Lots of ideas formulating but it seems perhaps from an alchemical standpoint that may get in the way...
Harry and I walked around the Art Gallery of Ontario today visiting with the work of Basquiat who had this to say, "The more I paint, the more I like everything." Zing...last night's session, and talk of blue as a paint and blue as a natural colour.
Question: isn't art an abstraction? As much as we love the work of Cezanne, or Chagall, or Kandinsky isn't using the blue paint an abstraction from the sensual blue in nature? I understand writing to be the least sensual of all arts and therefore arguably the most difficult because no sense is directly accessed but only through the door of imagination does a reader recreate a sensual world. Painting uses a physical medium to describe a physical world but is yet an abstraction from that world.
More Basquiat, "I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life." Again, sounds alchemical to me.
He was a heroin addict, quite mad, and insightful, gifted, profound at once.
His dear friend Andy Warhol leaves me behind. Warhol's surface treatment of everything is just too deep for me.
Bye for now...