Chinese Tea

Painting a day: Chinese Tea
"Chinese Tea"
Oil on panel, 5 x 5 inches (12 x 12 cm)


Somebody once said that an artist should only paint enough for the viewer to finish the job. While that in many ways does not agree with my own approach, it does point to something important; the sense of Mystery in art.

This world we live in wants us (or at least makes it very easy for us) to think in black and white, yes and no, left and right... maybe now more than ever. Fortunately, at the heart of it, life isn't really like that.

The Mysterious in art isn't just a matter of cloaking vaguely exotic objects in deep shadows and lost edges, though that's certainly what I'm playing with here. It's the suggestion that maybe things aren't entirely what they appear to be, that on some level we don't - and maybe can't - fully know the world around us. For me, the best paintings are signposts along that path.

I find it comforting and at the same time a little disconcerting to consider that there's much more to everything than what meets the eye.