Category Archives: Art

Beauty and the Muck

Today’s post features a painting hanging in the Art and Zen Sanctuary.

Beauty and the Muck
Beauty and the Muck

This work is painted in acrylic on a hand-crafted custom wood panel, painted around the 1.75″ edges and measuring 96” x 24” with rounded corners.

The significance of the lotus flower in the Zen tradition is about beauty rising out of the muck where it grows. This is similar to freeing our minds through meditation, rising above the mess around us in the world today…the mess we all need to deal with everyday. How about we work together to clean up what causes us to suffer and rise like a beautiful lotus flower.

Bless you all as you deal with task of finding the best space to elevate your consciousness.



Frank's staff
Frank’s staff

There was an artist in the city of Kouroo who was disposed to strive after perfection. One day it came into his mind to make a staff. Having considered that in an imperfect work, time is an ingredient, but into a perfect work, time does not enter, he said to himself: It shall be perfect in all respects, though I should do nothing else in my life.

Henry David Thoreau


Frank carries a staff with him on some of his walks. It was hardly crafted at all from a fallen branch in our forest sanctuary, being perfect in its natural form. It becomes more perfect all the time as Frank adds a natural patina from his handling of this tree, often admired by others he encounters on his walks.

We are perfect, and getting better all the time.


Happy Halloween to All

Happy Halloween to All

Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwn, ˈn, ˌhɑːl/) is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows’ Eve revolves around the theme of using “humor and ridicule to confront the power of death.”


When is a Painting Done?

When is a Painting Done?

After thinking “Gracy’s Lagoon” was completed a few weeks ago, the birds have flown back to the easel for some touching up, along with the rocks…etc.

Gracy's Lagoon 2
Gracy’s Lagoon 2

Seems like hanging it on the wall was an invitation to enjoy and examine, only to see things that might still be “improved.” And…back to the painting studio.

So, when is a painting really done? Some famous artists have carried their work around for years, like Leonardo and his “Mona Lisa” which he loved so much he carried it with him wherever he traveled. It could be that a friendship develops with some works and their creators. It could also be that the relationship is heightened when others show interest in a particular piece…making the artist more aware that others are looking at this work, so it better be as good as they can make it.

Perhaps, it is not until the work finally leaves the artist’s possession that the work is really completed.

Learning from, and Living in…History

Learning from History

A few months ago, Mary asked Frank for a new painting in the living room. They decided to recreate a meaningful as well as decorative art work. They wanted to hang a piece that would influence future art production through a better understanding of the earliest art produced thousands of years ago. They decided on recreating a cave painting from the photos and information about the first art created by early artists. After building a custom wood panel, Frank applied heavy impasto coats of acrylic paint with a sponge to simulate a cave wall surface for this 30″ x 60″ painting.

Early Art... Respect for life
Early Art… Respect for life

Living in History

Now as Mary and Frank sit and discuss the day and future directions, they are blessed with a sense of the earliest art, and bring a bit of history forward in time.

Early Art... Respect for life
Early Art… Respect for life, and … “Do you want to play a game?”


Studio WIP (Work In Progress)

Studio WIP (Work In Progress)

Studio WIP
Studio WIP

Thank you very much to all who support my art production in many ways over many years. As you can see, new works are on their way into the collection from my painting studio. Of course, this wonderful studio competes with my far removed high-tech digital studio, 29 steps away. But, fortunately they are very compatible, bringing new energy daily to each other.
I’m very blessed, and wish the same for you.