In this blog we will share with you our vision of beauty, balance, harmony.

As Mark Leach writes in his book Raw Colour with Pastels: “Sound is all around us, and it is musicians who refine that sound into something of beauty. As a painter, I have always felt that my purpose is to craft colour in a similar way, to see through the confusion and seek harmony and beauty.”

And we add: Words, fragments of sentences, spoken noise is all around us, and Ken arranges words in such a way as to capture beauty in the accidental, the ambient soundtrack of life.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Rock N' Roll

Wird dieser Winter jemals aufhören - Will this winter ever stop 28,5 x 49,5 cm Acryl on wooden board


They say that a woman can be “won” 
through displays of expertise and passion.
Don’t try to market yourself, they say;
sell a life-style or an art form instead.
Better, try to sell both as one, and one as you.
My choice would be Rock n’ Roll. Only you 
can’t explain R&R. What kind of dialectic—
the kind that sounds like Pete Townshend
smashing his guitar against
Keith Moon’s drum-kit—
what kind of dialectic is that?
Badly slurred speech wrapped in a 
hangover; little ash piles of brain cells left behind
the trashed hotel rooms of a continent.
Confused, wracked with passion, red-eyed,
unzipped, crawling across a fire-proof carpet
in some nameless motel on the edge of Omaha
trying to make it to the rumor of
a chlorinated water-hole somewhere between
these plaster walls and the parking lot. And yet
to this day the Fair Grounds of Iowa beckon to us. The glory
of back-to-back dates in Peoria, in Duluth, the “Riot House” in full orgy.
What can you say about concerts at which some fans wear ear plugs?

Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song (February 27, 1972) Sydney Showground


  1. Hi Karin and Ken,
    I look at and read your blog every week. First of all, Karin - I have seen an improvement in your pastels almost every week as you learn to master that medium. I am not a big fan of pastels, though. so when I saw your acrylic this morning, I saw a big difference in your ability to convey a mood. I think that paint is a better medium to utilize gesture than pastel is, and in this piece, the use of gesture in expressing yourself is more apparent than in your pastels. And it went a long way in getting the feeling across to the viewer. It think your status as an artist took a big leap in this image.
    And Ken - I have been enjoying your poetry a lot. I particularly liked the poem about Morocco that you posted a few weeks ago. I am not going to offer any kind of technical comments about your poetry, since you know more about that end of things than I do. But suffice it to say that I enjoy almost every poem that I see here.
    Kudos to both of you.

  2. Hi Alan! Thank you so much for saying this - Ken and I really appreciate it. Not only your comment but also that you read the blog.
    By the way I kind of agree with you about gesture and pastel. I find it much easier to do abstracts with acrylics but I absolutely LOVE the medium of pastel. It is a different way of painting and I want to learn very much to make good expressive abstracts with it.
    Ken says that his poems are in free verse and so technical issues per se are not really relevant. What is interesting is mood, atmosphere, and cadence. But as T.S.Eliot wrote, no verse is "free" for the man who wants to do a good job.

  3. Enjoyed! Thank you! Ruthie

  4. And now I can like it as a follower!


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