Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Here's an excerpt:
The sacred rocks of faith offer platforms for dreams
by Rabbi Stephen Pearce
"Psalm 118:22 utilizes stone as a metaphor indicating that the meek will become the mighty: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.' This sentiment was adopted in Christian Scriptures as well. But in Parashat Vayetze, Jacob slept on a stone pillow and dreamt of a ladder that reached to heaven with angels ascending and descending to his headrest.
What is it about stone that provides people with a sense of the sacred? Rocks speak in a powerfully moving way... It was a rock that provided Jacob with a platform for his hopes and dreams."Well said!
This is a series of small postcards of rocks with special verses on them. I've done them for a long time- at least ten years. Over the years I've sent one a week to some families that were traveling through tough times. I'm doing some a little more carefully and having them printed. The first cards were done with permanent marker and water based marker and a watery brush on pre-stamped postcards from the post office. The last two were done with permanent marker and watercolor on watercolor paper. Those are the ones I'm having printed.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Hot off the easel and framed for entry into the GR Festival of the Arts this weekend. Because the GR Art Museum is moving to its new home on Monroe this summer, they are devoting the last show to Festival and instead of having only a side gallery, they are handing over the whole museum for this year's Festival. In honor of that, they are allowing 4 entries instead of the usual 2. Should be interesting to see how the show comes together.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
....and he had this great quote by Phil Ochs, so I thought I'd borrow the whole darn thing!
"It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. The reward is the act of struggle itself, not what you win. Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make the attempt. That's morality, that's religion, that's art, that's life."
-- P. Ochs
Friday, April 20, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I've been painting on this for a few weeks. I think it's finished, but it will have to sit in the living room for a few days before I sign it. It's based on a scene we saw along a roadside in West Virginia a few years back.
"The arts are a very human way of making life more bearable.
Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to
make your soul grow." (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. 1923-2007)
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Happy and blessed Easter to all. Blessings on you on this wonderful day of celebration of the completion of Christ's work of redemption with His resurrection.
I've posted CRUCIFORM JAZZ before (actually April 6 of last year), but it seems fitting for today. I've been blogging for a little more than year now. Circumstances prevent me from posting more often. I have some art in the works that I'll post as I get some completed.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
There are gates like this all over Northern and rural Michigan. I find them intriguing. Portals to what? I'm reading a book about icons called Sacred Doorways that calls them doorways between the temporal and eternal. Passages, divisions, entries, exits,beginnings, endings. All part of the sacred mystery. I'll post some of the icons I'm working on soon.
I would love to put myself in this spot right now. It's on Miller Road near Manistee, Michigan above Camp Tosebo halfway through a challenging uphill walk. Beautiful country. Also, I love the looseness I acheived in brush strokes.
Monday, April 02, 2007
I'll have 20 pieces at FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH at 227 East Fulton. I’m honored to still have my mixed media art work featured at the EYEKONS GALLERY right across the street from FUMC at 210 East Fulton and I also have a variety of work at the FIRE AND WATER ART! Showroom at 219 West Main in
I like the edges on these nonobjective boxes almost as much as the front of the paintings! The colors are richer in person.