It’s the monsoon season now, but we’ve had an unusual amount of rain all spring so the desert treated us to an wonderful visual display. The Cholla cactus flowers are so bright they tend to look fake, and the yellow feathery blossoms of the Desert Bird of Paradise remind me of the Mimosa tree we had in the front yard of my childhood home in Texas.
Centerpiece II, like the Centerpiece I, shows vases holding desert blooms on a briefly indicated table. The landscape forms a backdrop to the scene as it does in our lives. The flowers serve as the table’s centerpiece but in a more formal sense the imagery is also centered. According to scientists, we are biologically wired to like order and so often find formal design pleasing. It’s a little thing we can control about our world and our lives.
I’ve been thinking a lot about order and chaos in art. I love this idea from Alfred North Whitehead: “Order is the lure of beauty; and beauty is the teleology (or purpose) of the universe.”
This painting will be shown at Unsettled Gallery. You can read more about these on my blog.