Every now and then, I feel like I’m “finished” with Ed’s ArtSite… artists like to “fin” their work. But I’m not sure if this project has an “end”. Whenever I think I’m at the fin, something always comes up-ish.
Sometimes an old familiar road develops too many ruts. Sometimes the best path is a new one… Peter Gabriel’s, Solsbury Hill is a favorite song about turning from an old path onto a new one.
The Internet is Earth’s lighted metaphysical stage. Building Ed’s ArtSite has been a rewarding experience akin to meeting a stranger and not knowing what to expect. Then after a lengthy exchange becoming great friends!
Katie, my youngest, asked me a while back to write something about myself for her in a “dad” book to have for posterity. I hope this website does a better job than I did in my book.
Below I explain my artist’s poem Nine by Seven (9 lines of 7 words) from the home page for the benefit of anyone who would like an explanation.
art is something our nine senses reveal
(sight, sound, smell, taste, touch,
vestibular, proprioception, spirit, soul)
writing is something our heart teaches us
(insight is cultivated in a seeking heart)
music is something of and from both
(music comes in and out our senses)
art, words, and music awaken the senses
(inspired works can make us feel good or bad)
composing mood reflections from life’s reasoned fences
(we each have unique perspectives so our reaction varies)
encoded skill and mind is the foundry
(everyone has gifts to share)
beyond the grip of night’s emotional boundary
(anxiety and depression stifle inspiration)
works evolve as inspired emotion is resolved
(creativity is bolstered by emotions)
only completed when an audience is involved
(artist’s work is defined by its audience)
Artists finish their work.
An audience completes it.
God knows what’s best. God has a plan, a good, pleasing, and perfect plan. It’s a feeling we get when we stop long enough, look intently enough, and listen quietly enough, in private prayer.
Special thanks to Susan1 and Susan2, without whom I would be lost in space.
Thanks to my family and friends for their help with spelling and grammar. But mostly for the life lessons, love, patience, and understanding.
Thank YOU for completing Ed’s ArtSite.
Most of all, thanks to God, who deserves ALL the credit for EVERYTHING!
I pray that in grateful silence… we ask less and listen more.
Afterword dedicated to web friends