“The Will of the Hand” The ancient Chinese painters believed that one's will is at the tip of the brush. Read More »
“A Name for My Artwork” I have been looking for a word to use for all my pictorial endeavors: painting, photography, and the placing – or throwing – of objects to then be photographed. I cannot find one in English. So I am led to the Chinese shih hua. Read More »
“The Perfect Gift” For his departing student, the Buddhist Master painted a perfect circle. Read More »
“The Purpose of Art” The purpose of Art should not be to shock, to confuse – but to reassure. Read More »
“Writing is So Much Easier When I am Free” Every day I write whatever comes to me to write about. And I love doing it. But if I am asked to write about a particular topic – even one I know well, and may of my own volition have written about previously, I don't enjoy the writing experience nearly as much. Read More »
“The Wind that Blows Through Me” For me, a major – perhaps the major – criterion of any work of art is whether the viewer believes not that the artist has painted it, but that it has been painted through him. Read More »
“The Three Levels to a Work of Art” There are three levels to a work of art, to a photograph. Read More »
“Zen (and Not)”
Lucien Stryk says of Zen: "to use the fewest … strokes of the brush to express their feelings."
In that case, my paintings – now – are certainly Zen: very few strokes, so many only one.
But, to go further: what feeling to express?Read More »