The Optimist's Declaration
Oil on canvas, 40x40
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Sara Genn, daughter of the late Robert Genn, sends copies of "The Painter's Keys," a newsletter that her father wrote while he was alive. (You can read all about the newsletter, and sign up to receive it by clicking here).
I love getting this newsletter and usually learn something from it, or am inspired to think a new thought or look at life and painting in a new way.
A recent newsletter focused on the value of titles. "The right title makes a difference as to how a work is seen and understood," Genn wrote. "Not only are titles a bridge to the viewer, they are also part of the art. I'm a believer in giving your titles some careful thought."
I finished this painting, "The Optimist's Declaration," a month or so ago, and gave it that title in my inventory list.
Today, when I went to put it on the blog, I couldn't remember where the name came from. Certainly, it was nothing I invented! I know it was a quote, but the only one I can find today came from Kierkegaard - and it feels unlikely that I was searching Kierkegaard! (the quote is below).
So if any of you recognizes this quote from a more friendly source than Kierkegaard, please let me know.
SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY, I'll be at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton, MA. The show takes place at the Three County Fairgrounds, and includes really wonderful art and fine craft. You will see amazing furniture, sculpture, mobiles, glass, clothing, photography, painting and more. It's a fun, fun show! You can find out more about it, and get a discount off admission by clicking here to visit the Paradise City Arts website.
A Final Thought
"The joy of faith is different from mere happiness or sheer enjoyment. The movement of resignation distinguishes faith from both a naive optimism and a careless hedonism. In the face of the former, the difference is that the optimist's declaration (when facing adversity) that 'everything will be alright' is not based on trust but rather on a refusal to acknowledge the full extent of loss and human limitation. In the case of the latter, the difference is that the hedonist's immersion in finitudes is not based on deep attachment but rather on seeking pleasure."
- Soren Kierkegaard