Sunday, March 13, 2011

praise be

© Wayne Thiebaud
Some artists convey in their work a distinct sense that they are lovers of life. And they help us to be one, too. Consider these cakes painted by Wayne Thiebaud. There's simply no way someone could have a shriveled soul and give the world a treat like this. An inspiring article about him appears in the February issue of Smithsonian magazine which bears this out. And today I read a rare interview with Mary Oliver in Oprah magazine in which she refers to herself as a praise poet. "I acknowledge my feeling and gratitude for life by praising the world and whoever made all these things." No wonder her poems are like prayers. A painter and a writer. Guiding lights.

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