Many years ago I was fortunate 
to have met a 92 year old artist
named Harriet Middleton. She 
taught me the concept of "Big
World Little World."  Her schooling
was all encompassing and gave
her the gift of this concept, which
is no longer taught in most art
schools. The Big world is the
universe and spirit, and the small
world is the painting. As very
large shapes overlap each other
within the small world of the
painting, they also extend, in our
imaginations, to the bigger world.
Smaller and smaller repeated
shapes fill the canvas, and what  
develops is the feeling of unity.
Harriet understood, as I do, that
unity not only involves the painting,
but also the spirit of universe and
universal truths.


Big World Little World Series