Friday, October 7, 2011

Pears 7

Pears 7
Oil on Wood
Pears seem positively mundane compared to the art of Charlotte Salomon at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Intense. Emotional. Obsessively she created 1300 paintings about her life and times bearing witness to the Holocaust which ultimately took her life at 26. Sad and poignant and horrifying. Her creative spirit defiantly fills the room. A powerful reminder that lodges deep in the heart.
It's Fleet Week in San Francisco, a celebration of Naval Aviation. I left the museum to find aircraft carriers in the Bay and sailors on every corner. Old timey planes flying by in formation. It felt like a time warp. As I write it is a golden October afternoon, everyone is out enjoying the sunshine and the week's end. People watch in awe as the Blue Angels fly overhead. Their power and precision both beautiful and disturbing. A reminder that lodges in the heart.
For the moment I'm sticking with pears. Beautiful in their simplicity.

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