Oil on Canvas 50 x 38 in The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too Vincent van Gogh The Letters of Vincent van Gogh You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore. William Faulkner Art as an Oasis™ Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares complimented
New Release! As an interlude, below is one of my most recent works, finished just last week – a pelican I saw on a pre-Covid visit to Tampa, Florida Aquarium. As I was staring at the pelican, behind glass, thinking of its beauty and captivity, I found the pelican staring back at me. Oil on Belgian Linen 30 x 24 in What, wouldst thou have me turn pelican, and feed thee out of my own vitals? William Congreve Love for Love, Act II, Scene 1 He wondered why the pelican was the sym
Artist's Statement: For the most part, my paintings seek to identify and accentuate the beauty in ordinary subjects. In this way, I hope to provide a temporary oasis from both mundane and monumental cares. Even in the best of times “the world is too much with us, late and soon; we lay waste our powers and for everything are out of tune.” Quote adapted from The World Is Too Much With Us (Wordsworth) Oil on Belgian Linen 24 x 30 in The sigh of all the seas breaking in measure
Oil on Canvas 24 x 36 in A kind heart is a fountain of gladness,
making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
Washington Irving prolific author of books, essays,
stories (including Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow);
perhaps the first true American writer There is a Fountain of Youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defe
Oil on Canvas 38 x 19.5 in Soul mates. They really call themselves that, which makes sense, because I guess they are . . . They have no harsh edges with each other, no spiny conflicts, they ride through life like conjoined jellyfish - expanding and contracting instinctively, filling each other's spaces liquidly. Making it look easy. Gillian Flynn contemporary author Gone Girl
I'd like to be a jellyfish, 'cause jellyfish don't pay rent. Jimmy Buffett contemporary musician,
Oil on Panel 26 x 20 in And ne'er did Grecian chisel trace
A nymph, a Naiad, or a Grace
Of finer form or lovelier face. Walter Scott Canto I, stanza 18 Have you also learned that secret from the river;
that there is no such thing as time?
That the river is everywhere at the same time,
at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry,
at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains,
everywhere and that the present only exists for it,
not the shadow of the past
Oil on Canvas 32 x 22 in There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
Kenneth Grahame Wind in the Willows the story of a Toad run amok, and his friend Rat, Mole, and Mr. Badger, who take him in hand, eventually Hurry up. Move the thing! Um . . . that other thing. Move it William Goldman The Princess Bride (novel and screenplay) the instructions from the princess’s kidnapper (Vizzini) to his crew, as the aghast Vizz
Oil on Belgian Linen 30 x 24 in Very comforting a seascape.
It was eternal, and completely unaffected by humans
and human wars and human cruelty.
Kerry Greenwood Murder and Mendelssohn, Chapter 7 (Phryne Fisher Mysteries) "Doesn't it seem to you," asked Madame Bovary,
"that the mind moves more freely in the presence of that boundless expanse, that the sight of it elevates the soul and gives rise to thoughts of the infinite and the ideal?"
Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary Art
Oil on Canvas 37 x 19 in Where the waters do agree, it is quite wonderful the relief they give. Jane Austen Emma
Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water.
Be water, my friend. Bruce Lee (master of the martial arts; actor) Art as an Oasis Art as an Oasis is a series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger providing a temporary respite from both mundane and monumental cares complimented by words of wisdom from a diversity of others. #boating #sa
Walk Along a Florida Beach 33 x 43.5 in The sea is a desert of waves, a wilderness of water. Langston Hughes poet, playwright essential contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. John Lubbock 1st Baron Avebury The Use of Life (1894), ch. IV: Recreation You can't trus
Fish Oil on Canvas If a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air, then a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape.* Doris Lessing 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate (Literature) * paraphrased to reverse the sequence Many … go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. Henry David Thoreau Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job. Paul Schullery contemporary conservationist, writer, and scholar Swimming Lionfish 31.5 x