The Ebenezer Stone

Did Charles Dickens have a deeper meaning in mind when he named his iconic character “Ebenezer” Scrooge?  Its a topic that had never occurred to me until I heard the literal translation of the name, Ebenezer, which is “Stone of Help.” It was the name given to a stone that was erected after a battleContinue reading “The Ebenezer Stone”

Christmas Tree Creativity

Creating is a response to the gift of life. Rosalind Pinsent (from The Painter’s Keys) There are all kinds of comments and opinions on Christmas trees that crop up every year about this time. Creativity is one example. A Christmas tree is a statement of creativity. That creativity comes in many forms. Some like toContinue reading “Christmas Tree Creativity”

Beautifully Purposeful

“Create we must, and respond to this dark hour.” Makoto Fujimura The artistic process for many can be a compulsion, striving to express an idea, a thought, a feeling bubbling up from deep inside. The expression is often not consciously mulled over before erupting into reality. How much time is spent reflecting on the purposeContinue reading “Beautifully Purposeful”

Breezy Magic

“The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” William Butler Yeats (from The Painter’s Keys) To provoke the senses is to be inspired. Without the conscious act of giving in to at least one sense little would be painted, written, performed or otherwise translated into art. Art requiresContinue reading “Breezy Magic”

Consciously Unconscious

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” Edward Hopper (from Artpromotivate.com)   An eagle in flight, the newly opened bud of a spring flower, the crashing waves on a white sandy beach are sights that can momentarily take the breath away. For many artists the feeling cannot beContinue reading “Consciously Unconscious”

Falling Chips

“Beauty is whatever gives joy.” Hugh Nibley (from The Painter’s Keys) Suppose your goal is to create “beautiful” art. The first thing you might set out to do is define, “beautiful.” Good luck with that! Volumes have been written about what is and isn’t beautiful. The subject was examined in a movie documentary starring MathewContinue reading “Falling Chips”

Muddy Letters

“I think all great innovations are built on rejections.” Louis-Ferdinand Celine, (from The Painter’s Keys)   All artists face rejection at sometime or other. It is inevitable. For many artists, myself included, our art can feel somewhat like our child. Art comes from the depths of our souls, our hearts. A piece of who weContinue reading “Muddy Letters”