Art as an Oasis

A series of occasional postings from the art of Carrie Kleinberger
words of wisdom from a diversity of others
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)



"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, Gone Girl, contemporary author
“I'd like to be a jellyfish, 'cause jellyfish don't pay rent.”    

 ― Jimmy Buffett, contemporary musician, singer, songwriter
“Truth on our level is a different thing from truth for the jellyfish.”     

― T. S. Eliot   1948 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, highly distinguished as a poet, literary critic, dramatist, editor and publisher
"If you can make jellyfish motivational, you are a bad ass."    

― Peri Kinder    self-described, award-winning humor columnist, life and laughter coach, often broke freelance writer, wife, mother,              grandmother, sugar addict (no hope of recovery), housework avoider                                           


Oil on Canvas 
The River Nymph
Oil on Panel

The River Nymph

"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 nor the shadow of the future."

 ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
“Oh, Eeyore, you are wet!” said Piglet, feeling him.
Eeyore shook himself, and asked somebody to explain to Piglet what happened when you had been inside a river for quite a long time."

― A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh


Hidden with a View

"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 Vizzini sees that another sailboat is in pursuit and is gaining


Hidden with a View
Oil on Canvas
Calming Waves
Oil on Belgian Linen
Work in Progress

Calming Waves

"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

Sailing Near Winona

"“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)

Sailing Near Winona
Oil on Canvas  
HaKallah (The Bride) 
Oil on Belgian Linen
Wedding Boutonniere
Oil on Canvas
Hakallah and Wedding Boutonniere

Giving Thought to June and to Weddings...

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken."

 – William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light."

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese 43

Shabbat Walk
Oil on Canvas
Small Works in Progress
Angel in the Forest
Saint in Jan's Garden
Shabbat Walk, Angel In the Forest, Saint in Jan's Garden

In the Pursuit of Faith...

"If you wait until you find the meaning of life,
will there be enough life left to live meaningfully?

The Lubavitcher Rebbe, 

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, author of Tanya and many other works 
"Regarding the debate about faith and works: 
It’s like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important."

– C.S. Lewis, prominent Christian theologian, author including

The Tales of Narnia


Thai Buddha
Oil on Canvas
Thai Buddha and Women at the Well

Of Faith and Its Manifestations...

"On life's journey Faith is nourishment, Virtuous deeds are a shelter, Wisdom is the light by day and Right mindfulness is the protection by night.          

– The Buddha, born as Siddhartha Gautama

"So whoever does an atom's weight of good will see it …."

–  From the Qur'an Al zalzalah : Verse 7

"God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems, which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition, I walk through my tradition, but I don’t think my tradition defines God, I think it only points me to God."

 – John Selby Spong, American Bishop of the Episcopal Church

Women at the Well
Oil on Canvas
A Walk Along a Florida Beach
Oil on Canvas
A Walk Along a Florida Beach and 
My Morning Run Along Lake Harriett

A Walk ... and A Run...

"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 trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it."

– W.C. Fields

My Morning Run Along Lake Harriett
Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas
Swimming Lionfish
Oil on Canvas

Fish and Swimming Lionfish


With reference to the Minnesota Fishing Opener...

"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

The Younger Cat (Ernie)
Oil on Wood Panel
 (private collection)
Eye of the Tiger
Oil on Wood Pane

The Younger Cat and Eye of the Tiger

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." 

 Albert Schweitzer, theologian, medical missionary, humanitarian, awarded Nobel Peace Prize
"I have felt cats rubbing their faces against mine and touching my cheek with claws carefully sheathed. These things, to me, are expressions of love." 

– James Herriot, British veterinary surgeon, author (All Things Bright and Beautiful)
"Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods."

– Christopher Hitchens,
20th century author, speaker, polemicist, iconoclast

Hafuz, The Younger Canine
Oil on Canvas
(private collection)

Hafuz, The Younger Canine

“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

– Will Rogers, American entertainer, early 20th century master of homespun humor, pithy social commentary, and the political one-liner
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." 

– Roger Caras, wildlife photographer, writer, wildlife preservationist, TV reporter, sometime A.S.P.C.A. president and announcer for the
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
"Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like, never washed a dog." 

 Franklin P. Jones, humorist, public relations executive, reporter

Elegant Breakfast at the Drake Hotel
Oil on Canvas

Elegant Breakfast at the Drake Hotel

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh," said Piglet at last, "what's the first thing you say to yourself?" "What's for breakfast?" said Pooh. "What do you say, Piglet?" "I say, I wonder what's going to happen exciting today?" said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
"It's the same thing," he said.

 A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
"Breakfast is the one meal at which it is permissible to read the paper."

 Amy Vanderbilt
"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast."

 Oscar Wilde


Always Room for Cheesecake
Oil on Panel

Always Room for Cheesecake

"Who knows how to make love stay? Tell love you are going to the Junior's Deli on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn to pick up a cheesecake, and if love stays, it can have half."

–Tom Robbins, contemporary actor
"A party without cake is just a meeting." 

– Julia Child, chef, author

"Never eat more than you can lift."

– Miss Piggy, well known diva


Fearsome and Fearless
Oil on Canvas

Fearsome and Fearless

"Fear should never control you but sometimes it can inspire you."
– Anonymous
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow." 

– Mary Anne Radmacher, contemporary author and commentator
"Fear makes us feel our humanity." 

– Benjamin Disraeli, 19th century author, sometime prime minister of England, later First Earl of Beaconsfield

New Zealand Vista

“The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence. The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence. Silence gives us a new perspective.”
-- Mother Teresa
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

New Zealand Vista
Oil on Canvas

A View of the Regatta

"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are  moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -
but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
"-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship."             
-- Louisa May Alcott
“I can't control the wind but I can adjust the sail.”
-- Ricky Skaggs, singer, songwriter

A View of the Regatta
Oil on Canvas

Orange Zinnia Bouquet

"With freedom, flowers, books and the moon, who could not be perfectly happy?"  -- Oscar Wilde, De Profundis

Orange Zinnia Bouquet
Oil on Wood Panel

Wine Tasting

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water."  -- Galileo Galilei

"Wine is the only artwork you can drink."  --  Luis Fernando Olaverri

"What wine goes with Cap'n Crunch?"  --  George Carlin

Wine Tasting
Oil on Wood Panel

Swimming with Turtles

"We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans - because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings.
That's why we paint, that's why we dare to love someone - 
because we have the impulse to explain who we are."  
-- Maya Angelou                                                                                  


Swimming with Turtles
Oil on Canvas
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