Veteran’s Day Tribute

The depth of emotion on Veteran’s Day did not really hit me until I was present at the Vietnam Memorial one past Veteran’s Day.  It was a truly moving experience I have never forgotten. To my granddad, a U.S. horse soldier in France in World War I and my uncle, whose budding baseball career wasContinue reading “Veteran’s Day Tribute”

Walking Through History with Norman Rockwell

Having grown up with Rockwell illustrations, I was expecting a general look at his work in American Chronicles: the Art of Norman Rockwell at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tennessee, but was more than pleasantly surprised.  The exhibit covered Rockwell over the years as a look at Twentieth Century American History. Continue reading “Walking Through History with Norman Rockwell”

Brush Speak

Red Calla Lilly-Georgia O’Keeffe “I found that I could say things with color and shape that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for” Georgia O’Keeffe (from Brainyquote) Art is an inner language that must be expressed outwardly.  For the visual artist, there is an urge to put sights or thoughts intoContinue reading “Brush Speak”

Listening For Approaching Hoof-beats

“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity.” Dorthea Tanning, (from Raven’s Wing Studio) What happens when a valuable collection of art meant to benefit a certain group of people becomes a liability to those same people.  The Detroit Institute for the Arts (DIA) is facing such a dilemmaContinue reading “Listening For Approaching Hoof-beats”

A Nomadic Nature

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp (from Artpromotivate) Are artists running away through their art?  Is running away a good thing?  So many people wish they could run away everyday.  Few have the means.  Artists do it daily. Running away is generally thought of in a negative sense.  Continue reading “A Nomadic Nature”

A Place of Enchantment

“I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.”     Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of Cross Creek and The Yearling   Do we, as artists, require a place of enchantment?  Can we create without a place of enchantment?  Do we have to physically be at that placeContinue reading “A Place of Enchantment”