Moving on to greater things

April 1, 2015

I’ve given up.

Too many times my chisels have fallen to the dirt floor beneath my carving bench and shattered when hitting the soft dirt.

Too many times I’ve felt confined in my studio working behind “windowless walls” wanting desperately to take my art out into the great outdoors.


Therefore, I’ve — literally and figuratively — buried my carving tools. Never again will my bare feet be in danger.

Three dimensional sculpture is so last century.


Instead, I shall become an “en plein air” artist working — not under the protection of some wimpy studio roof — but directly with the elements; with whatever the great earth goddess and sky god decide to throw at me.

And I shall be using paints just like the great artists do. Artists who are not mere sculptors.


_DSC7250To this end, the above photo demonstrates the seriousness of my investigations into how human manufactured colours blend, interact with, dissolve into and supplement the “natural” colours of their surrounds.

The play between the various actors on this stage is subtle, yet so enriching to the engaged mind willing to look at art in a non-judgemental, mature way where chaos is brought into sublime harmony with the forces of light and dark, the moon and sun, or, even with eagles flying overhead whose shadows dance fleetingly across the land.

With time, nocturnal animals, such as the possum or feral cat, will leave imprints on the still wet paint and re-define the notion of “Who is the real artist”, or, “Can art be whatever sells?”

Future intentions are to get a solo exhibition of this cutting edge canned art at a national gallery in order to bring to city folk a deeper appreciation of how nature willingly accepts whatever we humans spill out onto it.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob van Pierce April 2, 2015 at 4:50 pm

hi Peter,
I can see great things ahead for you in this new direction, but really, I think you may discover that combining it with new colours and designs for Astro turf tennis court carpet will take you there and back again with as much adventure as a 6’4″ hobbit looking for something Preciousss , Have fun.
dont play to easy for that steve fella .
Cheers from Bob in the Bay of islands NZ.

Rod April 2, 2015 at 7:09 am

hmmmm now I wonder where you got the idea that the paint cans could be art? Must have been some fool!

Joanne Toft April 1, 2015 at 10:50 pm

April Fools – so glad I thought of it. To leave the warmth of your beautiful wood behind would be unthinkable but do please watch your toes. They are needed as much as your art!

Happy April first from Minnesota, USA!

Zanni Waldstein April 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

xoxoxoxox I hope the possums come up with some masterpieces ;-)

ETHawk April 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm

And also, it isn’t April Fools day here yet…so maybe you are pulling my leg and I didn’t get the joke.

peter April 1, 2015 at 5:35 pm

I tried to post this as late as possible here on April Fool’s Day. International date line makes this difficult. Don’t worry, I can’t draw so I will forever be carving.

ETHawk April 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm

No such thing as “Artists who are…..mere sculptors”.
Say that to Michaelangelo, Giacometti, Louise Bourgeois, Andy Goldsworthy or Maya Lin…. there is nothing “mere” about you artists who create emotion and space, within space. Having said that…enjoy the colors as they each and every one have their own exuberance. Hope all is well at your end. We three are having a wonderful year, thus far. Big hugs from all.
E & F

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