Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Grasslands Sunrise"

"Light is a thing that cannot be reproduced, 
but must be represented by something else – by color."   
Paul Cezanne

"Grasslands Sunrise"
oil painting            24" x 48"

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Atlantic Sunrise"

“The spiritual life,
to which art belongs and of which she is one of the mightiest elements,
is a complicated but definite and easily definable movement forwards and upwards.
This movement is the movement of experience.”     

Atlantic Sunrise
oil painting          24" x 48"

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Hot Summer Sunrise"

"The Artist is someone with an overheated brain."   Milton Resnick

"Hot Summer Sunrise"  
oil painting             12" x 24"

Monday, October 25, 2010

Artist Statement

Artist Statement
Suzanne Frazier

Presenting the presence of the numinous is the purpose of my work.  

I paint the beauty of what cannot be named but only can be pointed to through observation of the mystery and majesty of this world. 

As Rudolph Otto observed, our response to the numinous is unique and one of fascination. 
He believed that every person on the planet has the capacity to perceive the numinous,
however, it must be received into consciousness; it cannot be taught. 

The work whispers into the viewer’s consciousness to remember the numinous.

The response to the whisper of the colors on the canvas usually is a sense of peace.

My contemplative approach to oil painting centers around sunrises and sunsets, when, as the mystics say, there is a crack in the sky between heaven and earth.  It is a special time of day when one feels awe and beauty.  The numinous is present.

My work provides a space to share the contemplation, or as Plato spoke about, the primordial truth.  

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Purpose of my Art

"Yugen"  (Eternal Potential)
oil painting                    24" x 60"

With each painting, I give the viewer a moment to take a deep breath and remember
what has been forgotten in the busy lifestyle that pervades the American culture. 

My paintings are a reminder to look around the buildings and through the trees to the sky with the majestic colors.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Philosophy of Life

"Time is not a field
to be measured in rods
nor a sea
to be measured in miles
it is a heart beat"

This is my philosophy on life which I have held since college.
Our hearts are connected to the spirit within us and with each other.
The beating of our hearts together is why we exist on this planet.
Everything else supports our gentle, loving connection.
Listen to your heart beat today.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What is Contemplative Art?

The product of creative expression
out of the pure joy of creating,
grounded in a contemplative connection
to the "radiance and perfection" of spirit,
known only through one's experience of
fully human.

This is a definition that I decided upon after years of reading about the contemplative process from may points of views and spiritual groundings.  It is my experience of making contemplative art.