Different Strokes: Devenir

Wisdom tells us if we stop growing we die. Growing requires a certain amount of risk. Taking risks keeps us fresh, excited and engaged. Devenir is a risk encouraging new risks. Cooperating Traditionally artists have followed a path of isolation. They preferred their own company and the space to follow their muse. Currently there is […]

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One: Mastermind

Gridded amber dots contrasted with glowing diamond strings, white lit sparkles draped across the somber land. The sun had not yet risen. Light clusters in various colours, mostly blue and gold organized around community centres, businesses readying for the day. Vast collections arrayed on either side melting into farmland along the delta. As our plane […]

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One: Recovery

Recovery is slow. Last Monday marked my return following an intense six days in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. I must be getting older. I do not bounce back very quickly after such an event. Perhaps it has something to do with the other three commitments this weekend as well. In any case, […]

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One: Second Coming

”If Christ were to come back to complete his work today, I’ve thought, what would he think of the world we’ve created? And what would we think of him? With these thoughts tumbling around in my head, I decided to start looking for messiahs.” National Geographic, Messiah Complex, August 2017 p86, Jonas Bendiksen Finding new […]

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Different Strokes: Puddling

Shapes are the basis of the puddling process. Puddling involves fluid paint filling a particular area, usually caught between texture and drip lines. In the previous article about my process, I was mostly working with a gesso/gel mixture that can be applied to the vertical surface. Stepping back is easy when one is at an […]

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One: Becoming Whole

“Personal transformation and social transformation are one piece. . . . The true spiritual quest is not that I become whole. Informed by the belief that the world is birthed by God and is precious and sacred and one, the true spiritual quest is that the world become whole—and we along with it.” Jack Jezreel quoted […]

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Different Strokes: Shapes

Picking out the shapes in the chaos of drips, drops and texture is the real challenge. At this point, one allows the photo reference to slide into a vague memory as one is more and more involved with the selection of size, value and placement. The notan study done previously becomes essential. Nature does not […]

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