The Uncertainty Principle As Applied To Painting

Path To The River V, December, Light Snow, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Path To The River V, December, Light Snow, oil on canvas, 16×20

MY LAYMAN’S UNDERSTANDING of the uncertainty principle in physics goes something like this: you can’t be in two places at once.

A moment in time is never the same once we have experienced it. To leave an event is to be absent from it; our understanding of the past is influenced by our continually changing point of view.

Quote Unquote Song, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 16x20

Quote Unquote Song, oil on canvas, 16×20

A PAINTING is a moment in time and as old as Earth; a visual letter or journal with paintbrush and canvas rather than paper and pen, using symbols instead of words.

Time is elastic. A painting can take weeks or months or an incendiary moment to complete, reflecting or distilling a full season or year of experience, feeling, and thought.

I experience these paintings now, fresh with paint. They age and settle over time, eventually preserved in gelified oil like amber, capturing a moment, an era, a developmental stage, a permanent record which, faithful to its own time, I revisit and reinterpret again and again.

Harp Grass, Russell Steven Powell oil on canvas, 24x18

Harp Grass, oil on canvas, 24×18

0 Replies to “The Uncertainty Principle As Applied To Painting”

  1. Well, Michael Frayn I’m not! ‘Copenhagen’ is one of my all-time favorite plays, and I have seen it live twice, once on Broadway, plus the PBS version with Daniel Craig (not as compelling). Thanks about the paintings!

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