The purpose of this page is to show the artwork of living artists that has appeared in various posts, to say a little bit about what made the artwork interesting to us, and to say a little bit about the correspondence between us and the artists. The art works are not mentioned in any particular order.
I Go to Seek a Great Perhaps by Mallory Heinz
This artwork reminded me of Step 184 of Steps to Knowledge, “My questions are greater than I had realized before.” The artist, Mallory Heinz, testifies, “When not elbow-deep in artwork, she prefers being surrounded by books or performing improv comedy.”
Healing Presence by Bruce Harman
The artist writes: HEALING PRESENCE: a shaman, a Fairy Queen, a Mineral King, a human, an Ascended Master and an angel link healing energies. It takes all kinds. Alisa used this picture in her post “Trusting My Inner Guidance,” a commentary of Step 22, “I am surrounded by the Teachers of God” in Steps to Knowledge
Voices in the Sky by Wendy Worley
Wendy Worley listened to the song “Voices in the Sky” by the Moody Blues as she painted this painting. Wendy wrote “The music combined with the spiritual, intuitive way that I paint ensures that I am always fully present in the moment while painting – always listening to see where the paint will move and what images will appear on the canvas. Judging and having my own agenda would completely get in the way. I find that working in this way is far more interesting than if I pre-planned with my conscious mind.”
I read this comment and looked at this painting, and thought “Oh…she paints in tongues. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”
Patience is Power by Dennis “Sio” Montera
I was moved by this image. It looked to me like something important had been covered up, literally whitewashed. And yet, even though the important truth had been concealed for a while, it was making an appearance, either through nature or through people.
I have not met Dennis Montera in person, as he lives on the island of Cebu in the central Philippines. But he has offered kind words in an email exchange. This style of painting in which Dennis specializes is called “abstract expressionism,” an art movement of the early to middle 20th century. Dennis writes “As a Catholic artist in the Philippines, I express my religiosity with non-objective forms in the hope of capturing the emotion of the moment especially the spiritual.”
Coffee for Mister Yves Klein by Floriana Barbu
I seem to recall finding this while looking for an image to go with the song “The Blue Café” by Chris Rea. The blue in the background of the photograph is similar to a shade of blue which French artist Yves Klein (1928-1962) made famous by calling it “International Klein Blue”.
Floriana Barbu is a Romanian photographer who has created many interesting photographs. I believe more of her photographs will appear in Ascending Knowledge in the future.
The Young Poet Rumi by Skip Noah
The painting “The Young Poet Rumi” shows a young Rumi (sans white beard) composing a poem. The painting is a visual narrative of catharsis. Peacock feather in hand, the flow of ink has veered off the paper and knocked over an ink well as the weight of emotion from what he has just written causes him to collapse in creative exhaustion, his heart pumping blood onto the green table. Two young birds fly in through his open window bringing flowers. These feathered muses also bring him inspiration metaphorically through these gifts of flowers.
When I see this painting I can smell the salty air of the sea just outside Rumi’s window. The lines of the poem on the paper are from the poem Heroes:
Does any artist paint for the sake of the picture itself,
without the hope of offering some good?
No, but for the sake of the viewers and the young
who will be drawn by it and freed from cares.
The Idealist by Luke Hillestad
It has been my privilege to meet and know Luke Hillestad. When I first met him, he was the “Art Instigator” at Solomon’s Porch, a church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’ve heard that he spends a good bit of time in Norway these days, apprenticed to the artist Odd Nerdrum. I get the impression that both Odd Nerdrum and Luke wish to use Rembrandt as their visual palette, but with a 21st century emotional palette. I told him “That guy in The Idealist scares me.” He replied “He scares me too.”
The Idealist has a plan for your life. I almost used an image from the movie “The Lathe of Heaven” for the post “Idealism Is The Mother Of Judgment.” There was an idealist in that movie, based on the science-fiction novel by Ursula K. LeGuin, who had great plans for the world.