Pressing Ahead to Beauty

This is the sixth in a series which you can start HERE, or review the previous post HERE.  We are exploring the second stage in the creative process as offered in the Table of Creation, the stage of Execution. Seeking … Continued

From Idea to Real Thing

This is the fifth in a series which you can start HERE, or review the previous post HERE. The first aspect of creation we have considered is “inspiration” which we described as a contemplative, prayerful time sparking our belief that … Continued

Nurturing the Idea Within

This is the fourth in a series which you can start HERE, or review the previous post HERE. The Inner Activity In the previous post I discussed inspiration as an asking time. This asking usually becomes a dialogue in my … Continued

What Is “Inspiration”?

This is the third in a series about Your Table of Creation, discussing aspects of the three stages of creating. You can start the series HERE, or review the previous post HERE. This “inspiration stage” is vital to authentic creation and … Continued

Ask, Seek, Knock = Creation

In the last post I showed the “Table of Creation” below which reflects prompts from my 47+ years of experience practicing the arts.  I have found that the concepts it represents can be applied to almost any field of creation. You … Continued

Art and Poetry are Evolutionary

Walter Brueggemann has said that artists and poets call us to imagine the world differently. Ideally, artists and poets present us with perspectives outside our established routines and systems, outside our ideologies of protection, denial, privilege and exceptionalism. They call … Continued

Rising From Deep Under

Four months ago a short, simple poem emerged from my early morning meditations and started me building this mixed media image which I finished just in time for the New Year. I had been contemplating my progression in life and … Continued

A Work of Art Evolves

It can be useful and interesting to see the stages through which an artist takes his materials in the development of a work. In the case I show you here, each stage can be complete as a member of a … Continued

Film of Painter Phil Petrie

Our community of artists is rich with thinkers and talent. In 2013 we released a two-part documentary of Philip Petrie, an oil painter in our community whose paintings were then showing at the Martha Pace Swift Gallery in San Diego … Continued

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