Friday, November 13, 2009

Journal Series: C.S. Lewis thoughts

One of the things I have come to love about the journaling process is the visual form of thinking that it takes. And yet it is not necessarily "refined" thinking, but rather an artistically articulated version of brainstorming.
My friend, poet and artist/calligrapher Laurie Doctor, wrote a poem called "This Work" that describes this process:
This Work *
My friend, the poet,
asked me
what I was doing.
I said, you know,
the visual form
of mumbling, the verbal
version of stumbling.
Leaving my hands
to their own devices,
closing my eyes,
transforming vices
into color and verse.
Saying this work is my prayer.

-Laurie Doctor

During the period in which I was involved in the C.S. Lewis painting, I was working with the quotes and text that I was considering for the final canvas. The pages below reflect some of that "thinking process.
(Click on the images below to enlarge)
I love Lewis for his profound thinking and verbal imagery... in the middle of the first page spread above, kind of hard to read, is the statement that "the world is crowded with Him"... of course I couldn't have that statement be standing on it's own without "crowding" it a bit by writing something across it...

... and the word "awake" really has to reflect having your eyes open, does it not?

As always, some of the text made it onto the painting, some didn't... but the journey to find out what fits is always a rewarding process.

The pages above were written spontaneously with a "Pentel Color Brush" for the gray lettering, and "Pitt marker pens" for the other text on the first page.

A note about Laurie Doctor: Laurie is someone that I would consider a "visual Mystic". Her paintings are infused with a sense of spirituality and discovery. I would highly recommend exploring her work at


  1. C.S. Lewis - profound, YES! And thanks for sharing Laurie Doctor's poem. Intriguing!

    The eyes being awake were so well-done, that it didn't consciously occur to me until I read what you said about it. I find it a challenge to convey a concept without being too literal. Love it!

  2. your calligraphy paintings are treat for the eyes.

  3. Thank you for your generosity as a painter, teacher and friend- it is
    a treat to see your work and your thinking posted here. I look forward to seeing what comes next.