“The Fountain” is Super Trippy

I wish I’d seen The Fountain in a theatre. It deserves the biggest screen you can find. It’s a film I know I’ll have to watch again to fully appreciate. Even now, though, I’m still amazed by it. It is an existential mediation, a surreal yet very real exploration of love and grief and life and the universe and everything.

From the DVD Talk review: “While acknowledging that The Fountain may not suit everyone’s fancy, I still advocate that everyone should see it. Darren Aronofsky has written a script that is philosophical, spiritual, and emotional, and he has somehow dressed it up in truly gorgeous clothes without disappearing up his own behind in a fit of pretentiousness. Working with marvellous performances by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, the director has made a movie that is both a heady rush and emotionally powerful, giving us a feast for our eyes while also stimulating our brains and our hearts. A very rare treat.” What he said. (And check out Jim Emerson’s blog for further commentary on the film.)

Peter Kelsey, The Painter

cupids painting by peter kelseyI posted about a painting by Leonard Kelsey I own, not knowing anything about Kelsey.

Peter Kelsey left a comment about it, and although it appears he isn’t related to the artist of my painting. He was kind enough to email photos of some of his work, allowing me to post them.

rebecca and pop painting by peter kelsey lighthouse painting by peter kelsey quidi vidi painting by peter kelsey

I have lofty ambitions to tackle artistic endeavors (eg. painting, writing), but I never get around to dedicating lots of time to it.

(Click the images for a larger view.)

William Wharton, 1925-2008

As a commenter noted on my previous post, William Wharton, Author, Dies at 82:

William Wharton, a successful impressionist painter who at 53 published his first novel, “Birdy,” which won a National Book Award, became a critically acclaimed movie and led to a dozen more books, died Wednesday in Encinitas, Calif. He was 82.

Phillip and I are saddened to learn about this, that we won’t be reading anything new from him. You learn a lot about him and his family through his books, and he seemed to be someone you’d want to hang around with.

I’m going to reread Houseboat on the Seine: it’s a celebration of his life. Highly recommended. It’ll make you laugh and make you cry. I enjoyed ALL his books.

William Wharton was an accomplished painter but I never saw much of his work until Phillip found this YouTube video of his paintings:

Phillip and I were coincidentally discussing an old interview of Wharton the day before we heard of his death: Reasons for Life: A conversation with William Wharton.

I believe that we constantly have to keep our ear to the ground, our ground, and all the rest of it, in order to know what seems to fit the morality and the persona of what we usually call “God”. But the very word “God” is meaningless. The word itself does not mean anything to me, I do not care for the word itself, it is just the word “dog” spelled backwards.

He talks about influences in his life including painters. An interesting interview.

Now go read one of his excellent books.

Update: An informative obituary of Wharton from The Guardian.

A Painting By Leonard E. Kelsey

I have this painting titled “Old English Home” by Leonard E. Kelsey, dated 1915. On the back is a label with the painting’s title, painter, and date, along with the sentence:

“CAP ROUGE” on the ST. LAWERE

I assume that’s the location the painting represents.

I know nothing about the painter or painting besides what’s obvious on the painting itself. Googling “leonard kelsey paint” turns up this reference to him from the Biographical Index of Artists in Canada:

KELSEY, Leonard Edgar b London 1883, d W Vancouver 1975, paint M MM RCA

He died an old man. I can’t find any other references to him or his paintings.

I think the painting’s title refers to Cap Rouge in Quebec, which is on the St. Lawrence river.