Down the Heavy Waters--Part Two
Hope's Current in Benno's Paintings
Grief is water not air.
Awash and drowned.
Rise each day.
(words for my mind)
Benno completed the painting above, Escape, late May 2022, months before his passing.
Recuperating from a T-bone truck accident, we were glad to be alive—never mind our injuries…
Living by water and
the 17 years loving Benno, a lifelong pilot and sailor,
convinces me he felt open space and the blue “lightness”.
Yet his Prussian palette in the 1970’s cloaked passionate forms and a troubled earthen soul.
Benno’s fantastic cerulean canvases emerged with late age and happiness.
Painted in acrylic from 2000 and on, many were playful abstractions.
Turn tears to air and breathe
Benno does not want me to mourn him.
and like Benno’s sketchbook discovered this year by Benno’s son, covered in Adirondack camp debris—
Benno said (about art)
HOW LONG DOES IT HAVE TO LAST?
The earth holds us until we are ready to breathe.
I hope you enjoy Benno’s Light.
Below are relevant links—
Joan Mitchell Artist Living Legacy
To learn more about documenting a life of art.
my flash fiction featuring Benno’s painting.
To view more of Benno’s art please visit:
For some facts about my husband Artist Benno Kollegger, an obituary crafted by Benno’s sons and I is here on Benno Kollegger's Facebook and on https://www.serenityfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Benno-Kollegger/#!/Obituary
For paid subscribers only, a special story, based on Benno’s life and art will release shortly.
Thank you for reading and sharing.