Painting the woods : nature, memory, and metaphor / Deborah Paris.

Paris, Deborah, author, artist.
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, [2020]
xxii, 142 pages, plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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Paris, Deborah -- Themes, motives.
Landscape painting -- Texas -- 21st century -- Themes, motives.
Forestry in art.
Nature in art.
Memory in art.
Metaphor in art.
Lennox Woods Preserve (Tex.) -- In art.
Landscape painting -- Themes, motives.
Themes, motives.
"When first-time author and artist Deborah Paris stepped into Lennox Woods, an old-growth southern hardwood forest in the Pineywoods of northeast Texas, she felt a disruption that was both spatial and temporal. Walking the remnants of an old wagon trail past ancient stands of pine, white oak, elm, hickory, sweetgum, maple, hornbeam, and red oak, she felt drawn into a reverie that took her back to "the beginning, both physically and metaphorically." Paris soon came to realize that Lennox Woods was actually more like a time machine-one that could go both backward and forward-granting glimpses of the past, present, and future while offering a fresh vision of the landscape. " Painting the Woods: Nature, Memory, and Metaphor" explores the experience of landscape through the lens of art and art-making. It is a place-based meditation on nature, art, memory, and time, grounded in Paris's experiences over the course of a year in Lennox Woods. Her account unfolds through the twin arcs of the changing seasons and her creative process as a landscape painter. In the tradition of Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, narrative passages interweave with observations about the natural history of Lennox Woods, its flora and fauna, art history, the science of memory, Transcendentalist philosophy, the role of metaphor in creative work, and even loop quantum gravity theory. Each chapter explores a different aspect of the forest and a different step in the art-making process, illuminating our connection to the natural world through language, comprehension of time, and visual depictions of the landscape. The complex layers of the forest and Paris's journey through it emerge as metaphors for the larger themes of the book, just as the natural world underpins the art-making drawn from it. Like the trail that winds through Lennox Woods, memory and time intertwine to provide a path for understanding nature, art, and our relationship to both and as a means to explore larger questions and themes"-- Provided by publisher.
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Pure Seeing
ch. 2 My Own Country
ch. 3 Metaphors in a Paint Box
ch. 4 Memory Incarnate
ch. 5 Drawing Sets You Free
ch. 6 Motif Hunting
ch. 7 Edge of the Woods
ch. 8 The Trail
ch. 9 The Forest
ch. 10 Moonlight
ch. 11 Nature Distilled.
Includes bibliographical references and index.