“There is in you something that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have.” -Howard Thurman Art by Michal Dziekan Happy Labor Day! End of summer and excited as I head back into my studio. Curiously, as I look to enter back into a creative place this quote caught my ear … Read More Listening between seasons.
WHEW, Times they are a’changin’ goes the song. For me, keeping an inner march of seasons as a measure, makes for some inner stability. Sunrise, Sunset stretches out to the same by the seasons. Summer solstice, sunrise. Winter solstice, sunset. Large breaths. Big picture. Our Mid-summer has arrived in DC with a couple of days breaking the 100 degree heat index. We have had … Read More Mid-summer, Magic, Madness, and moonstones.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! During my seasonal rituals of reading and reviewing all things rough and right of 2017, especially in a year where my own community has come under direct attack, and while struggling with my own ideas and needs for the substance of Hope, I came across this. I read it, then I re-read it. In it I found a … Read More “Our Light will outlast their flag.”
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.” Kurt Vonnegut Sweet words I’ve been hanging onto lately. My holding the ideal of Beauty daily, takes … Read More The Work of Beauty
Being proudly, a D.C. based, small business artist, I’d be remiss if I didn’t celebrate the beauty of our Cherry Blossom trees. Annually the city holds a week long festival celebrating the blooming, history and gift of these trees. Here is the Festival’s link. The festivities last the week through and is definitely a good time showcasing our beautiful city. National Cherry Blossom Festival … Read More Cherry Blossom Festival
This looks like I’ve mostly lost it. Whatever “it” was. Actually this is a process called heat precipitation hardening. I like to work in Argentium 935 silver for a few reasons. One reason why is this material’s potential hardness. Baking my Argentium silver pieces, whether they’re finished or prepped for setting stones, allows me to take full advantage of this inherent property. Baking at … Read More I’m not crazy…
“A great artist is but a conduit for an expression that resonates with something that is greater than him or herself” Imaginary Foundation
This, this two minute video. All of this. Each word, each thought, each idea expressed. Studio time is where my magic happens, here the relationship with Beauty is tended on bended knee. Here I find a flow, a sense of the eternal qualities of Creation herself. Staggering paralysis, humiliating at once, a leveling sense of awe…gifts me with the tangible result of creativity created, … Read More “A great artist is but a conduit for an expression that resonates with something that is greater than him or herself” Imaginary Foundation