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  Today I have time to work … and I just can’t.  I sometimes have this after I go and work on a number of pieces.  I just am creatively dried up today.  It does not feel gloomy to be in this space, it just feels quiet.  So I am being content following up on […]

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Blessing of the Hands: for GR CIVA

I wrote this for the meeting of the Grand Rapids affiliate of Christians in the Visual Arts which we had last evening.  This is the text of the small talk that I gave before we had a hand blessing for all the artists gathered at our monthly meeting.   ________________________________________________________________   A few words before we begin […]

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New Work

I have been struggling lately with depression.  I see things at my job in the psychiatric hospital that have impacted me emotionally more than I let myself realize.  Some people knew and prayed for me, but I have not been able to paint as much as I would have liked.  I have started again, with […]

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New Light

It has been some time since I have written anything.  I have been working on getting a piece ready for the Chinese Cultural Center of San Francisco.  I shipped out 6 pieces for their exhibition “Afterlife” and finished printing a block print for my church’s production of “God’s Trombones” which we will be putting on this […]

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Once, someone told me not to continue working as a social worker because they thought I was “too sensative” to deal with all the pain that I would encounter in this line of work.  They thought that it would destroy my art.  Well, this person is right and wrong.  I am still creating art, but […]

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I have a bad habit.  I believe in myself … more than I should.  This past weekend, I believed that I would be able to teach myself how to sew on my daughter’s new sewing machine.  I imagined one morning the way to build/sew an entire dragon dance costume that I wanted to make in […]

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Learning a Lesser Way

So I am struggling with trying to figure out what God wants me to do with my art.  In the past week, I have come to the conviction that God is definitely moving me away from the things that typically are motivations for artists: to sell well, to be known, or to get bigger or […]

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New Beginning

 I cleaned out my studio today.  I hate doing that. Just seeing everything, my creative clutter – gone – I hate it. … and now I can move in there again.  Everything that was behind me is gone.  I am in many senses starting over. The economy has hit 10% unemployment in Michigan, and the […]

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Art as Prayer II

I have been giving some thought to what I would paint for the Ching Ming Festival show … and out of nowhere it seems that God had something else in mind to show me.  For a long time I have been concerned with trying to figure out what I am to be doing with my […]

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We had a peaceful Christmas at our home this week, and today is another grey day.  This is my favorite time of the year – the period between Christmas and Easter when the Michigan weather creates an overcast that makes light dim and for me helps me settle into a reflective state of mind.  I have […]

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