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Seeing is Believing

This year we have experienced  a total eclipse, extremely destructive hurricanes and massive wild fires that many people associate with God’s judgement. Human beings often view all phenomena through a religious lens. An aspect of this is frequent discoveries of miraculous religious images in natural phenomena like this one that described a Houston family that […]

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Art Preferences

I agree with the old saying that art is in the eye of the beholder. In fact, most of the power of the work lies with the viewer. The artist has a concept and uses the materials to express it, but the viewer brings his or her temperament, experience, mood, and expectations to the reading […]

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Media Adds Meaning

This week, my son sent me a news story he had come across about a Chinese artist who uses cut paper for cutting edge (pun intended) artworks. It made me think about how artists choose and use materials for expressive purposes. Cut paper is a traditional media in native cultures on both hemispheres and above […]

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Originality Once Again

On May 6th I went to the final concert for the 2011-2012 season of Voices of Change in Dallas. The program was preceded by a lecture by the guest composer Claude Baker and then selections of his were performed by professional musicians. Baker described his influences and his training. He said that his work is […]

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Assessment Criteria

When we look at an artwork we decide whether it is good or not. We do that based on what we know and how we feel. There is a big difference between “that looks good to me” and “that’s good”. When you say that something is good you need to explain what criteria you are […]

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