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
Artist's Statement: Oil on Belgian Linen 24 x 30 in Time is more complex near the sea than in any other place, for in addition to the circling of the sun and the turning of the seasons, the waves beat out the passage of time on the rocks and the tides rise and fall as a great clepsydra [water clock]. John Steinbeck Tortilla Flat A fragrant breeze wandered up from the quiet sea, trailed along the beach, and drifted back to the sea again, wondering where to go next. On a mad im
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