From Inside to the Distance by John Fish

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From a distance it appeared to be simply a playground. As I neared the edge of a small stream surrounded by tall reeds, I could see there was much more than my eyes had first focused on. Great mounds of glittering gold sticks were buried beneath clay. Silver water lilies floated under rich deep layers of seaweed, lichen and moss. From out of the moss jutted flagpoles draped with ivy and scarves embellished with the faces of people I had met many years before. I watched the scarves wave in the wind. I was overcome with emotion and wept upon the steps that led toward a shelter. I ran for cover and lay upon a stone bench surrounded by flowers. Then I drifted to sleep. When I awoke my hair had turned white and my teeth hurt. I sat up and glanced around. I had a faint memory of the experience before my long, long nap. Yet now it looked once again like a playground. So I got up and played.

From Inside to the Distance is acrylic on canvas 30″×30″

John Fish is a Los Angeles artist who paints abstracts, landscapes and portraits with expressive painterly strokes and heavily textured surfaces. I explore the way space flows to entwine objects that have no boundaries.

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  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    Is this extraordinary prose yours John?? It is a beautiful literary work! And this is a sensational painting, it is wonderful!!

  • why thank you so much. It is my writing. Thanks for the wonderful complimet

    – John Fish

  • linaji
    linajiover 5 years ago

    beautiful work and words!!!

  • thank you and always great to hear from you.

    – John Fish

  • oneperfectkiss
    oneperfectkissover 5 years ago

    Fascinating… always John. xx

  • thank you so much

    – John Fish

  • Zefira
    Zefiraover 5 years ago


  • banrai
    banraiover 5 years ago

    not only are you a wonderful painter, John your writing is superb…glad I found
    you art!

    JUSTARTover 5 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Varry
    Varryover 5 years ago

    I really enjoy your paintings and thoughts John.

  • Deborah Milligan
    Deborah Milliganover 5 years ago

    Beautiful John. When I looked at the painting I felt that it had such an ancient feel to it, especially the texture. Reading the words, the imagery then fell into place … :)

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 5 years ago

    I like the wonderful textures and nature colors in this piece. It evokes the comfort and tranquility I feel when walking through a familiar forest.

  • pryere
    pryereover 5 years ago

    Both parts are beautiful. Most evocative.

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