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Wind from the Sea

I walked up into the dry attic room one day.  It was a hot summer day in August, so hot that I went over to that window, pushed it up about six inches and as I stood there, looking out, all of the sudden this curtain that had been lying there stale for years, God knows how long, began to slowly rise, and the birds crocheted on it began to move.  My hair stood on end.  So I drew it very quickly and incisively and I didn’t get a west wind for a month and a half after that either.

Andrew Wyeth on Wind from the Sea.  1947

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  • Casey Klahn May 13, 2018, 1:03 PM


  • John Venlet May 14, 2018, 5:00 AM

    Though Wyeth’s jotting on this work does provide some explanatory data points with which to “view” Wind from the Sea, unlike much art today which requires almost a dissertation to be viewed and allegedly understood, Wyeth’s work can simply be enjoyed for the evocative beauty it portrays, no explanation required.

  • ghostsniper May 14, 2018, 9:28 AM

    Excellent, John.
    If it needs explanin’, it ain’t art.
    Art is enjoyed, and appreciated.
    I can stare at Wyeth’s window and “feel” the warm breeze.
    If I look at a slash of red on a mixture of angst I “feel” contempt for everyone involved.
    From the lazyass that slopped it together to the con artist that explains its display.
    Off with their nutz!

  • Snakepit Kansas May 15, 2018, 5:02 AM

    Wind from the Sea – Looks like it would be incredibly difficult to draw. Beautiful.

  • ghostsniper May 15, 2018, 7:51 PM

    It’s all about skill Snake.
    The person that did that has thousands of sketches, studies, paintings, etc., under his belt.
    If you had his experience you could do it too, and maybe even better!
    And then, like knowing how the magicians trick works, the mystery of the painting would be gone.
    Nobody’s an expert at everything but everybody is real good at something.

  • Casey Klahn May 16, 2018, 10:01 AM

    Skill? That’s a lot of horseshit.

    Skill is an entré, but it’s the mind/heart that creates art. If I’m wrong, then a goddamn computer will replace artists. Re: the one that painted a *new* Rembrandt.

    OK. Calming down. This is why art will continue to be a premium thing in civilization. It aint really that pedestrian. Sometimes, it requires edumacation! If I’m wrong, then we can refer back to the Greeks, and there is no need for any art after that. Freeze history – it accounts for nothing.

  • ghostsniper May 16, 2018, 2:23 PM

    Yes, skill.
    Horseshit is modern art.
    I sometimes refer it as “The Designers Toolbox”.
    All of the little things that are learned along the way, not necessarily the things learned in school.
    The half millions things I did “wrong” when designing that came back at a later time to find usefulness.
    The other half million things I did “just because” that never came back at all.

    Recently I took on what will be a rather large project that includes, initially, 4 unique buildings that have never been seen before. They don’t just break the mold, they create all new molds. I only have a very foggy view of them myself but they are becoming clearer with each passing day as I draw more elements from my Designers Toolbox.

    This place will be called “TrailHawk” and it is being developed entirely in the design stage by me, for some investors. It was my idea, my vision, and I approached them and they agreed and gave me full reign. Ascending toward my new pinnacle.

    30 years ago I’d have not been able to take on such a project for my Designers ToolBox was rather meager. I still needed to scale higher mountains so that I might see farther, enhancing my toolbox.

    Notice the word “architect” and see how it is art and builder all in one.
    Anyone can do art, just look around, everyone’s an artist these days, even people that aren’t.
    We have senses and we are all born artists, appreciative of the things that please us.
    To do architecture you have to bring it to life, the built environment.
    Not just something hanging on the wall or standing in the corner that needs to be deciphered or explained.
    It is art on hyper-steroids.
    A symphony of a million individual parts singing in harmony.
    It not only has to look good, anybody can do that, it must also perform.
    Some claim it’s function is more important than it’s form, but I say neither side needs to sacrifice.
    It all comes down to skill and the contents of “The Designers ToolBox”.

  • Casey Klahn May 16, 2018, 9:10 PM

    What’s the difference between an architect and an engineer?