New Work

In a blog entitled "Timely Quote" (Jan '08), I wrote that I had received an inspirational quote, originally by William Blake. Though I had been exposed to his writing in high school, I reluctantly admit at the time, the author's work did not make a lasting impression on me. (I suspect the fallacy of reading classic work at such a young age is that, often, the real beauty is obscured by inexperience and immaturity of youth.) In any event, whatever was once lost I managed to find again through the enthusiasm of JQ.

About a month ago, JQ read to me passages from The Proverbs of Hell, which is taken from Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Of the 70 proverbs heard from the reading, several struck me in such a way that I immediately saw a connection between Blake's work and ideas that I had forming in my mind for some time. I immediately picked out several quotes and set out to render them as paintings which are currently in progress. The quotes are:

"The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom."

and

"A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees."

Stay tuned and I'll show you how they turn out.