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Ventura

GC Myers- Ventura 2022

VenturaLittle Gems at the West End Gallery



The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.

― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness



The painting shown above, Ventura, is a late addition to this year’s Little Gems show that opens this coming Friday, February 11 at the West End Gallery.

The title is taken from the Latin word that means future or the things that will come. And that is how I view the underlying meaning in this small piece.

A journey forward toward the future, forever following light but never truly knowing what lies ahead. As Le Guin points out, this uncertainty itself might be the thing that drives us forward.

If so, we must be aware of each step of the journey, to pause occasionally to take in and savor the colors and textures of the moment.

I think that sums up this painting well, at least in how I read it. You may well see it differently.

For this week’s Sunday Morning Music I am going with an old favorite that I haven’t heard in awhile, one that might fit well with Ventura. The song is Wayfaring Stranger from the late great Doc Watson. I sometimes forget to listen to Doc’s music and when I hear it again, the eloquence and power in his simple and plaintive voice is like a soothing balm. Good stuff.



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