October 24, 2012 § 5 Comments
Fall in New England is at it’s peak and the colors this year have been outstanding. Years ago I loved to drive the back roads of Vermont and witness the pastoral beauty of the autumn landscapes. Now I’m just as content to find nature changing in little micro-landscapes that pop up everywhere in between the pavement and telephone poles. It’s encouraging to see well tended, tiny pocket gardens and or an occasional reckless vine that positions itself just perfectly along a tree trunk and make a striking statement visually.
At this point I’m not sure if my deck is starting to look like my artwork or perhaps it’s the inspiration for it. It was so monochromatically green all summer and now each leave is rebelling in there own way.
Gardens have been the inspiration for many artists and one of my personal favorites is Paul Klee. Recently I took the MBTA to Boston College McMullen Museum to see the Paul Klee Philosophical Vision: From Nature to Art. It’s worth the trip to see so many of Klee’s piece’s in one exhibit. It ranges from sketches to painting and reveals his process for creativity.
It must have been so difficult for Paul Klee to be a Jew in Germany during the early 1930s. Recently I read In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson that focuses on the rise of Hitler as it unfolded. The book is the true story about an American diplomat and his family living in Berlin starting in 1933 and really gives insight into what it was like during this tumultuous period in history. Like all of Larson’s books I was unable to put it down… There are sketches in the exhibit that Klee created during this very troublesome time in his life and the book enabled me to understand his circumstances a bit more clearly.