THE ART OF LISTENING
I know two painters who are terrific listeners. Because they’re good listeners, they’re excellent tellers of tales.
Have you seen the painting titled “Listening”, to be found in artCentral’s Newsletter and on our posters and invitations currently scattered all around town? The image is Frank Young’s brim-hatted, seated woman sunning in a lawn chair with the waters of Shoal Creek washing over her feet. Ah, the promise of pleasures to come—spring and warm weather and summer leisure—time to sit and time to practice listening.
In this fine collection of thirty-two oil paintings, Frank Young tells us what he finds when he engages his environment in conversation. He shows us how he looks and listens and allows his discoveries to tell their tales through his brushes.
At artCentral you see Frank listening and painting the rhythms of workmen’s syncopated footsteps; the wind stirring the surf and teasing the scarlet shirt of a child running into the froth. You see Frank listening to the silence of an empty alley, the blue of shadows spilling down a sloping street and the cacophony of desks, chairs, plants and canvases jostling in this painter’s perspective.
By his looking, listening and painting, Frank shows us the “SEEN and UNSEEN”. They are companions in his everyday world and ours, too, when we practice the Art of Listening.
Andrew Batcheller most certainly practices the Art of Listening when he’s creating—whether preliminary sketching with the soft tip of a colored pencil on paper or stroking oils with a diminutive brush on a gargantuan canvas. Andrew says that while he’s working, there’s a story soundtrack telling a tale inside his head.
These days Andrew is painting a captivating narrative on artCentral’s Great Wall. Using our lovely palette of vitality and hospitality—très leafy, spring green and white—Andrew’s sharing the tale currently playing in his fertile mind—a story about the artists of artCentral , about our community and about our supporting one another in a world of natural, magical beauty, elegance and wonder.
This is a tale of petals collected into exquisite blossoms—about petals dancing and being caught and held and supported by a gracefully twining stem of undulating connections flowing into a future and returning to childhood where artCentral kids come to paint their very own Great Wall in shapes and forms and colors—all expressions of their own listening and imagining and telling yet another new story waiting to be seen and heard and told.
At artCentral we artists all, great and small, practice the Art of Listening.