1917 - 2009
My heartfelt thanks to one of my favorite artists. As long as I can remember I loved the painting "Master Bedroom", pictured above. It always spoke to my heart, it was a connection to my heritage. I imagined that being a room in my great-grandparents farmhouse. Every time I see this painting, there is a warm, soft, familiar feeling in my heart and my thanks go to Andrew Wyeth.
May he rest in peace.
Here are a few quotes of his that I took from the news story I read this morning.
"Really, I think one's art goes only as far and as deep as your love goes," Wyeth said in a Life magazine interview in 1965.
"I don't paint these hills around Chadds Ford because they're better than the hills somewhere else. It's that I was born here, lived here — things have a meaning for me."
Much of Wyeth's work had a melancholy feel — aging people and brown, dead plants — but he chose to describe his work as "thoughtful."
"I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future — the timelessness of the rocks and the hills — all the people who have existed there," he once said. "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 is sad. Is it because we've lost the art of being alone?"