A Page from Paul's Journal
March 27, 2002
When I think of art, I usually think about sensory pleasure. I enjoy art
from the abstract perspective and from the more realistic vantage point.
Some of my favorite pieces of art come from the impressionistic period. My
favorite artist of all time is Pierre Auguste Renoir. With all that said,
the painting that has caught my attention like no other is the work by
Jasper Cropsey entitled Autumn on the Hudson. When I saw the
painting up close for the first time, I was struck by the way Cropsey—I
can’t even think of words to describe it! He captures the sky. He
captures the forest. He captures it all. The painting is so large that,
when I look at it, I feel as if I am actually there. How does a person,
how can a person paint something so incredibly beautiful? It makes me
almost homesick for a place I’ve never been before. When I look at this
painting, I think I almost see the tiny town in the distance coming to
life. The autumn colors are incredible. The painting makes me feel warm
and comfortable. Nature is so beautiful, and I think Cropsey does a
fantastic job of capturing that beauty that is his painting.
Paul Kelley (photo by Linda Tate).