Painting available for purchase here
"Art is a force of transformation and self realization. As a potter transforms an ordinary lump of clay into work of beauty, that clay transforms the potter into an artist and craftsperson of his or her community. This transformative power of the arts gives us a sense of belonging and unlocks the doors of optimism and hope." Satish Kumar
I love this quote for it speaks to the power that art making releases within a community. Making art is always met with many unknowns. You begin writing a song, but you don't know if it will ever become something other people will care to hear. You begin a painting, but you have no guarantee it will serve any real purpose. You begin to weave a rug, but you wonder if any one want to buy it. It often feels like what Ray Bradbury spoke of when he said; art making was like "jumping off a cliff and building your wings on the way down".
To continue to jump off that cliff artists need to find love and refreshment within a nurturing community, where they can eventually find their place to belong. I am very thankful for the city where I live - because it feels like I have found that here in Grand Rapids. I also appreciate the online community I have found through this blog - and those of you who have continued to visit with me here, and leave your comments from time to time. Your love and interest been a powerful force to help me continue on this very mysterious artistic life journey. Thank you!
When it comes to monarch butterflies, my wife Brenda becomes a ten year old again. Since she was a little girl in Muskegon, Michigan she has had this fascination with this majestic insect. She recently took the leaf from one our back yard milkweed plants - on which she observed a Monarch lay an egg -- and put it in a screened covered Tupperware dish to work out its stunning metamorphosis in the safety of our bedroom. It worked all the way through its transformative journey - and was released into the back yard garden last week. Above is the photo of her adopted butterfly -- in all it's new-found glory.
It is good to live with the powerful - caterpillar to butterfly story. I especially appreciate that quiet still phase of the chrysalis just hanging there. This hidden away phase, that seems like nothing is happening - and yet after what seems like such a long time of inactivity - the butterfly emerges to pump out it's glorious wings.
This drawing is available here.
"Art is a force of transformation and self-realization. As a potter transforms an ordinary lump of clay into a work of beauty, that clay transforms the potter into an artist and craftsperson of his or her community. This transformative power of the arts gives us a sense of belonging and unlocks the doors of optimism and hope." Satish Kumar, Art for Earth's Sake
There is a great power available in both making art and living with art. Most of the art of high quality is also very expensive -which lifts it outside the reach of most people, except for how they may experience it in a public setting, like a museum. It is my belief that the creator becomes involved in the creative process and this imbues it with its inherent spiritual potency. There is after all a unseen reality which visual art makes visible.