A Little Plein Air, Getting Intouch with Your Perception

Newberry, French Countryside, oil, 9x12"
Newberry, French Countryside, oil, 9×12″

A little piece in my studio plein air of France, with two tiny red farmhouses.
Honest perception, looking at the world around us without artifice, is undervalued. But it is such a wonderful experience, it is like having a picnic in a forest, rubbing your feet into deep into warm sand, or looking over a distant valley of pale green. Perception is a key element in a healthy philosophy; it is what grounds a human to psychological healthy versus their break with reality which is a main cause of psychosis; and perception is the greatest tool we have to fully experience living in the moment—it is a proactive job of being aware of what is going on around you. One has to wonder why the highbrow artworld is filled with anti-perceptual art? Could it be that the artworld is afraid of authentic perception? Next time you see authentic paintings of the preceiveable world, don’t take them for granted but realize they are supporting you from philosophical, emotional, and sensory perspectives. It is eudaemonistic. An important way to lead to a flourishing life.

Michael, Idyllwild, 12/14/2021

Frame of References:

Graham, Karen, MD, Psychiatrist. What to Do if a Family Member or Friend Has Psychotic Symptoms. “Psychosis is a mental state characterized by a break from reality, and it can include delusions or hallucinations.” Graham offers a helpful guide about seeing psychosis in a loved one. https://healthtalk.unchealthcare.org/what-to-do-if-a-family-member-or-friend-has-psychotic-symptoms/

Koenderink, Jan. On October 6th, 2003 The Foundation for the Advancement of Art presented this conference at New York’s Pierre Hotel. Vision scientist, Dr. Jan Koenderink, gives his talk, Science and Art in the 21st Century, a brief introduction by Stephen Hicks. Jan Koenderink is a Dutch mathematician and psychologist known for his researches on visual perception, computer vision, and geometry. One of the themes of his talk is the importance of perception to physics.

Moore, Catherine. Psychologist, MBA. What is Eudaimonia? Aristotle and Eudaimonic Well-Being. https://positivepsychology.com/eudaimonia/

Tulkin, David. Aristotle’s Theory of Sense Perception. PDF 16-pages. https://digitalcommons.denison.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1080&context=episteme

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