“AllSpark”

art, music, and words awaken 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. 

I lost my drive to paint and play somewhere between working and living.

Keep moving forward.

I started this website in September 2007 hoping for an audience. I thought that if I had an audience, it would inspire me to want to paint and play again!

Turns out that the “audience” I was actually searching for was my own conscience. I’ve had an easy relationship with my Creator. But my relationship with myself has been anything BUT easy.

I’ve been talking to myself publicly with this website for years!

They say it’s ok to talk to yourself as long as you understand what it is that you’re saying.

I started Ed’s Art Net in Fall 2007, but it only began to take coherent shape after I retired in early 2020… I found myself suspended in “Freedom’s Elation”. This website developed an “AllSpark” all its own. I now had that familiar feeling from web publishing that I felt in my youth with my bedroom ceiling and neighbor annoying Sears amp.

“Walt”
(who names their art table?)

Before retirement, I had managed to acquire a surplus professional grade art table, “Walt” and my “Team 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!

My nurse and I, with help from the doctor, have been tweaking my medication for years looking for optimal results. It’s 2023 and we’re still tweaking, but getting better results.

Prayer is a great stabilizer. I’ve felt God’s spirit inside my head. It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had!

God is working at the spiritual roots. The rest of us are working on the right combinations of food and medicine. The science of health and wellness. With an occasional indulgent pop tart thrown in… toasted then buttered!

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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