'Treats' Acrylic on wood assemblage ©robinrkent

Thursday, May 19, 2011

4-Eyes View the World

Vermont Ain't Flat  Acrylic on Masonite
copyright Robin R Kent

I just got new glasses. With all the bells and whistles. These lenses do everything but wash the dishes. First, they are the new and improved prescription which had been longed for for too long. (Newly retired ones were circa 2007.) Have you noticed when you get new glasses, your eyes are not in sync? Gives me a 'fresh eye' when objects look like they're in a 3D movie. Everything slopes downhill. The ground sure ain't flat. They also change color with the sun and the lens line disappears between the distance and reading part.  I'll look like a movie star and a lot younger in these babies. Especially when I take them off to check. Yep, still dewy complexion with no age lines...
But I've always loved my earliest memories of not seeing well. Such sweet fuzzy views of the world. I finally got glasses around the third grade and what I saw wasn't pretty. I was forced to face reality. These were not your rose colored glasses.
Gone were the soft-focused pastel colors of sky and clouds, of tree leaves and grass. For the first time, I saw the grass and all its blades.  I could almost see each santoku edge and imagine my father sharpening them one at a time during Sunday's predinner ritual. All nature had turned against itself - diamond reflections on the water that cut, and again too bright; light and dark colors competing against each other. No more blending into one. Why can't we all get along? It hurt to look.
That experience has made my contemporary painting style what it is. When I'm creating in my contemporary folk art world, the favored element is volume. Guess it has to be when I do sculpture. OK - in painting, I like mass the best. And blending. Milton Avery paints how I choose to see. Big blocks of mass with soft edges. Nothing persnickety. No minutia. Well, can't resist some dots or graphic additions at the end...but I never was an edgy person.


mimi torchia boothby watercolors said...

Your memory of getting your vision corrected is fascinating! Sounds like the real world was much too harsh for you. I hope these new glasses aren't quite as difficult to get used to.

Robin Kent said...

Yes, the world was too much with me. I've gotten used to it over the years with help from my art crutch! Wouldn't it be great to have glasses that showed you everything you needed to know about what you were viewing? Now that would be truly facing reality!

Carole said...

Oh the first pair of eye glasses....so long ago.....so ugly! The first pair of bifocals....where's the curb.....I can't see the curb....oh...trip....stumble....there it is!

"Non-edgyness" is one of your painting style's loveliest qualities! You make everything look so inviting and comfy. I love it.

Robin Kent said...

Ha! -been there too. Carole, I like your verbal choreography.
And thanks for the nice comments.

momamama said...

I find my eyes are always looking for the details in things.
It is relief when I finally put my glasses on and get a good focus once again. Robin, I think I would like to live in one of those houses on the hills in your painting.
Looks like a nice place with a great view!

Robin Kent said...

Hey Momamama!
You can see forever from there!

Beverly said...

You have such amazing vision. You can see what is possible, instead of what is.

Thanks for sharing your work.

Robin Kent said...

Such a great compliment from a great writer. Nicely put and thanks.

oldblackcatboo said...

Love this post.
I got my first pair of glasses when I was in the fifth grade...apparently I wasn't so stupid after all, I just couldn't see the blackboard.
The glasses didn't help my daydreaming though. That was my escape. I am near-sighted and I could always see things clearly up-close.
- Cindi

Robin Kent said...

Yup, Cindi, me too.