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Seamus
Berkeley

Beauty in the Ordinary

Walking Home


Oil painting of a sliver of a moon in a dark blue evening sky with orange and yellow glow of the sun below the horizon all framed by dark leaves of trees.
Oil painting of a sliver of a moon in a dark blue evening sky with orange and yellow glow of the sun below the horizon all framed by dark leaves of trees. Walking Home, Original oil on canvas, 9.5″ x 9.5″


The setting for this painting is on the short walk from Taos Plaza to my studio. The road is tree lined and runs east west, so the sun is often visible close to the horizon through the trees.

One of the benefits of a representational painting practice is that it helps develop the habit of paying attention to the environment visually. An aspect of this practice, is looking intentionally to see how the setting might evoke a sense of beauty, regardless of the particular surroundings. Since ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, is it possible to connect with that internal sense in any moment, rather than waiting for a special scene to evoke it?

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