The Art of Losing

Boston Landscape PainterThe curious thing about losing is that it’s indiscriminate. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are – “The art of losing ” is something everyone can master. You can be a teenager who has lost their self-confidence, a mother who has lost her husband. It doesn’t matter what country you are from, who you are fighting for – or who you are fighting against, everyone experiences loss.

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) wrote a poem, “One Art “. I connected with this poem recently. I had read it once or twice before – but a few days ago I read it again, and it really struck home with me. It’s about, “the art of losing”.

I tend to like to have a conversation about a poem in person, that way we can both discuss how the poem first hit us, and how it hits us again each time we read it. I don’t want to staple my feelings onto the front of this poem before you’ve read the poem yourself. So now, you may want to read “one art” below, so we can continue this discussion.

“One Art”
by Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Continue reading The Art of Losing

“night’s starred face” 30×30″

“night’s starred face” 30×30″
The title is taken directly from my favorite John Keats poem, “When I have Fears that I may cease to be” first seen in 1818. “When I behold, upon the night’s starred face, huge cloudy symbols of a high romance, and think that I may never live to trace, their shadows with the magic hand of chance;” and it goes on. Everyone take a minute and google it, it’s short, and stretches your mind.

Here are two details of “night’s starred face”


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At an opening of mine the other night, my high school art history teacher, whose teaching style and enthusiasm for art history was absolutely invaluable to me at that point in my life, commented on Pentimento. We were discussing one of my paintings, and I was showing him evidence of a previous painting on that canvas, before I decided to change directions. I do this quite often, paint over old paintings that I have no use for anymore. This new landscape is an example of that habit. I started a portrait a couple of months ago that I never ended up finishing. So! Now it’s a landscape. But, I thought it was cool to see the transformation.

Here are a few shots. Starting the landscape, mid point, and finished landscape with some detail shots.





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Here’s a shot that my husband grabbed while taking proper photos of my paintings in the studio. I must admit, red bull tastes like cough syrup, but I can’t seem to help myself. But, I must point out that there is an Apple juice and a water there too. And, bonus detail shot of “fair creature of an hour” 36×36″ oil on canvas.




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