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Painting by the Numbers
by Kevin S. Hart

Saturday, February 07, 2004
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Painting by the Numbers


Schizoid reds, paranoid blues,

Psychotic yellows, bizarre greens,

Demented white, psychopathic black

Deranged chaos, lunacy mixed, evolves.

Possible glory sets with slow westering sun.

Sgraffito knife slashes clash with

Bristle strokes snatched swift from palette,

Losing race to fading shades.

Woven linen, slopped in stewed rabbit glue, stretched,

Pulled, nail impaled to smooth-sanded, square wooden frame,

Clamped against its will to pigment-stained easel,

Has suffered failure,

More than enjoying deserved applause.

Doesn’t care; soaring

Impressionism, dark surrealism,


Formal portraiture,

Reality’s fractals reflecting

Dilettante vision,

(Which is, it knows, myopic),

Have nothing to do

With its natural state, blank man-made, flax slate.

Dares artist’s pretension: coax just one masterpiece…

Use mere linseed cloth, sable, wooden sticks, pastes of hue.

Alizarin, lazuli,

Sepia ink, ocher sought, unearthed,

Vibrant viridians, violets …

Painters have visual choices, their worst risk

To be denied alla prima emotion.

For those who sketch color with language,

There’s no room for error; fearing gray,

Impossible, wordless void.

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Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 2/10/2004
Incredible visuals, almost like looking at an art work!
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 2/7/2004
Almost makes you afraid to DO anything, doesn't it? Interesting write.
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