Archives for "June, 2014"

Jun 27, 2014

MINDING MY PICNIC


Cyril Connolly said, “The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles, and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.”

I don’t think the artist one day falls through a hole; I think she is born inside of one. The climb out shows up as creativity to those around her. So she gets the title of Artist, but titles hold zero gravity inside of her inevitable and sometimes desperate pursuit to illuminate the cavernous abyss of her heart’s living room.

But climbing and climbing until finally busting through that river’s surface offers up a potent daily candy made of a sugar for which there are absolutely no substitutes. We get to be mountain climbers while sitting on park benches… Overcoming is great exercise. The eyes it produces can travel the stars by way of some smashed sidewalk glass.

We are all these artists – designing our creative climbs out of what hurts – to where we heard there is some plateau with a picnic spread.

So may you laugh hard inside of an extended reward born of making it above whatever currents have kept you water-bound. May your witnessing of the upcoming overhead twinkling explosions of emerald and white summer snow rewire your attention from the darker rivers to the mystery of the camaraderie inherent in our human order.

I raise a toast to you for busting through, and for being my friend inside the river, too… MORE

Jun 20, 2014

WE DON’T WANT TO LET GO, WE WANT TO OWN


This audio shares my thoughts on how “letting go” actually happens, and the role art plays in redefining this phrase. CLICK to listen! MORE

Jun 6, 2014

WHAT YOU LOVE, MAKES YOU


“A man is only as good as what he loves.”  -Saul Bellow

Jun 6, 2014

UNLESS YOU’RE COMPLETELY EXPLODED


“Unless you’re completely exploded, there’s always something to be grateful for.”  -Saul Bellow, Herzog Featured: “Bronx Crumble” from my CLOSER SIDEWALK collection.

Jun 6, 2014

ZEN INTRUSION


“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.”  -Saul Bellow, Herzog