We Cannot Understand Their Sorrows

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I sort of think this is a good one.  I have been thinking a little bit about how painting affects ‘knowing’.  I think a lot of the time we don’t really understand the things we talk about.  We have general knowledge and we have words that we can use to describe a topic, but in reality we do not know much about it.  For example take flight.  I can talk about flight, and I know words like lift and aerodynamic, but even if I had tons of tools I don’t think I could really make something that flies.  Not that you would have to be able to make something that flies to understand flight, but I think if you tried, it would really poke some holes in what you thought you knew about what flight is.

Now with paint, a lot of the knowing seems tied to the doing, but only relevant in the finished piece.  I am not sure how this applies to flying (I think it probably does not) but when you paint you constantly seem to be poking holes in what you thought you knew.  For example in this one as I work I demonstrate my understanding (or lack of understanding) of a lot of things, including (for example) negative space.

Every time I paint I make negative space, I do not make negative space when I think or talk.


Every time I paint I make color, I do not make color when I think or talk.
Every time I paint I make shapes, I do not make shapes when I think or talk.
Every time I paint I make tonal relationships, I do not make tonal relationships when I think or talk.

This thought seemed a lot cleaner last night.

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