Monday, December 28, 2009
John Mortimer who died this year (he wrote Rumpole of the Bailey) said:
"Dying is a matter of slapstick and pratfalls.
No one should grow old who isn't prepared to look ridiculous."
I'm prepared and I've had practice!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
One of my favorite authors of all time. He wrote the novels Hannah Coulter and Jayber Crow and many others. I've loved them all. He also wrote this poem:
The Wish to Be Generous
All that I serve will die, all my delights,
the flesh kindled from my flesh, garden and field,
the silent lilies standing in the woods,
the woods, the hill, the whole earth, all
will burn in man’s evil, or dwindle
in its own age. Let the world bring on me
the sleep of darkness without stars, so I may know
my little light taken from me into the seed
of the beginning and the end, so I may bow
to mystery, and take my stand on the earth
like a tree in a field, passing without haste
or regret toward what will be, my life
a patient willing descent into the grass.
~ Wendell Berry ~
(The Collected Poems, 1957-1982)
Friday, December 18, 2009
Saturday, December 05, 2009
A new twist to my mixed media work. The trees are stenciled onto black paper using atomized paint and stencils I cut. Then I enhanced them with colored pencil. My goal is to mat this series and sell them unframed at the gallery. They are in standard sizes, so the customer could choose the art and then choose their own frame. There will be more seasons to come, but winter is a natural!
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Maybe (and now there's no underlining) it needs more weight on the bottom...
Monday, November 30, 2009
These pieces of my work are part of a show for Advent at Shawnee Park CRC behind GR Christian High. It was put on by Robin Jensen (who was my first formal art teacher when I went to Calvin College).
Saturday, November 28, 2009
These pieces of Advent art are on display at Calvin CRC in Grand Rapids on Ethel and Thomas SE from now until the beginning ofFebruary. The show ranges from icons to realistic interpretations to abstractions, all telling and celebrating the story of the birth of Christ in some way.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I have been playing with graphics for some Advent related events. The arc of the music really tickles me. I think it communicates joy. The Bethlehem scene has "O Little Town of Bethlehem" in the sky and on the ground and the nimbus around the bright star is the "Magnificat" in two versions. "Magnify the Lord, magnify the Lord!" I don't know the tune of the lower sunrise music. Visually, it seems to echo the radiance of the sun. A musician friend tells me he thinks it's got a Mexican feel.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Here's another Advent themed piece, this time with a Michigan landscape overlap. The nimbus around the sun sings "Magnify the LORD!!" Small lines of text in the sky say "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world". There are leftover bits of Joy to the World in gray and "Alleluia, alleluia in the sand. I don't know what the music is from exactly but they are songs from liturgies from Church of the Servant and part of the redemption song.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
A combination of the Isaiah 9:2 passage: "the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light." and "the mercies of the Lord are new every morning" from Lamentations 3:22-23.
Great is God's faithfulness!
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
This painting has been bugging me since I framed it. I like the colors and the composition. But something wasn't quite right. This morning I popped it out of the frame and punched the contrast. Now I think it does sing.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
After 30 hours of work and much prayer painted into it, here is Holy Silence- an image of the pre-existent Christ. John 1 is a touchstone on this. "In the beginning was the Word..."
It was a great workshop, very contemplative and restful, but I'm relieved not to have to drive anywhere tomorrow.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
to speak your
to the living walls.
Who are you?
are you? Whose
silence are you?
Who (be quiet)
are you (as these stones
are quiet). Do not
think of what you are
still less of
what you may one day be.
be what you are (but who?)
be the unthinkable one
you do not know.
O be still, while
you are still alive,
and all things live around you
speaking (I do not hear)
to your own being,
speaking by the unknown
that is in you and in themselves.
“I will try, like them
to be my own silence:
and this is difficult. The whole
world is secretly on fire. The stones
burn, even the stones they burn me.
How can a (human) be still or
listen to all things burning?
How can he (or she) dare to sit with them
when all their silence is on fire?”
-Thomas Merton, from The Strange Islands: Poems by Thomas Merton
Next week I will be writing an icon of Holy Silence at the Franciscan Center. For anyone who knows me, Holy Silence will be a stretch.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
In the meantime, our gallery at 219 West Main in Lowell is having a birthday!!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
While looking through a flat files of prehistoric work from my long forgotten past- 26 years ago- I found these handmade paper pieces. I still think they're interesting. The texture fascination is something that continues in my current work.
Friday, September 11, 2009
The center of this piece is a newspaper photo of the columns used to build the twin towers from a newspaper in the 1960's. The composition grew from there. I'm remembering those who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones and also those students I was teaching that clear blue Tuesday on 2001 who shared that experience with me.