CAE Certificate III in Visual Arts – Class 10: “Produce Paintings and Drawings” Blog written by Karen Robinson — ido art karen robinson

While you are here – please check out my home page! INTRODUCTION My 9th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) progressed as per usual. I was mostly happy with my art work this week, and hopefully as time progresses, […]

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9.5″ x 7.5″ watercolor, ink. The gray has an interesting effect on the colors, particularly with yellow.  Here, the grays dominate, from pale wash to black. The companion hues, yellow, yellow green and orange, with a pale purple wash as compliment to the yellow, an unusual combination, the mood of the grays, dark to the cheery yellows. Kind of like my mixed emotional state. Balance, without harmony. Chromatic dissonance.



Corpus mysticum, Stefan Rossbach essay

Autopoiesis: Producing and Reproducing Systems Theory

Stefan Rossbach has a wonderful chapter in Observing International Relations: Niklas Luhmann and World Politics, edited by Mathias Albert & Lena Hilkermeir, 2004. The essay is titled “‘Corpus mysticum’: Niklas Luhmann’s Evocation of World Society.”

Rossbach, in discussing Luhmann’s links to early mystics and Gnosticism, has helped me realize why (despite the difficult, often dry reading) I felt an immediate affinity for Luhmannian theory. Back in the early 1980s, I was reading things like the Meister EckhartThe Cloud of Unknowing, and St John of the Cross, as well as Zen Buddhism and other Eastern mysticisms.  As a 20-year-old, I found St. John of the Cross‘s negative theology, or via negativa, particularly fascinating.

Rossbach links Luhmann to mystics such as Jakob Boehme and Nicholas of Cusa. Here is one passage from Rossbach’s essay:

Contemplating the history of Western philosophy, Luhmann noted that 2,000 years of searching for “essence” had…

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Tea with Anna Brinton at Pendle Hill

At Pendle Hill, in 1964, Anna Brinton would have afternoon tea. She had a huge, Russian type samovar. One would add milk or water, but even then, it would taste like tea. Tea bags, even the expensive ones, are like colored water.
I need a teapot to make tea with tea leaves. Let it steep till it’s good and strong. Keep hot water on the stove to add.
Here’s a sketch I did of her, probably winter of ’65. She was in her 80’s. If you’ve been to the Friends Center in Philadelphia, you’ve seen the statue of Mary Dyer–hung from the gallows in June, 1660 by the Puritans in Massachusetts. Anna Brinton modeled for that as a young woman. I am grateful to have known her–a strong, courageous woman–a great human.
I keep thinking I should frame this and send it to Pendle Hill. I wonder if anyone there remembers her?