I think I like the word "perspicacity" it weighs in with a little more thought than "intuition"

I was ruminating while walking (my idea of multi tasking). Having dedicated much enjoyment reading Landscape Artist past and present thoughts on rhythm.  Not so much gathering in good conversation these "new norm"days. Reading seems to help and  *cough buying books does of course too:). As I was saying/typing : I was feeling the need to validate if others considered rhythm and how that weighed in with their sensitivity (intuition) and thought process (perspicacity).  Artist are more inclined to communicate through media rather than words. Makes no sense at all for the world to expect visual people to also write and speak well about what and why they do what they do BUT IT DOES! Well enough but I'm often hard pressed to find more than glimpse or spurt  beyond artist statements/bios or collection titles. Peggy Immel, https://www.peggyimmel.com/ Landscape Artist , is very good with instruction hence words.  Peggy is my good go-to with regards to artist approach merged with technical info. On this particular day I had gleaned through some of Peggy's works and decided to do the walking thinking thing I do. Fresh in my mind was this particular Peggy Immel painting.

 and you do know you can click on the images for larger size view

As providence would have it I happened upon this gem of similar rhythm to Peggy's Fireweed. Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) evasive yes and yes when you discover it then most certainly you will discover a lot of it running wildly in rhythm..


Peggy Immel, “Fireweed,” 2018, oil, 12 x 12 in., Private collection, Plein air
https://www.peggyimmel.com/

So off we go walking, ruminating  and running wildly with the loosestrife rhythms, rehearsing some of the things I had read

Virgina Woolf writes: 

Style is a very simple matter: it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words. But on the other hand here am I sitting after half the morning, crammed with ideas, and visions, and so on, and can’t dislodge them, for lack of the right rhythm. Now this is very profound, what rhythm is, and goes far deeper than words. A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes words to fit it; and in writing (such is my present belief) one has to recapture this, and set this working (which has nothing apparently to do with words) and then, as it breaks and tumbles in the mind, it makes words to fit it. But no doubt I shall think differently next year. ~ The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume Three 

It is here I first spied purple rhythms running companion along a piece of woods weighted berries on gigantic stalks of poke

of course I got right in the midst of things and sat for a time with my thoughts.

 reflecting on Lori Putnam's words. 
https://loriputnam.online/ (yes she teaches "la" sometimes the best words come from teachers)

Artist’s Statement: As a Contemporary American Impressionist, what interests me is rarely any specific subject unto itself. Instead I see color harmony, rhythms, patterns, and strong shapes. Weaving in and out, the world at 60 mph, life at a glance, this is how I paint. It is fascinating seeing this way. My art engages its viewers, like passers by who have to stop and move in more closely. The work invites them to find their own answers, like following clues to a mystery, and they can become an artist themselves, even if only for a brief time.

WAIT FOR IT ... I"M GETTING TO IT

(more of Lori's words) https://www.outdoorpainter.com/ways-to-use-rhythms-landscape-painting/

Traffic lights are also an example of my counting shapes and putting them into sets. I cannot tell you how many traffic lights I pass as I am driving. What I can tell you is if the one at which I may be sitting currently has a pattern of 2 or 3. Meaning the number of lights is divisible by either 2 or 3. Now, this may seem really odd if you are not a pattern counter. And in fact, many people suffer from Arithmomania (a mental disorder associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder). But in this case, the counting has nothing to do how many of something there is or how many times you must do something (like wash your hands). It is not about special numbers or keeping a tally. Telephone poles and picket fences can go on and on. I do not have to find the last one or count all of them. It is about observing patterns and spatial relationships. And I believe my early discovery of this is why I am in tune to rhythms and patterns around me.

I cannot talk about all of this without at least mentioning fractals. If you know anything about them, you understand that these infinitely complex patterns occur all over the natural world, from seashells to galaxies and all of the river systems and growth spirals in between. Why is this important to me? Well for one, it is reassuring that I do not need a finite number to feel safe. Instead, I celebrate the vastness of it all. Fractals are less about mathematics to me and more about design. It is not only the pattern of objects, but the spaces between them and the visual relationship they have to each other. Most importantly, it feeds my fascination.

SOAKED ALL THAT IN? 

(no worries me either still ruminating over here)
 how about you and I just sit here with it for awhile and soak in the rhythms of this beautiful place.
It might do some good for our intuitions and perspicacity or is it perspicuity  hmm. lovely just the same


“I believe it’s most important to discern what a painting is about — to know what it is I want to convey. Is it the light, something about the subject matter, a color combination, or color temperature gradation? Maybe it’s just a feeling I have. Whatever it is, I need to define it early on because once I know and lock that in my mind, I keep revisiting that idea as I’m working, and this gives my painting process clear direction. Otherwise, the painting can be like that story that goes around a big circle and when it gets back to the beginning, it’s not at all the same story. We have an idea, then lose it and go off following another trail, and another. Staying focused and true to the original idea is key.”

~ Peggy Immel, “Path to Success” (PleinAir Magazine, June/July 2019)  

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