“AllSpark”

art, music, and words awakens the senses 
composing reflections from life’s reasoned fences 
encoded skill and mind is the foundry 
beyond the grip of night’s emotional boundary

“Harmony”

Below I explain my artist’s poem for the benefit of anyone who would like an explanation.

art, music, and words awaken the senses (Art, music, and words can inspire us emotionally and can make us feel good or bad)

composing reflections from life’s reasoned fences (Each of us has a unique life and emotional perspective so our reactions can be different to a given work of art, music, or words)

encoded skill and mind is the foundry (Artists each have unique and special talents to share)

beyond the grip of night’s emotional boundary (Some artists, maybe many, battle with the numbing effects of anxiety and depression)

When I was young, creating art and music was all consuming. I painted on my bedroom walls, ceiling and anything else that was handy. I played my second hand black Harmony 1950s model semi hollow body electric guitar every available moment. Music and art flowed from me like rain off the Appalachian Mountains!

As I got older the drive to draw and play diminished. I convinced myself that I would just start art and music creation again when I retired. But I knew that I would need something to help ignite my old art and music “AllSpark”.

Keep moving forward.

I started this website in September 2007 without a clue except I was hoping for an audience. I thought that if I had an audience, it would inspire me to paint and play. I was looking in the wrong place.

I didn’t know it in 2007, but Ed’s Art Net was to be my therapist.

Turns out that the “audience” I was searching for was my own conscience. I’ve been talking to myself publicly with a website for years! They say it’s ok to talk to yourself as long as you understand what it is that you’re saying. Evidently, I’m a little slow.

Ed’s Art only began to take coherent shape after I retired in early 2020. Soon after that, the website developed a new “AllSpark” all its own. I now had a similar feeling from the website that I felt in my youth with my bedroom ceiling and neighbor annoying Sears amp.

“Walt”

Before retirement, I managed to acquire a surplus professional grade art table and my “teen dream” guitar rig. 

At retirement, when my website developed its “AllSpark”, it kindled hope that I would begin to paint and play productively again. 

I almost had all I needed to start anew!

By Ed Caldwell

Except for some unavoidable honey-dos, I pretty much goof off for a living now. My last career job was designing internet operating circuit boards along with a distinguished team of engineers, managers and support personnel. Prior to that I was an electronics technician evolving into circuit board design in the defense industry working with tactical missile systems. My first career job was a professional artist. During my younger years I worked many odd jobs beginning at age nine with a newspaper delivery route.

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