Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Color of Distance and Memory

TIDE, by Donna Watson, cold wax and oil painting with collage

Blue has always been used a a symbol of distance... especially for artists.  No matter how much we try to reach that 'blue' distance, we can never reach it... as we will always see the distant objects showing up as blue.  The blue we see is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in distance between you and the mountains, you and the sky, you and the endless distance.

Rebecca Solnit, A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST

Rebecca Solnit, the author, examines the color blue and its relationships to distance, desire and memory in A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST.  

"The world is blue at its edges and in its depths.  This blue is the light that got lost.  Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us.  It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in the water.  Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water the deeper blue.  The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of the land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places we see for miles, the blue of distance."  Rebecca Solnit,  A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST

TIDE, by Donna Watson,  cold wax and oil painting with collage

"This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue."  Rebecca Solnit

SUNLIT PATH, by Donna Watson, cold wax and oil with collage

"Blue is the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in, for the blue world."  RS

ECHOES 3, by Donna Watson, collage

Memory can be just as elusive as distance.  Sometimes gaining and losing are connected like memories.  Remember that some light does not make it all the way through the atmosphere, but scatters.

MEMOIR, by Donna Watson, cold wax and oil painting with collage

"The blue of distance comes with time, with the discovery of melancholy, of loss, the texture of longing, the complexity of the terrain we traverse, then perhaps maturity brings with it not...
abstraction, but an aesthetic sense that partially redeems the losses time brings, and finds beauty in the faraway."  Rebecca Solnit

EMERGENCE by Donna Watson, cold wax and oil painting with collage

It was November - the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.  --- L.M. Montgomery

Some of the  above excerpts came from BRAINPICKINGS by Maria Popova, at 

22 comments:

Anna Mavromatis said...

Lovely works, lovely words, serene loveliness always...
Happy Thanksgiving, Donna!
xox

Leslie Avon Miller said...

beautiful blues Donna.

Jack Oudyn said...

Great work Donna. I just love your minimalist textural sensitivity.Sounds like an interesting book.

Debbie said...

Great words, great art, your work in always so inspiring and calm

Missouri Bend Paper Works said...

Gorgeous works and a lovely post! I do love Rebecca Solnit as well....such richness! Thanks for inspiring my day! Best wishes to you....Patti

annell said...

Dear Donna Such beautiful blues....so many blues to choose from....I enjoyed the blues of your post! I have been somewhat blue for sometime...interesting how blue can speak of distance and of feelings....maybe what we long for is always at a distance.....

Sharmon Davidson said...

I love these pieces, Donna, and the lovely text you have paired with them.

Paris Rendez-vous and Beyond said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Donna. Such a delight....and, as always, inspiring!

Ciao

Robyn

Barry said...

Hi D - it is always good to hear the words of the art its behind their work - subtle and strong use of blue and what it stands for. Go well. B

Caterina Giglio said...

the quotes from the book are wonderful but your work is simply stunning...

Seth said...

Fascinating quotes and thoughts about blue -- a color I so often use in my work. Equally mesmerized by your spectacular series of piece here. Stunning!

Rosie Kearton said...

Beautiful work - Rebecca Solnit is one of my favourite writers

Tammie Lee said...

i enjoyed your sharing with us about: blue
some are new thoughts to me
your art is beautiful
something calming about it
sweet days and nights to you ~

Laura said...

The Color is awesome...but sunlit path has me. Thank you for sharing all this Donna.

Emma said...

Love this blue in your work. Living by the sea with big skies & hills blue is a color often present tho far away, if we can't see it, we know it's there.

vonleidenberg said...

Great! I love your work! Glad to have more time now to visit your blog! Greetings!
Solveig

Sue Marrazzo said...

A WOW!

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rivergardenstudio said...

Such beautiful blues. you have tempted me to order this book. Blues have been calling me lately as well. Thank you.
-roxanne

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