What I would have entered into the competition but would it be understood? I doubt it.
Instead I was working on this one:
But it ended up being scraped out without enough time to reconstruct it. Nobody was around to slap the paintbrush and razor from my hand. Such is life. The curved road was bothering me but now I kind of like it. The sky was much more dynamic, in reality, more threatening and dark…so I was also working on that when it fell apart.
What am I after?
I am really reaching deeper down to pull off something that I only have a vague idea of right now. I want a landscape to be unconventional and more that a copy of the image before me. “After life” (dal vero) for me is much more than copying nature. One has to add poetry and empathy, spirituality and all that. Self expression but only to a point. It is a delicate balancing act.
To “penetrate the veil” requires a type of artistic scuba diving that most are unwilling to attempt. To go deeper is risky because many a good painting might have to be sacrificed on the plunge.
Today I meet with Alex Notman, Director of DIVA, regarding DIVA status.
Revisiting some of the issues raised by Weekly article:
— Jerry Ross
The battle of the Volturno (1 October 1860) was the last major clash during Garibaldi’s invasion of the Kingdom of Naples, and saw him defeat a major Neapolitan counterattack that if successful would have forced him to abandon Naples and might have allowed Francis II to save his throne.
At the end of the first phase of the Second War of Italian Independence the Kingdom of Naples, or of the Two Sicilies, had remained an independent power, ruled by the new but somewhat reactionary Bourbon monarch Francis II. The veteran revolutionary Garibaldi came under a great deal of pressure to support an uprising in Sicily that might lead to the removal of the Bourbons and the unification of southern and northern Italy, and in 1860, with secret support from Piedmont, he landed on Sicily at the head of the Thousand. Palermo fell soon after the landing, and within two months Garibaldi was master of Sicily. His next target was to cross to the mainland and capture Naples.