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Mystery of the visible

Highly Commended TasArt Awards 2014 (McLean McKenzie & Topfler Award).

Mystery of the visible - Living light
Mystery of the visible
Scott Bennett
Oil on linen
Private collection

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Working titles: The Mystery of the visible, Living light, Daylights, Things of a day. Living daylights is an archaic reference to the eyes. It is something my dad used to say but unfortunately it has lost the original connotation.

A Defence of Poetry

"A man cannot say, 'I will compose poetry.' The greatest poet even cannot say it; for the mind in creation is as a fading coal, which some invisible influence, like an inconstant wind, awakens to transitory brightness; this power arises from within, like the color of a flower which fades and changes as it is developed, and the conscious portions of our natures are unprophetic either of its approach or its departure. Could this influence be durable in its original purity and force, it is impossible to predict the greatness of the results; but when composition begins, inspiration is already on the decline, and the most glorious poetry that has ever been communicated to the world is probably a feeble shadow of the original conceptions of the poet." (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

mondrian compostion
Composition with large red plane, yellow black grey and blue.
Piet Mondrian

Flatness is the compositional focus of my painting. While working on it, I kept thinking about Mondrian's grid-based works and his "primary" colours. I found the image above today (April 2015) but I couldn't remember if I had seen it before. It makes me wonder about the influence of subconscious memory.