Frank could not deny the wish of his daughter to see the eagle previously proposed for the Enlightened Liberty painting posted yesterday. Calling into service the eagle from his “Masters of the Earth” series of paintings, Frank has inserted this true master of the air into a new version of his artwork below to honor his daughter and grandson:
May we all be blessed with peace as we show compassion.
At ArtAndZen.com, we usually stay away from politics and religion, too often intertwined. Today, we make an exception to recognize the reality of a very important human desire: Liberty, as a prime element in finding Enlightenment, and to recognize a special event.
The founders of the United States of America, wanted Liberty above all else, and many fought and died to allow others this basic human right. The people of France recognized this in their gift of a statue “Liberty Enlightening the World” (in French: La Liberté éclairant le monde). Today’s world is in chaos, in part because governments and politicians are driven by self-interest at the expense of human rights. Enlightenment has taken a severe beating.
In Frank’s 30” x 30” acrylic on wood painting from 2001, “Liberty Enlightening the World”, he projects Enlightenment standing strong, through the suffering and confusion we find around us today. There is a guiding light. (The statue performed as a navigational lighthouse from 1886 until 1901.)
All of this takes on special meaning today as Frank recognizes his grandson’s decision to become a warrior in defense of Liberty around the world. Bless this young man for his bravery and courage. May he help protect a world that rediscovers Enlightenment and Liberty as primary human rights.
In the lighthouse series, Frank created different points of view.
In this 28” x 18” pastel on illustration board, Frank wonders what it would be like for a sailor at sea for months. Would he dream about seeing a light? Would he trust his eyes or think it a vision when finally seeing a light?
This was the first of the lighthouse series, which precedes the Dharma Wheel Galaxy paintings. The concepts flow along the same path.