Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Eggsistentialism


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I have to admit, my dad came up with today and yesterday's titles. I am not that clever. In googling how I might spell today's, I tried to refresh my memory (from college) about the meaning of existentialism. Apparently, perhaps due to paint fumes, I've actually gotten dumber since then. I couldn't make heads or tails from the few definitions I read. Anyone have a simple synopsis?

17 comments:

Kim said...

yeah - coming up dry on that one... but this painting is egg-squisite! (sorry - couldn't help it ; )

Esther said...

First, I adore your painting style, Carol! I used your work as inspiration in 2 of my oil painting classes last semester.

Those blasted paint fumes. ;) How's this for a simplified definition? A theory that a person is free and responsible to create their own development through the choices they make

Jerry Stocks said...

No simple synopsis, but I do love the painting.

Brenda Behr said...

Love the painting. so now we know where you got your wordsmith skills. Dad's are a gift.

G. Pater Paintings said...

I take existentialism to mean that although it may seem or feel like we live in a meaningless, undefined and confusing world, it is our personal responsibility to find the meaning and fulfillment in our own existence. Although each person has a different definition of personal fufillment, one must define his/her own interpretation of such and try to live their life to that degree.... I think? Whew. Don't quote me on that.

Either way, I love the painting and it's a great title! I think naming paintings is one of the hardest parts!

Esther said...

First, I adore your painting style, Carol! I used your work as inspiration in 2 of my oil painting classes last semester.

Those blasted paint fumes. ;) I really like the definition breakdown above. I see existentialism as the idea that we are free and responsible to create our own development and happiness through our choices.

Virginia Floyd said...

What Gina said. LOL, I couldn't define it either.

I love the glass bowl. I like how the fork is refracted, and the cup and shadow show through. Only the rim tells me the bowl is there. Wonderful job of simplifying, Carol! I'd have been trying to paint every little glint of light on the bowl.

Stephanie Berry said...

This is my favorite of these egg paintings. I love the lavendar shadow. Cute title too. Clever dad!

KarenR said...

existentialism = a state of angst about the meaning of life.
This is my definition, anyway!
A counter-productive state as it involves analysing and not doing.
Unfortunately, I do this all the time.
It is a brilliant description of your painting as no doubt the eggs are concerned about the meaning of their own existence now they are neither inside their shells nor forming a new life!!!

Barb said...

I wrote a blog post about existential angst one time. http://sothethingisblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/existential-angst.html

I'm not sure if that exactly answers your question. But it does seem to be a universal searching for the reason for our existence.

(I love the egg paintings! (I have one, you'll remember.) I'm so glad you're doing them again!)

Gabriele Baber said...

Ok, so, I love your work. I could sit and study your brush work all day. Just love it! You inspire me to keep on pushing paint...

Sarah said...

Existentialism = Henry David Thoreau. I remember that from high school! But, aside from living by a remote lake all by himself and writing a book about it...I don't know too much else. Oh well. Love this series, and can attest that they are more lovely in person! - Sarah

Gloria E. Moses said...

This is a beauty, deep in thought and depth today!

SamArtDog said...

This series is so appealing you've got me sneaking in an egg a say.

Robin Weiss said...

Hi Carol, I have been admiring your paintings for years! Thanks for all of your daily jewels!

Love the effortless, confidence of brushwork and command of subtle grays! Oh, and your titles are great too...an art in itself!..=]

Carol Jessen said...

It means that you define yourself by your intentional actions. (i.e., not a belief system devised by others and only expressed verbally) Existentialists believe that there is no certainty about what is right and wrong, and is therefore closely associated with situation ethics. Good painting!

SamArtDog said...

...an egg a day... with a "d". Apparently, eggs do nothing for my typing skills.