Carson C.T. Collins - 2008 Ocean Series Calendar - cover art
2008 Ocean Series Calendar - cover art
All 12 months have images from The Ocean Series, plus Transcendental Love pœtry with ocean and sky metaphors; the pœts included are Rumi, Hafiz, Cheng-tao Ke, Ekai…

If you’d like to buy one, here’s the link: www.cafepress.com/oceanseries

11 x 17 inches

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Carson C.T. Collins

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CollinsI’ve been working on The Ocean Series for more than a quarter of a century. I guess you could say that this conflation of a traditional marine sunset with a color-field painting, something that originally crossed my mind sometime back in 1978, has turned out to be a fairly fertile idea for me. Call it a post-modern approach to the color-field tradition if you like, but I’m not trying to deconstruct anything, fit into any category, or prove any theories. The ocean, with its infinite variety and constant flux, is a motif that never ceases to fascinate me; and to say that this image of the far horizon and the dying sunlight has broad metaphoric powers would be to belabor the obvious. My two greatest influences as a painter have been Mark Rothko and Claude Monet; in a way, my paintings are only a kind of simple-minded formal synthesis of the two. At least, I hope they’re that good.
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