Monthly Archives: April 2010

Pablo Picasso: Time and Space Encapsulated

Wrong to Assume?

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” –Pablo Picasso

The human brain, the world’s ultimate meaning-seeker, is so curious that it often jumps to conclusions. In society, we often think negatively of assumptions because of their stereotypical nature. We say, do not assume that such and such has happened; rather, go to the source and hear the truth for yourself. To assume is to create falsified information – that is, if you are wrong. Continue reading

Salvador Dali: The Living Unconscious

The Mind’s Eye

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant.” – Salvador Dali

Helen Fukuhara, wife of a watercolor artist and daughter of an abstract painter, received her bachelor’s degree in music and speech arts. She later went on to study fine art, including ceramics, printmaking, and mixed media in Los Angeles. Eventually, she moved towards two-dimensional work. She is now 61 years old and continues to make art.

None of this sounds minutely interesting, as it almost appears to be a somewhat predictable storyline. Except that Helen is congenitally blind. Continue reading

Moo Cows

Afternoon with Irish Cows

There were a few dozen who occupied the field
across the road from where we lived,
stepping all day from tuft to tuft,
their big heads down in the soft grass,
though I would sometimes pass a window
and look out to see the field suddenly empty
as if they had taken wing, flown off to another country.

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Velveteen Rabbit


team OBMF

coach & captain

Paul Cézanne: The Father of Modern Art

True or False?

Two-dimensional art, by definition, is an optical illusion. A painting, for example, is just a piece of canvas stretched across a wooden frame, displaying an image of some thing which is not actually there; it is only an interpretation or replication of some other entity. What most consider as “good” art is that which best represents the subject as we know it to be. To achieve high quality results, artists use particular tricks, such as luminosity, to enhance the feeling of realness. If you are standing in front of Monet’s water lilies, you may feel enchanted by the light and movement in the scene, but you are not in fact looking at real light, or real movement, or even real water lilies. And it is not as if this is a secret that you are just now discovering, I am aware of this.

But, what is interesting is that if these “replicates” are simply that, deceptions of true reality, then why are they so extremely fascinating? Why are Monet’s water lilies more beautiful than real water lilies? Why, in some cases, is an abstracted form more appealing than the original form? Continue reading

Esko Mannikko, Cocktails

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