One: Divine

“To live nonviolently—both toward humans and nature—requires that we recognize God’s image in each living thing. We cannot be violent toward someone or something when we see the divine in them.” Richard Rohr, Daily Meditations, 9 March 2018. My raison d’être We have separated the Divine from every other aspect of life. In fact, it […]

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Different Strokes: New Work

Just after Christmas is the best time for me to produce an abundance of new work. This year has been exceptionally busy with commissions and unexpected projects, the spice of my life. Celebration Last night culminated the recent request for a special gift for a special person, Claudette Tardif. Commissions always offer a particular challenge […]

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One: Body

“…Fr. Larry Landini, OFM, may have given the best explanation for why so many Christians seem to be ashamed and afraid of the body. …“Just remember, on the practical level, the Christian Church was much more influenced by Plato than it was by Jesus.” …For Plato, body and soul were incompatible enemies; matter and spirit […]

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Different Strokes: Happy Easter

As I gaze outside my window, I find it hard to believe Easter Sunday has arrived. Yet I know it to be true. Winter clings tenaciously as the temperature dips to unusual depths. Snow continues to accumulate or melt, the crocuses are keeping their heads low and the frost on the windows blocks the view. […]

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Different Strokes: Seeking Space

Snow provides beautiful shapes between branches and trunks. Seeking these shapes consumes much of the time used to create my work. The decision to eliminate or enhance always presents an exciting challenge. Chickadee Lake Chickadee Lake lies north of Stony Plain, Alberta. This snowy location inspired “Breath”. Rolling hills and secret corners always take my […]

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One: Separation

“Irenaeus (130-202) intuited … that to neutralize matter, to teach that creation does not come from holy substance, would lead to the abuse of creation. [creation ex nihilo, creation out of nothing] was a convenient “truth” . . . [meaning] … Matter was not holy. … It was essentially devoid of sacred energy. So, every […]

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Different Strokes: Silkscreening

Google tells me I invented a new word: silkscreening. Well, that is what I have been up to lately. With two other members of our mastermind group “Devenir” (Doris Charest and Danièle Petit), I attended a workshop over several days on how to do silk screen printing. SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers) provided the […]

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One: Love

“…there is an inner code, a certain DNA, within love itself. It too has inner secrets, an inner structure, and a code that needs to be cracked if we are to properly understand its dynamics… Jesus gave us the keys to crack it…. vulnerability, the refusal out of love to protect ourselves, self-sacrifice, putting others […]

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Different Strokes: Illustration

Illustration has filled the minutes or hours, as the case may be, while I wait for paint to dry. My inspiration came from an article in The Painters’ Keys concerning the original illustrations for Ursula Kroeber’s Earthsea series. Ruth Robbins did a wonderful collection of wood cuts for first edition. Since I am creating my […]

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Different Strokes: Drying Oil Stick

Artists have their specialities. Being human we sometimes get bored doing the same thing over and over again. One of the ways to keep fresh is to try a series in a different genre or a different medium. A favorite break in routine for me is drawing, life drawing in particular. Lately I have returned […]

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