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The Thirteenth Moon

In my most recent series, The Thirteenth Moon , I continue my long-held philosophic concept of life and death being followed by rebirth. I believe the traditional duality of life-and-death needs a positive, regenerative aspect.

Initially, I hid words from the William Butler Yeats poem, The Phases of the Moon (1937) within four large, abstract paintings (#672-#675). Yeats described his philosophic system in A Vision (1925; 1937). In Yeats's esoteric system, all things are subject to re-occurring cycles of change, symbolized by the changing phases of the moon.

The concept of a thirteenth moon also may remind many that the annual cycle of twelve months does not correspond precisely to twelve, twenty-eight day lunar periods. The Thirteenth Moon may metaphorically be viewed as a symbol of the continuous renewing of life since it may bridge the last portion of an old year with the first portion of the new.

As The Thirteenth Moon series evolved, I began visualizing philosophical wisdom derived from China's two most famous poets: Li Bai (701-762 A.C.E.; also known as Li Po) and Du Fu (712-770 A.C.E.; also Romanized as Tu Fu). In these “symbolist landscapes,” I no longer hide words behind the central image, but now "picture" them within the bordered frame.

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2010
BASID #861

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2010
BASID #863

Beth Ames Swartz
As the years go by, give me but peace
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
18" x 24"
(0.46m x 0.61m)
2010
Beth Ames Swartz
I’m here chanting long farewells at heaven’s gate
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
24" x 36"
(0.61m x 0.91m)
2010

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2010
BASID #859

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2010
BASID #860

Beth Ames Swartz
My heart in middle age found the Way
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36" x 48"
(0.91m x 1.22m)
2010
Beth Ames Swartz
You leave, and I ask no more
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36" x 48"
(0.91m x 1.22m)
2010

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2010
BASID #854

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2010
BASID #855

Beth Ames Swartz
Only vast floods that stretch to the clouds
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 60"
(1.22m x 1.52m)
2010
Beth Ames Swartz
Where the color of mountains both is and is not
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 60"
(1.22m x 1.52m)
2010

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2010
BASID #851

 
Beth Ames Swartz
Watching the play of ripples is endless pleasure
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 60"
(1.22m x1.52m)
2010
 

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2008
BASID #790

 
Beth Ames Swartz
On and away, never ceasing
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36" x 48"
(0.91m x1.22m)
2008
 

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2008
BASID #788

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2008
BASID #789

Beth Ames Swartz
Deer Park
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
72" x 48"
(1.83m x 1.22m)
2008
Beth Ames Swartz
Only the mindless waters remain
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
60" x 72"
(1.52m x 1.83m)
2008

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2008
BASID #783

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2008
BASID #784

Beth Ames Swartz
Facing Snow #3
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 60"
(1.22m x 1.52m)
2008
Beth Ames Swartz
Facing Snow #4
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36" x 48"
(0.91m x 1.22m)
2008

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2008
BASID #781

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2008
BASID #782

Beth Ames Swartz
Facing Snow
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
60" x 48"
(1.52m x 1.22m)
2008
Beth Ames Swartz
Facing Snow #2
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 60"
(1.22m x 1.52m)
2008

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2008
BASID #779

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2008
BASID #780 (Sold)

Beth Ames Swartz
A Pair of Swallows
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
16" x 20"
(0.41m x 0.51m)
2008
Beth Ames Swartz
Taking Leave of a Friend
(In Memoriam: Gerald "Jerry" Blank)
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
18.25" x 24.25"
(0.46m x 0.62m)
2008

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2007
BASID #771 (Sold)

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2007
BASID #778

Beth Ames Swartz
A View of the Wilderness
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 36"
(1.22m x 0.91m)
2007
Beth Ames Swartz
Evening near Serpent River
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
72" x 60"
(1.83m x 1.52m)
2007

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2007
BASID #769 (Sold)

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2007
BASID #770 (Sold)

Beth Ames Swartz
Night in the House by the River
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36" x 48"
(0.91m x 1.22m)
2007
Beth Ames Swartz
We the living, we’re passing travelers
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 60"
(1.22m x 1.52m)
2007

Color image of Swartz painting: A lonely moon turns among the waves
© 2007
BASID #764 (Sold)

Color image of Swartz painting: Sleepless Night
© 2007
BASID #768

Beth Ames Swartz
A lonely moon turns among the waves
acrylic and paste on canvas
48" x 72" (1.22m x 1.83m)
2007

Beth Ames Swartz
Sleepless Night
acrylic and paper on canvas
48" x 60" (1.22m x 1.52m)
2007

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2007
BASID #765

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2007
BASID #767

Beth Ames Swartz
War
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
48" x 72"
(1.22m x 1.83m)
2007
Beth Ames Swartz
The Mei-Pei Lake
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
60" x 48"
(1.52m x 1.22m)
2007

