! You certainly see a lot more when you walk.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

lisa sarsfield:
You said it right, you see a LOT more when you walk. There's something about the pace, the slowing down of time, blocking out the rush of a world moving too fast to make proper sense of itself. Pick a day and set aside a half hour to walk for enjoyment each week. Take your camera and sketchbook. Stop to smell the flowers, count the clouds, listen to the sound of the world turning slowly 'round. The first time you hear it, you'll be amazed. :)

7:59 PM  

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