“Underfinished Symphony”, 9×12 oil on canvas, by Rog Lyngaas, 18jul07, using choate7 non-toxic palette.
Shubert Exists? You know, the composer whose most famous symphony is his “Unfinished Symphony”.
When is a painting complete? This luminous one illustrates that the mind of the viewer completes the painting. You may examine this up close if you click on the painting [which you can do with any of my paintings]. Now, there are some in the art world that would call this painting just an under painting. Others would call it an over worked painting. Perhaps it is just right.
The idea of painting just enough for the viewers to use their minds is what I should be aiming for. It is what the Sumi-E masters teach. I believe my mentor is a Buddhist Sumi-E master hiding behind the cloak of a classic American landscape oil painter. Did you know that in the inner sanctums of many Buddhist temples are many beautiful landscape paintings? Apparently some people in the world find peace by meditation upon that which is portrayed in a landscape sumi-e painting. Perhaps if we all meditated on “underfinished” landscape paintings we would achieve world peace.