Art and Truth in Chartres

Art, like truth and goodness, must have a foundation for criticism, for evaluation. Our hearts tell us this. There is right. There is wrong. There is beauty. There is good. There is evil. There is love… And there is the One who loves us all despite our unjust ways with one another. Art that is … Read more

La récolte

Saint Brevin France Pommes

La récolte. Do we photograph best what we love the most? Or perhaps the question should be, does an artist ever tire of trying to capture that place which they know will one day be—a place which no eye can behold and no pen can adequately describe? [Photo taken in a friend’s garage, France, 2018]

Quelle couleur

Quelle couleur est produite en mélangeant le rouge, le vert et le bleu ? Well, ça dépend. Voici la couleur sous / cachée par les autres. The photo was sent to me by my dear friend Monica Lopes this morning with a word: Gather the paints while they are available, especially Azure. The time for … Read more

A Play Within a Play, Methinks

The queen in Hamlet

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” From the Second Quarto edition of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act III, Scene II, spoken by Queen Gertrude in response to Prince Hamlet’s probing question: “Madam, how like you this play?” For the context (within the scene), read here. Or, for Mel Gibson’s performance of the later part of Scene … Read more

En herbe: Van Gogh to His Sister

De la vue qu’encadrait la fenêtre de sa chambre, il retint le bleu lavande du ciel orageux et des collines et les tons rompus de bleu-vert du champ de blé en herbe. — (Steven Naifeh, Van Gogh, 2013) From a letter of Van Gogh to his sister (Paris, 1887): “Now comparing people with grains of … Read more

Not So Thin: Georgia O’Keefe’s Black Crosses

“I saw the crosses so often—and often in unexpected places—like a thin dark veil of the Catholic Church spread over the New Mexico landscape,” said Georgia O’Keeffe. I didn’t fully grasp O’Keeffe’s meaning at first. I was not in New Mexico. I was at home in Texas, seated at my desk with a roof over … Read more

Sow the Wind, Reap the Whirlwind?

JMW Turner Snow Storm

Interesting collection of recent uses of the phrase, “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” (from the prophetic Book of Hosea, eighth chapter, King James Version): But is the saying true? Is it prophetic? I would be inclined to say… yes.