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ART and the Meaning of Life


Art, painting, Van Gogh, Mark Rothko, meaning in life, meaning of life, emotion, compassion, eudaimonia, Aristotle, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, artist as prophet, literature, The Trilogy of Remembrance, The Drawing Lesson, The Fate of Pryde, Night Crossing,

Let’s talk about art, creativity and— the meaning of life.  Where does that spark of inspiration come from. How does that explosive blast of energy create something new in this world?  But why do we focus only on the artist and pay so little attention to the other party—the viewer. This time, let’s talk about the viewer. […]

In Pursuit of the Sublime.


  In Pursuit of  the Sublime [Don’t Mess with the Magician-Part 2] The artist’s spiritual nature is embedded in his work. It either touches something fundamental in the soul of the individual artist and connects it with the viewer’s or it does not. If successful, a spiritual connection may elevate them to the rarely achieved realms of […]

Don’t Mess with the Magician.


Fueled and spurred on by creativity, the magician gives birth to the work of art. Thoughts of creativity bring pictures to mind of a magician onstage in a Shakespearean play. Listen! When theatre lights darken, strike the drum, bring on the music, drama and song! We are enchanted and charmed in a magical, mystical realm. […]

Marc Chagall


Marc Chagall, stained glass, painting, Trilogy of Remembrance

Gallery Hopping. Off to see the paintings of MARC CHAGALL. His life seems a joyous fantasy expressed in his paintings and stained glass.  Chagall said—that he lived and created with one foot dipped in the waters of the subconscious and the other on terra firma in this reality. With such talk of art and the unconscious/consciousness, […]

Looking at Art with Campbell and Jung


A psychiatrist and mythologist walked into an art gallery together. They are the wise sherpas pointing out new ways of “seeing” the brushstrokes as soul stirring messages. Why do I turn to Dr. Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and Joseph Campbell, the mythologist, when I’m looking at art? In addition to his lifelong clinical practice, Jung […]