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 battle… Continue reading The Ebenezer Stone

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 purpose… Continue 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 requires… Continue 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 be… Continue 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 Mathew… Continue 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 we… Continue reading Muddy Letters