Monday, August 12, 2013

"One brief moment caught from fleeting time..."

Clouds, Valley, Drawing, Scotland, graphite
Clouds, Valley Sketch Katherine Kean
graphite 8 x 10 inches

"There would seem to be nothing more obvious, more tangible and palpable than the present moment. And yet it eludes us completely. All the sadness of life lies in that fact."
Milan Kundera The Art of the Novel

But must the moment elude us? John Constable's artwork sought to give "one brief moment caught from fleeting time a lasting and sober existence." Can the making of marks blend the present, future and past, connect the moment with the memory, and bring the past to a new present?

Or in the words of William Wordsworth: "Praised be the Art whose subtle power could stay, Yon cloud, and fix it in that glorious shape."


5 comments:

Kathryn Hansen said...

it does take a lot of consciousness to stay present!!!

beautiful sketch Katherine...your drawings inspire me to get outdoors and do my own sketching!!one of these days i'll do it!!

Katherine Kean said...

Thank you Kathryn. Just keep a little sketch book on hand; in your car, bag or backpack.

Jean Spitzer said...

You get so much into this small page. Wonderful!

Yelena Shabrova said...

Wonderful sketch!

Katherine Kean said...

Jean, Yelena - thanks!