Passion Vitalizes Art: A Poem

Spark the soul’s hearth with courageous fervor The glory of glories does not respond to gentle entreaties The wellspring of creation is unreachable to sober pleas Awakened imagination generates ecstatic abandonment Through art we re-unite with Creation Initiation slithers from fingertipsGlowing vitalitySparkling originalityFrom blankness comes the reflection Transforming the emptiness Through sincere devotion Unquestioned desireUnquenchable …

The Infinite Now

Hold to the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past. – James Joyce For the past month, I have been editing a new novel. To write a novel you have to deal with characterization – where a writer “reveals the personality of the character”. But a terrific amount of creative alchemy …

Make Your Soul Grow

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. – Kurt Vonnegut I normally spend part of each morning and evening reading, browsing through interesting facts, articles, and images. At various times during the rest of the day, I create things. I write, …

The Unwanting Soul

The unwanting soul sees what’s hidden, and the wanting soul sees only what it wants. – LaoZi A modest purity dwells in the silky silence of blades of grass sweeping away the sand grain by grain. The spirit must open wide to discover such rich experiences. Stop the time-clock and uncover a cosmos: beneath your …

Art is not What You See

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. –Edgar Degas Artists don’t look for beauty fully formed. Art is the summoning of the fantastic with effortless action. Planning out the brushstrokes would result in lifeless creation. I was taught to sketch the general idea and to let the work emerge from …

Artists’ Souls

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. – Henry Ward Beecher The world is filled to overflowing with inspiration standing in opposition to entropy. The creative process begins with a vague wandering off of the mental path. There is a whisper to turn the head …

Art has Two Constants

He realized more vividly than ever before, that art had two constants, two unending preoccupations: it is always meditating on death and it is always thereby creating life. –Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago The spark of life within us glimmers and shines, and occasionally adversity or blessing fans the spark into a bonfire. That animated nucleus …

Shine a Splendid Light

This is a sample of my recently published book of poetry, Shine a Splendid Light: Poems and pieces from a restored life. It is Volume One. From the Artist the Universe Demands Art and image, subject and artist are bound together forever. Something beckons to the artist’s eye causing his head to turn and notice …

Shadow is a Color

Shadow is a color as light is, only less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones. – Paul Cezanne One cannot have light without shadow. The shades of experience give depth to our lives just as a shadow brings out otherwise unseen details. To focus only on positive impressions would make …