bemusing musings of a bewildered brush-wielder


DSCN0046Boots, 18″ x 24″, oil on linen

I sat in my studio for a long time today, and I didn’t know what to paint.  Then I took off my boots, and started painting.  These boots just somehow addressed the idea of labour, of the exchange of labour for money.  Here is the painting that resulted.

5 responses

  1. joann goetz

    love it! It definitely resonates a hard day of work…one can almost feel the sweat on the brow and the stiffness in the neck.

    October 14, 2009 at 10:25 am

  2. Fred Shriver

    Yes, yes — immediately it of course brought Van Gogh to mind — but then it is really grubby and earthy. A different aesthetic than other things I’ve seen of your work. Keep painting!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm

  3. Fred Shriver

    I’m confused over the difference between Comment and Leave a Reply. I need a tutorial.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm

  4. Sean


    October 14, 2009 at 4:23 pm

  5. Paul and Jo-ann

    This wonderful painting reminds me in a gentle, wholesome way something that the late Harry Chapin said. He said there are two kinds of “tired”…if I may paraphrase, he said one (the “bad” tired) involves stress, discomfort, mental anxiety and similar emotions due to everyday confrontations and indecisions; whereas the other (that is, the “good” tired)is a result of an honest hard day’s work to support your family, resulting in a gentle spirit and proud tired. This painting to me is that of a “good” tired. It evokes feelings of the simple life, and the notion that it is the simple honest work that all to often is shadowed.

    October 16, 2009 at 3:11 am

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