- John Berger, Bento’s Sketchbook pp. 9, 11, and 14
We who draw do so not only to make something observed visible to others, but also to accompany something invisible to its incalculable destination.
(C)ontemplation is . . . awakening, enlightenment, and the amazing intuitive grasp by which love gains certitude of God’s creative and dynamic intervention in our daily life. . . contemplation is a sudden gift of awareness, an awakening to the Real within all that is real. A vivid awareness of infinite Being at the roots of our own limited being. An awareness of our contingent reality as received, as a present from God, as free gift of love.
—Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
You point to something as having Quality and the Quality tends to go away. Quality is what you see out of the corner of your eye.
- Robert Pirsig
When I was a child there was a TV show on which every now and then the announcer would call out, "Circle gets the square." I don't know why. But circles and squares do have a special relationship, don't they?
Until art is allowed its full and proper place in spiritual meditation, meditation itself will remain elitist, a complex and convoluted exercise for an elite minority of professional pray-ers… Matthew Fox
Antoine de Saint-Exupery. "More wisdom is latent in things as they are than in all the words men use."
Life feels less threatening when we back away. Wild animals feel safer when they're in a zoo, trees are safer in parks, and art is safer in museums, behind glass. But we pay a high price for our safety, don't we? We will never know what a wild animal really is if we only see it in a zoo, trees can never be fully trees in a park, and contemplative art must be experienced intimately, up close and personally.
I am an artist. I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.