Monday, June 20, 2016

A Sabbattical Year, partly disrupted

J's Jesus

A decision early last year to hold a sabbattical was very easy. The hand of God had put me in a postion that hardly allowed me to work on art projects. So, I set it aside. There were only a few "disruptions", like 'The Star of Bethlehem', then at the end of the term I finished a commission for a Catholic brother.

I was commissioned to do a painting about someone particular with red hair, but I choose Jesus on the cross with His hair red from blood. I took an unfinished painting which was an attempt to come up with a Christmas theme a few years back for a different purpose, but had turned out to be more a crucifixion and ascension scene. It was right thou for this purpose. It is amazing how failed work is set aside for a later purpose and becomes a perfect fit!

In addition thou I did a prayer box, a decorated shoe box that happened to be his shoe size and it included a decorated bible, two crosses and a devotional that I called 'Sword Of The Spirit' and the cover image shows a butterfly shape and a sword. The devotional is a set of 30 mostly flowery paintings, size 5" x 8"  and 30 inspirational verses glued to the back and it is sandwiched between two cartons with a zig-zag edge.

When I delivered the commission, he said 'you made my year'. Well, wasn't me who did that, but was the Holy Spirit.

J's Prayer Box


The Law is the Law.
I desire Mercy and not Sacrifice.
Hosea 6:6
The Ultimate Meaning
of God's Law is Mercy.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."Mat 11:28-30 NIV

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Friday, December 25, 2015

Star of Bethlehem

A piece for a reenactment of the story of the magis following a star towards the house of David where a king was born.

The King has come.
“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built.” 
"But you, O Bethlehem Ephratah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth forme one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from old, from ancient days.."
"The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.. "

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the shadow of death a light has dawned.” 

“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” 

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Our Creator gave us a very unique gift, creativity. While we can not create anything from nothing, He gave us everything to create off Him.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Death - Destruction - Destiny

A site specific installation for the Carroll University Catalyst Project

In May of 2014 Carroll University in Waukesha called artists to create site-specific installations at their Maxxon building for a final artistic celebration before it would be torn down to make space for a new building. Artists could pick a room, hallway or nooks and go to work.

The event coincided with a time when I had lost my dog Buddy of 12 years and I felt that there was something similar between these events. I added to the project a new start and moved with all my painting and sculpting materials into one of the rooms and work there for three day until time expired and the Maxxon party began. I also decided to simulate a catastrophic event to my studio, and to I grab after the party what I could hold in my hands and get out of there and not look back.

From my previous research of the Waukesha past I know that the Carroll area had several effigy mounds form an age that predated the Pottawatomie, Menominee and all other native “Nations”.

So I had a personal death to digest, an upcoming demolition of a building, and remnants of an ancient civilization that is dead for many hundreds or even thousands of years. But also I had to come to terms with how will it be without a Buddy, that want to go for his walk every morning and every evening every day in the year, rain or shine, sun or snow, below or above?
Where did the mound builders end up? What will happen in the new building? These were the thoughts and questions that I worked through in these three days.

I brought Charley's (Darwin) boom box. The radio is still working and the CD player too. It has a CD with Kirk Franklin's Revolution. I labeled where to push for a revolution.


Teaching area – Experimenting area

I brought my battery operated Eclectic Chair 

Teaching Les Paulology. 
Exploring the past and connecting pasts with each other. Various guitar designs in the shape of Wisconsin mounds. Somebody had started the chalk board with a bottle “Sunny D – Taste the Power of the Sun, Praise The ….”

Teaching Virtual Geography
Carroll U mounds filled with storage media over plats.

Teaching Artology.
The science of mixing paint and materials in glass containers in search of artistic building materials for the mounds.

Mound designs for Buddy in various locations.

Snack table with Mom's Gourmet