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2007
BASID #762

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2007
BASID #763

Beth Ames Swartz
Ch’eng-tu City
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36" x 48"
(0.91m x 1.22m)
2007
Beth Ames Swartz
Stars and Moon on the River
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
36" x 48"
(0.91m x 1.22m)
2007

Color image of Swartz painting: Heaven Disports Herself
© 2007
BASID #719 (Sold)

Color image of Swartz painting: Beyond the visible world
© 2007
BASID #761

Beth Ames Swartz
Standing Alone
acrylic on paper on canvas
20" x 16" (0.51m x 0.41m)
2006 - 2007

Beth Ames Swartz
The way goes on forever
acrylic and paste on canvas
36" x 48" (0.91m x 1.22m)
2007

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2007
BASID #701

Color image of Swartz painting:
© 2007
BASID #702 (Sold)

Beth Ames Swartz
Let me drink up the cups allowed me in this life!
acrylic and mixed media on canvas
24" x 36"
(0.61m x 0.91m)
2007
Beth Ames Swartz
Overnight in the Pavilion by the River
acrylic, paste and holographic film on canvas
24" x 36"
(0.61m x 0.91m)
2007

Color image of Swartz painting: Heaven Disports Herself
© 2006
BASID #699 (Sold)

Color image of Swartz painting: With many a sigh
© 2007
BASID #700 (Sold)

Beth Ames Swartz
Heaven Disports Herself
acrylic, paste and holographic film on canvas
20" x 24" (0.51m x 0.61m)
2006

Beth Ames Swartz
With many a sigh
acrylic and paste on canvas
16 " x 24" (0.91m x 1.22m)
2007

Color image of Swartz painting: All thought becomes an image
© 2006
BASID #676 (Sold)

Color image of Swartz painting: Beyond the visible world
© 2006
BASID #677 (Sold)

Beth Ames Swartz
All thought becomes an image
acrylic, paste and holographic film on canvas
36 " x 48" (0.91m x 1.22m)
2006

Beth Ames Swartz
Beyond the visible world
acrylic, paste and holographic film on canvas
36 " x 48" (0.91m x 1.22m)
2006

Color image of Swartz painting: While the moon is rounding towards the full, she follows whatever whim's most difficult
© 2006
BASID #684 (Sold)

Color image of Swartz painting: The lonely light, an image of mysterious wisdom
© 2006
BASID #685 (Sold)

Beth Ames Swartz
While the moon is rounding towards the full, she follows whatever whim's most difficult
acrylic and paste on canvas
60" x 48" (1.52m x 1.22m)
2006

Beth Ames Swartz
The lonely light, an image of mysterious wisdom
acrylic and paste on canvas
60" x 48" (1.52m x 1.22m)
2006

Color image of Swartz painting: The birds have vanished down the sky
© 2006
BASID #686 (Sold)

Color image of Swartz painting: All the birds have flown up and gone
© 2006
BASID #687 (Sold)

Beth Ames Swartz
The birds have vanished down the sky
acrylic and paste on canvas
36 " x 48" (0.91m x 1.22m)
2006

Beth Ames Swartz
All the birds have flown up and gone
acrylic and paste on canvas
36 " x 48" (0.91m x 1.22m)
2006

Color image of Swartz painting: An hour of changing scenes
© 2006
BASID #696

olor image of Swartz painting: If I could walk on ice, with my feet bare!
© 2006
BASID #697

Beth Ames Swartz
An hour of changing scenes
acrylic and paste on canvas
60" x 48" (1.52m x 1.22m)
2006

Beth Ames Swartz
If I could walk on ice, with my feet bare!
acrylic and paste on canvas
24" x 36" (0.61m x 0.91m)
2006

Color image of Swartz painting: Heaven is high, earth wide; bitter between them flies my sorrow ©2006 BASID#688 Color image of Swartz painting: Mysterious wisdom won by toil
© 2006
BASID #689 (Sold)
Color image of Swartz painting: And the moon comes running up the river
© 2006
BASID #690 (Sold)
Color image of Swartz painting: Can I Dream?
© 2006
BASID #695
Beth Ames Swartz
Heaven is high, earth wide; bitter between them flies my sorrow
acrylic, paste and holographic film on canvas
30" x 30" (0.76m x 0.76m)
2006
Beth Ames Swartz
Mysterious wisdom won by toil
acrylic, paste and holographic film on canvas
30" x 30" (0.76m x 0.76m)
2006
Beth Ames Swartz
And the moon comes running up the river
acrylic, paste and holographic film on canvas
30" x 30" (0.76m x 0.76m)
2006
Beth Ames Swartz
Can I dream?
acrylic, paste and holographic film on canvas
30" x 30" (0.76m x 0.76m)
2006