Wind From the Sea by Andrew Wyeth / tempera

I have something in common with this guy.

1947

Here’s a quote from Andrew Wyeth.

“I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and future – the timelessness of the rocks and the hills- all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape- the loneliness of it- the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it- the whole story doesn’t show. I think anything like that- which is contemplative, silent, shows a person alone- people always feel sad. Is it because we’ve lost the art of being alone?”

My book says “Many of the cognoscenti found him out of step with contemporary art. Artists tended to see him as an immense talent but essentially an outsider.”

I don’t know what the other artists would say about me, but I can say something about being alone. Since I’ve had practically no obligations or distractions for so many years, the inspiration is endless. If not for that, being alone wouldn’t be worth it.

I get it about the cognoscenti not liking his work. They wouldn’t know inspiration if they saw it. They look for “style” not substance.

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