Sunday, April 29, 2007


Wouldn't it be nice if to remember this promise all the time?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Here's another.

sacred rocks

Here's a terrific article I found when googling FAITH ROCKS

Here's an excerpt:

The sacred rocks of faith offer platforms for dreams

by Rabbi Stephen Pearce


Genesis 28:10-32:3

Hosea 12:13-14:10

"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

this just in

I found this on Danny Gregory's blog - very cool song about painting!

....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

more closeups


I tweaked the painting somewhat and I think it's stronger.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


A couple of closeups to
show the brushwork.
I was trying not to get
too lost in the details.


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.

Vonnegut quote

"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)

I spent many a happy hour with his books. And what a nice thought, that even practicing an art badly can make your soul grow! YES!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter

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

showing in April in Grand Rapids

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 Lowell. Also during April I have a 6 landscapes at the GATHERING GROUNDS Coffeehouse in Alger Heights at 2404 Eastern SE.

I like the edges on these nonobjective boxes almost as much as the front of the paintings! The colors are richer in person.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Jan Buurma

An old friend of mine passed away on Friday. Jan Buurma and I were teenaged friends. She was a statueseque blonde and people always thought she was older than she was- I, on the other hand, always looked like a kid compared to her. We had way too much fun (back in the day). I would post a picture of us, but we didn't do photos in the 60's quite as readily as people do today. So there's not a visual record, just footprints on my heart. Good to hear by email from many of the old gang from back then. God bless her soul and all those who loved her.