Thoughts

Art and Ideas I like to mull over contemporary ideas about art and here I will be sharing my own ideas.

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What’s the title of this painting?

What is the title of his painting I ask myself. I look at it and think– What have I created here in this work? Where was I when I started it and where did the process take me? I ask these question to help me name the painting. I try to name it by what […]

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Inspiration and Cognitive Fires.

I am inspired by trying to understand things that I don’t understand. The unknown inspires me. Confusion and displacement and new perspectives– new ways of thinking inspire me.   I am inspired by everything  that demands that I slow down and face all that I don’t know. Nothing is more intriguing to me than trying to figure […]

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Painting and Writing and dreaming and stargazing

Even if we have a reliable method and a process that seems to work  there is still a lot of mystery in making art. It’s a act of faith sometimes. Somehow magic is involved and patience. Sometimes a  story calls you to come and find it, but you can’t quite locate where it’s hiding. I […]

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Reminding myself of the light within.

The traveler driving down a lonely country road at night, is encouraged by the distant twinkling lights of her destination. But it’s the headlights of her car that keep her from driving off the road. In life we are drawn toward the bright light of desire and distant dreams. But only the light we carry with […]

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ART AND COURAGE

If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage. —Cynthia Ozick I do believe that writing is an act of courage. Courage to keep going when life is in chaos– courage to keep going when your are tired and drained and empty, when you […]

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Days in the haunted room a poem

I find myself at times living my life as if I was trapped in a haunted room– spending all  my days and nights all alone with my hopeless longings hanging like torn and tattered curtains, heavy with years. Ghostly companions whispering in the dark And even when I try to escape I can’t get far– […]

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Knowing and accepting- Creative Process Part One

Knowing and accepting that we will be criticized- that we will be judged, rejected or even worse ignored– and choosing to continue anyway- is an essential skill that we need to acquire- that we can not do without- in life and in art. So is knowing and accepting that sometimes the road is long and […]

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REMEMBERING TODAY

Today is December 6th and every year on this day I like to take a moment to reflect and remember what happened on this day 23 years ago. On December 6 we commemorate the anniversary of the Montreal massacre, at L’École Polytechnique de Montréal. On that terrible day December 6 1989  these 14 innocent young […]

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Dispatches from the Road less travelled

“Life is complex. Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another…The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit”, and it has no road signs. It […]

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