Following the Trail


I love following a trail. Perhaps in a past life I was Hansel or Gretel?

Fellow blogger C.B. Wentworth recently wrote about finding composer Rob Simonsen after hearing his music on an iPhone commercials. She heard the music, looked it up online and discovered a new favorite thing. Follow the path, find something new.

I’ve been following a lot of paths lately as I search out bibliography references for a book I’m writing: Google Books and Amazon, the Gutenberg Project and obscure scanned documents from the Center for Jewish History. We humans sure do leave A LOT of breadcrumbs!

Those trails often lead back here, to this blog. Like C.B., I find treasures and want to share them with all of you!

This week’s wanderings led me to Will Barnet, an American painter and print maker known for beautifully stylized images in rich, subdued colors. His style shifted from realism to abstraction and back, with obvious influence from a great number of more popular painters.

Barnet passed away in November 2012 at the age of 101. His life story, as illustrated in a New York Times obituary, tells the story of a man who also seemed to appreciate the magic of following a trail of inspiration.

• Take a look at some of his work here.

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©2013, Jen Payne

IMAGE: Barnet, Will. Sanctum, 1976.