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SAMPLE PAINTINGSPERSONAL PHILOSOPHY--- The basic connection between everything is turbulent flow (i.e., the complex motion of moving water, clouds or steam). All things are born from this motion. All shapes of the universe are born from this motion. Moving paint, therefore, is a small version of the whole universe.PAINT AND PAINTING--- Patterns in the natural flow of paint are a fascination of mine. Sometimes I preserve these exactly as they happen. Other times I retouch or add to them. I encourage the flow of these natural patterns, but I alone do not control them. I stage a conversation wtih them that comes to a conclusion based on pure feel. I cannot say exactly why I stop a flowing configuration. I just know when to stop. I know when the configuration becomes the most interesting, before it goes the other way into a total mess.PERSONAL BACKGROUND--- I believe that people are artists before they ever know it. Some people realize it early, while other people "wake up" later. Some people never realize it. I am one of those people who woke up. How I came to paint, then, is similar to how my paintings happen: through sudden impulse, insight, chance or discovery.FORMAL TRAINING--- Traditionally, artists are products of talent, training and inspiration. I am not so traditional. I am self-taught (a product of isolation, endurance and faith. I have studied different subjects formally and on my own. Math, science, philosophy, ecology, nutrition, dance, human performance and writing all have been focal points of mine at one time or another. Painting brings all these subjects together and moves beyond them.MY TAKE ON ART TODAY--- Art today is a mess, or rather, a mass of activity frought with contradictions, confusion and conflict--- very similar to fluid turbulence. But, as in turbulence, a dynamic, complex harmony exists. Out of its chaos, some sort of good still seems to come of it. Even my own art exists in a state of self-contradiction. Sometimes I believe I am cluttering the world by continuing to make more art. Other times I cannot avoid the sheer encounter of it and the inevitable, tangible relic of that lived encounter. Whatever it looks like in the end, art is something we simply have to do like breathing or dying. Maybe it is the oxygen of life, or maybe it is the waste product--- both are equal realities of being. I guess this depends on how we view it in the perpetual cycle of things. Overall, I choose a positive view. Subdued beneath this, however, is my radical sense that negativity, fear, anger, hate and destruction are ultimate sources of beauty. If such dark things do not wipe us out, then eventually they lead us back into the light. Beauty is art's preferred settling place.WEBPAGE IMAGES OF PAINTINGS--- A few are at http://robertkernodle.yolasite.com/robertkernodle/Best wishes to all.