Lessons of Darkness

This is the work of darkness – not

just night – but that other lacking time

when light is unseen. It is chiaroscuro.

Without art. Under an arch of lamentation,

these three days have been midnight unmoving.



Astronomer by Candlelight by Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613 – 1675) with a touch of modern technology


We write to taste life twice.

We paint, take the photo, record light

changing around us, trying desperately to catch

the moment, hold it for the future,

get a second chance – and always fail.

The moment changed. The artist more changed.


“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ~ Anaïs Nin

Monet en Plein-Air

Oscar-Claude floating somewhere in the late 1800s.

Prolific practitioner en plein-air, painting Giverny lilies.

Sunrise over his home, garden, waterliy pond.

In white suit, under a large skyshade,

cigarette also waiting for a new century.



Monet’s ‘impression of sunrise   Soleil Levant