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The Uplifted Heart

GC Myers- The Uplifted Heart , 2022

The Uplifted Heart– Coming to the Kada Gallery



As I walked in the woods I felt what I often feel that nothing can befall me in life, no calamity, no disgrace (leaving me my eyes) to which Nature will not offer a sweet consolation. Standing on the bare ground with my head bathed by the blithe air, & uplifted into the infinite space, I become happy in my universal relations. The name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign & accidental. I am the heir of uncontained beauty and power.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals



Since Thoreau has made a couple of appearances this week, I figured we’d keep going on the Transcendentalist Train and have a little Ralph Waldo Emerson this morning. After all, their reverence for nature, the individual, the conscience and intellectual reason make me believe that they match up well with the spirit of my work.

I certainly think this new painting, a 24″ by 24″ canvas titled The Uplifted Heart, meshes with that Transcendentalist spirit, especially as it pertains to the excerpt from Emerson above.

Standing on the bare ground with my head bathed by the blithe air, & uplifted into the infinite space, I become happy in my universal relations... I am the heir of uncontained beauty and power.

That’s some powerful feeling. I wouldn’t be disappointed if that were the only thing that a single person took away from one of my paintings. That transcendent feeling is, after all, what most artists, me included, seek through their work.

This piece comes close to that for me.

The Uplifted Heart is part of Places of Peace, my solo exhibit of works that opens next Friday, November 4 at the Kada Gallery in Erie, PA. There is an opening reception that runs from 6-9 PM. I will be there and look forward to talking with some folks I haven’t seen in quite some time. Hope you can make it.

Here’s a wonderful performance from David Byrne and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus of his song One Fine Day.Its tone and title fit this post well.



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