I will be updating this web site with many of my smaller Holiday paintings. There have been many requests......stay tuned. Thought for this early Sunday Morning. Be still. Hmmmm, my very favorite painting in the world is Edward Hoppers, Early Sunday Morning, hold on a minute while I search the web for it.
Of course you know that I have a story that goes along with this. Edward Hopper has probably influenced me more than any other artist. This particular painting is my very favorite. I would study this image in my early days, I mean it's beautiful simplicity, it's profound silence, the first light of day, and a street asleep, peaceful yet mysterious. Well in the late 70's before Tina, before T's, and before the kids, I visited NYC with my soulmate John Campopiano on a hot August weekend. We were all fired up wanting to see the newest art filling the cutting edge galleries in SoHo. Well guess what, in August in New York, SoHo shuts down. Nothing new, the place was hot and empty.
So John suggested the Whitney, I disappointedly said OK. The Whitney is good, but I was ready for NEW! Anyway we arrived at the Whitney and decided to start on the top floor and work our way down. John and I were full of life, talking art, talking relationships, and any deep conversational topic that we could. Our intensity was combustible.
Still deep in conversation, the elevator bell rang, we kept the conversation going. The doors opened and we stepped out, and facing us was this magnificent masterpiece of Hoppers, Early Sunday Morning. I stood there and my body filled with chills and my eyes with tears, and as I write, those same feelings overcome me.
The power of Art. The ability of one persons soul, expressed on canvas, to communicating with another soul. WOW!
That's why I paint! That why I do what I do. The conversation, our conversation, soulful expressions shared.
May your Sunday morning be profoundly still and re-energizing, as mine has been.
Thanks for listening and sharing,