The Everything is Sky paintings signal a passing of time and a shift in mood as I continue an exploration of painting as subject matter. The paintings nevertheless continue to convey my love for landscape. The title came to mind while reading "Where the Heart Beats", a biography of John Cage by Kay Larson. How Cage's experience of Zen Buddhism influenced his art has given me much to consider in my approach to painting.
"Now you feel how nothing clings to you" is a line from the poem The Buddha in Glory by Ranier Maria Rilke that I read at my brother's funeral in late 2009. My reading of the poem was the impetus for my current reflection on chaos and impermanence and for beginning these paintings.
16 Paintings for Marjorie are acrylic on wood panels. They extend my process, which engaged me for fifteen years, of producing works composed of multiples of four.