Well, we are making our way through the Summer of 2010 at a rapid clip. The season has gone by way too fast, especially living up here in Alaska. It has been an unseasonably cool and cloudy summer, and although our days are exceptionally long (the midnight sun, and all of that) I am still wearing a sweater. I saw a funny bumper sticker, “Alaskans for Global Warming”.
Hope you have a Happy 4th of July, and all those wonderful good things that come from our uniquely American holiday! I came across this and like it very much. So here you go.
Here are some more, I hope that they bless you somehow. All were painted out of a long season of deep depression. Painting these (and a lot of others) was the only thing that kept me sliding off the edge. Some might ask, how can you create these out of your Bipolar Disorder? To be honest, I am just as mystified as you.
“An artist has been defined as a neurotic who continually cures himself with his art.” (Lee Simonson)
All of these paintings have been given to various non-profit organizations, for the handicapped and the mentally ill. To me, that is the place they belong.
“If you have two loaves of bread, keep one to nourish the body, but sell the other to buy hyacinths for the soul.” (Herodotus)
Doing my best, and feeling my worst. I make no pretense to being an “artist” so if you don’t care for these paintings I will understand. But for me one painting is worth 20 Zoloft.
Holding on, with a makeshift easel…it doesn’t matter
May God’s presence come near to you today and may you understand his outlandish love for you.
“Artists are just as important as doctors and nurses. People need nourishing of their souls as well as their bodies; in Navajo culture the word for ‘medicine man’ and the ‘artist’ are one and the same.” (Marni California)