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  Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Lyrical Abstraction

Lyrical abstraction is not a formal, specific school of art. It is a term art critics have invented to differentiate abstract works which present ideation and imagery (or imagery potentials, depending on the viewers’ ability to discern them), versus those with no relation to the natural world or pictorial allusion. There is a balanced, aesthetic elegance one can immediately sense in lyrical abstraction. Such works present viewpoints and convictions, but are rarely sentimental; they may be lively and animated or subtle and soothing, but above all, are charged with content.

The art of lyrical abstraction allows us to ponder meanings and emotions in ways that mere stripes of color, for instance, don’t. Lyrical abstraction has something to say, and it often takes on the dynamics of psychological exploration. It may or may not include suggestions or representations of imagery from the natural world. The paintings may vary widely in visual effect, but all share a similar intent: evoking feelings of essence—and that all-important connection to higher, more esoteric worlds.

Illustration: Yellow-Red-Blue, 1925 by Wassily Kandinsky


  Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Coptic Binding

Coptic binding or Coptic sewing comprises methods of bookbinding employed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century.The term is also used to describe modern bindings sewn in the same style.

Coptic bindings, the first true codices, are characterized by one or more sections of parchment, papyrus, or paper sewn through their folds, and (if more than one section) attached to each other with chain stitch linkings across the spine, rather than to the thongs or cords running across the spine that characterise European bindings from the 8th century onwards. In practice, the phrase “Coptic binding” usually refers to multi-section bindings, while single-section Coptic codices are often referred to as “Nag Hammadi bindings,” after the 13 codices found in 1945 which exemplify the form.


  Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Cadmium yellow

The name comes from Latin cadmia = zinc ore calamine, from Greek kadmeia = Cadmean earth, first found near Thebes, city founded by the Phoenician prince Cadmus.

The particle sizes of the deeper cadmiums are about fifty times larger than the paler varieties. They are transparent particles that appear in clusters, microscopically.

  Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

There are endless ways of approaching a painting.

—Gordon Onslow-Ford


  Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.


  Saturday, August 30th, 2014

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence my help comes from. My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.

—Psalm 121:1

  Friday, August 29th, 2014

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

—Vincent Van Gogh

  Monday, August 25th, 2014

Disarming the Narcissist (Commentary)

I would like to think there is help for an N—but I don’t believe there is. I think of the smear campaign—very deliberate lies meant to completely discredit someone, isolate someone. That is evil.

God is the only help—He can set the captives free. The captives of the N.

God is very clear in His word—there are evil people. Do not throw your pearls before swine. They will turn and trample you.

Ns have made a deliberate decision to live against God’s word and they have no excuse. Many are “Christians.” They know the Word.

Their evil is deliberate.


It is useful to understand how narcissists operate. It is also useful to understand how victims respond and why they respond in these ways. We can choose to try to help narcissists or to help victims. We cannot do both at the same time and the narcissists’ victims are not the ones who should be trying to help the narcissists.



  Thursday, August 21st, 2014

By the silent line

Photos by Pierre Folk


  Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

R. Waller’s Catalogue of Simple & Mixt Colours

From Philosophical Transactions (1686)


  Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Non-objective Art

The representation I’m interested in is of those things only the eye can touch. I think of painting without subject matter as music without words. —Kenneth Noland

Hilma af Klint, Chaos, Nr. 2, 1906

  Monday, August 11th, 2014

The Way of Love

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.


  Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Thank You Everyone

Syncope (/ˈsɪŋkəpi/ sing-kə-pee), the medical term for fainting or passing out, is defined as a transient loss of consciousness and postural tone, characterized by rapid onset, short duration, and spontaneous recovery, due to global cerebral hypoperfusion (low blood flow to the brain) that most often results from hypotension (low blood pressure). This definition of syncope differs from others by including the cause of unconsciousness, i.e. transient global cerebral hypoperfusion. Without that addition, the definition of syncope would include disorders such as epileptic seizures, concussion or cerebrovascular accident. Syncope is distinguished from coma, which can include persistent states of unconsciousness. This confusion still occurs in some literature.

Many forms of syncope are preceded by a prodromal state that often includes dizziness and loss of vision (“blackout”) (temporary), loss of hearing (temporary), loss of pain and feeling (temporary), nausea and abdominal discomfort, weakness, sweating, a feeling of heat, palpitations and other phenomena, which, if they do not progress to loss of consciousness and postural tone are often denoted “presyncope”.

Syncope is extraordinarily common, occurring for the most part in two age ranges: the teenage years and older age. Estimates of lifetime incidence of at least one syncopal episode include 40 to 50 percent of the general populace. Syncope comprises 1 to 3 percent of all attendances to emergency departments and 1 to 6 percent of all hospital admissions.


  Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Me & the Joe Pyes

We’re both a long way from home.


  Saturday, August 2nd, 2014