The Sower (after Millet) 11x14 oil on linen.
A long time ago, many years before I ever had an inkling to paint, I had the image of Millet’s Sower tattooed on my arm. At the time it was in remembrance of a dear friend I’d lost, but as the years went on the tattoo took on more significance.
I never really tried copying someone else’s painting before, and I don’t know why. I mean, when I was first learning the guitar I learned by painstakingly putting the needle down again and again on records, trying to learn the notes, the chords of songs I loved. In doing so I began to absorb, learn from, and discover various lessons in style, composition, and nuance.
So it is with painting. I’m sure an experienced eye might easily see the paintings many flaws and even find it amateurish perhaps, but I wish to convey how much I learned from this journey with Millets painting. I grew as a painter attempting to copy it and I grew as a human by feeling more deeply what Millet was trying to convey.
I wish to say that to me, the paintings meaning is even more resonant with me than ever. The ground underneath the Sowers feet is dark and fallow. So it feels like in these times that for me so often feel full of despair and hopelessness...but witness the Sower bent to his task. His stride is powerful. His eyes, I imagine weary in the shadows, are pointed forward, sure in his direction and dedication. His arms are strong and his hands full of seeds, casting them out and away with dignity and faith...Dignity with the work at hand and faith that his work will bring about growth.
As this weary year and a new one begins with its many challenges ahead, I’d like to wish you all strength, love, dignity, spirit, faith, peace, and the joyful (though sometimes weary) resolution for the work that lies ahead.
Love and friendship to all, Pete #millet #sower #oilpainter #2019 #petesinjinart