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I’ve been edging toward the completion of a medium-sized painting I’ve been nibbling at since late last year, and finally doing so with increased satisfaction at the interplay between the colors–mostly neutral–and the shifting and overlapping verticals and diagonals that make up the formal arrangement.

Taking a break for lunch and then a stroll, I wandered into a local art gallery that was showing the work of the late painter Jake Berthot.

There, I discovered that Berthot, who moved to upstate New York nearly 25 years ago from his life in Manhattan, had written on his studio wall a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. And Emerson’s words resonate far beyond the narrow confines of painting, and are worth sharing with the wider world:

“We may climb into the thin and cold realm of pure geometry and lifeless science, or sink into that of sensation. Between these extremes is the equator of life, of thought, or spirit, or poetry–a narrow belt.” 

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