Remembrance Day, Nineteen Seventeen
A century has passed since the events in this story took place in a little town—Belleville, Ontario. It’s the way I like to remember wars—all wars on Remembrance Day. My father told us this story many times about his own father. It’s the best “anti-war” story I’ve ever heard. With great respect to all those […]
Are you with Picasso?
When the great artist, Picasso, creator of Guernica, first visited the caves at Lascaux in France to see the paintings of our ancestors, he said, “We have learned nothing in thirty thousand years.” What did he mean? Of course, he was astounded by the brilliant artistry, but he was also struck by humankind’s lack […]
Inspiration~Mystic or Psychotic?
Who hasn’t found inspiration in the writings of Joseph Campbell, the great mythologist or Carl Jung, the wise and worldly psychiatrist? Certainly I’ve spent a lifetime pondering their thoughts. Both Campbell and Jung have written about possible connections between psychosis/schizophrenia and mysticism. And so, I found that suddenly this train of thought popped up in […]
THE PATRON AND THE MUSE
#muse #patron #art, #Tchaikovsky #music, #William Blake, #poetry, #painting. Where is my patron? Where goes my muse? How many times has an artist cried out, “If only I had a patron, I would not have to starve, but could dedicate my life to my art with some degree of comfort.” So goes the litany of […]
Cezanne and the Mountain
#Cezanne #painitng #artist #composition #JosephCampbellFoundation About Cezanne: We have a guest artist to interview today—Alexander Wainwright, Britain’s finest living landscape artist to talk about the painter, Paul Cezanne. MEM: Alexander, people often talk about an artist’s use of line and colour and various techniques. But you’re thinking more about subject matter from a really […]