Here's a short video of the student group that my daughter and her colleague took to Ecuador. The students here are speaking about their perceptions as they visit an indigenous village. It's amazing to hear these students speak, and if you're a humanist, you will love this!
Monday, July 3, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
I’m so proud of my daughter, Jacqueline Hesse, and her colleague Christine McCartney, both teachers at Excelsior Academy, who believe in grassroots action and empowerment. I’m posting this to support their quest to teach and empower their students, who are fighting poverty and other problems in Newburgh, NY, by volunteering and travel education, to help revitalize their community.
It’s truly inspiring to listen to these fine young people who are trying to help themselves and their communities!
|Blooming Joy - Acrylic on Canvas - c Lynda Lehmann|
If we are going to discuss the validation of art by virtue of “skill” or “meaning,” we have to give abstraction a fair shake. To my way of thinking, abstract art is more interesting (if not more beautiful) than realism, because it presents a visual experience that has no precedent in reality. It presents something totally new and is its own reality. Realism refers to a single point in time and space even when it is arresting, compelling and speaks to universals.
But abstraction can be richly layered and full of ambiguity and mystery that yields fresh nuances of visual experience with each viewing. To me, abstract art comprises a rich, multi-dimensional experience because it doesn’t cater to the constraints of time and place. The new visual experience it presents is of value in and of itself, and does not require a literal meaning in the usual sense. As a matter of fact, it may call on the viewer to be a more active participant in the viewing, because it reaches beyond our usual scope of perception and lends itself to the subjective reality of each viewer. Art does not need to refer to political or religious ideologies, or even the continuum of human emotions and experience, to garner its meaning.
It simply is, and therein lies its meaning. And to me, abstraction is very compelling in its visual (and emotional) richness.
As for the “skills” part of the equation, Kandinsky (among others) manifested a high level of both imagination and skill that many realists don’t possess. Good abstraction is difficult to achieve, often involving both concept and great discipline that match or exceed many realist paintings.
Abstract art is often devalued because, to many people, it “looks” easy. To me, it represents the creative experience at its best.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
|Web of Light - Image c Lynda Lehmann 2016|
I have tweaked and stylized this image with software, to add contrast to the colors and lights and darks. I hope it fills you with a sense of awe, as it does, me!
I would rather watch the mystery of nature's cycles unfolding, than have riches in my hand. My heart and soul sing along with the gurgling light song of the stream.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
|A Tree in Maine - by Lynda Lehmann Art c 2016|
Here's a beautiful tree I photographed one spring, in Maine. There were four or five of these Kwanza Cherry Trees in a row, about 20 or so feet from each other, and their pink was just exploding in the sunlight!
Seeing all those cherry trees in a line, glowing pink and magenta in the sun, was wonderful serendipity, a touch of welcome color when walking down a road past grisled forest where the green was broken only by tree trunks and fallen branches.
The sunlight on the trees made the scene seem bigger than life. Isn't it amazing how the light makes all things pop, indeed, seems to make things come alive? In short, light seems to make things "real!"
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
|Orbiting Seashells - Digital Art c 2016 Lynda Lehmann|
I believe the "logic" of abstract art is purely an internal logic: a logic of the visual language. Some or many elements compete for various positions in the totality of the piece, and those elements can be compared to the elements of spoken language. Some areas are dominant, like the subject of a sentence. Some carry the "action," as a verb does. Other areas of the composition are transitional and create linkage between one area and another, kind of like a preposition.
This is just my own perception. But in my thinking, I have run into this metaphor again and again. And I'm fascinated by the language comparison: in this case, with the analogous visual parts making up the analogous (visual) "whole."
In what way do YOU regard abstraction? Maybe you think of it in a musical or psychological or religious paradigm?
Lynda Lehmann c 2013
from "Peripheral Vision: Inner Sights by Lynda Lehmann"