Sunday, February 20, 2011
Kepler's First Law and Other Universal Principles
Kepler's First Law
by Katharine A. Cartwright
watercolor on paper
26" x 19"
The orbit of every planet is an ellipse with the Sun at one of the two foci.
Somehow, in the midst of moving, I've managed to complete another painting in my series The Laws of Nature. Painting keeps me sane, even if the results seem a little insane. I think the word is therapeutic. Although I haven't had the chance to return to Kandinsky's book, I continue to ponder his ideas and motivation. Is the act of creating art always therapeutic for the artist? Is this a universal condition? I'll test that notion over the next month since all of my art tools and materials are now in storage until this moving transition is complete. This will be the longest period that I haven't painted and I wonder how it will impact me. Will I resort to thumb-sucking? At least I still have my sketchbook.
What does artmaking do for you?