The Aspiration of The Artist



English: “The Moselle near Schengen at the Drailännereck”, oil painting by Luxembourg artist Nico Klopp, 1924. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From a deep well comes a certain longing.  It is for a distant horizon, dimly remembered, portending a certain clarity.  The striving for a transcendental, gives flesh and meaning to the concreteness of everyday reality.  For the artist is always seeking something more, be it in a painting, a song, or a poem.

What is the aspiration of the artist?   This question is as old as the hills, and as new as the as the latest blog post.  Timeless in form, yet essential in delineation, the artist strives to enter into the conversation of life, the river of connection that daily engulfs our lives.  Connection is key, for the moment dialogue is engaged, the artist enters into her element, and the creative flow arises naturally.  This is a given.

Perhaps in this new year, 2015, we can assess the realities before us.  A fact is still a fact, yet a dramatization can yield rich metaphors of meaning.  Hence, a realm of poetry is entered, a landscape of vivid portrayal, giving fresh impetus to the artist’s innate desire to create.  Yet, it is the conversation that gives meaning, the open knowledge that someone has seen our work, and that someone understands and appreciates it.

This is why, we at Lavender Turquois, curate the best, most interesting and liveliest of the vast offerings present to us in the WordPress domain.  This is our calling, and we hope your enjoy our effort.  For it is entering into the conversation, the element of mutual appreciation and dialog that comes with sincere effort, that is the true aspiration of the artist.

Writing as Sacrament: Frederick Buechner

Originally posted on Princeton Comment:

Surely I am the only writer at this week’s Frederick Buechner writers’ workshop who had never heard of Frederick Buechner until nBuechnerow. More than 200 other writers are attending the four-day workshop at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Even without the event, Buechner had enough Princeton connections for me to write about him here. He graduated from Lawrenceville School  in 1943 and, after a hiatus for military service, from Princeton University in 1948.

Virtually all the other attendees, mostly clergy or retired clergy, are avid fans of Buechner, who influenced several generations of seminarians. One attendee described him as an American C.S. Lewis. Buechner did not achieve Lewis’s phenomenal popularity, yet somebody found the money to establish a Frederick Buechner Institute, based in Tennessee at Kings College.

Belatedly curious, I wondered how the attention to Buechner is being funded. As a business reporter, I feel impelled to answer that question. The…

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Been Here All Along

Originally posted on Harris Creek Baptist Church:

Currently, we are knee deep in the story of Joseph with our summer sermon series, “The Dreamer.” I hope you all are connecting with this seriesand drawing meaningful takeaways for your own life by studying Joseph’s.

During this seriesGod has been speaking to me in really powerful ways through the life of Joseph, but even before we began this series it was almost as if He hasbeen preparing my heart for this series as well. A little over a month or so ago, Frederick Buechner’s twitter account tweeted this quote:

“It is not objective proof of God’s existence that we want but the experience of God’s presence.” – Frederick Buechner

As we study Joseph’s life and all the twists and turns he experiences, it seems this might be the very question Joseph would be asking during his time in prison. But we don’t see Joseph doing that. We…

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The Questions that Transform Me

Originally posted on j.l. sanborn:

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“We tend to lose track of the questions about things that matter always, life-and-death questions about meaning, purpose, and value. To lose track of such deep questions as these is to risk losing track of who we really are in our depths and where we are really going.”  Frederick Buechner, Listening to Your Life

Questions can be magical. The right kind of question can change the world, or at least your own heart, which is where all lasting transformation and redemption must start.

A good question is an invitation. Asking another person an honest, gentle, open question invites that person to be seen and heard. When we allow another person’s story to lay bare in the space between us, our hearts open up, maybe just a little bit–stretching to embrace the story, which includes the soul telling it.

The best questions–the kind of questions that can change your life–aren’t…

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Cultivating Curiosity

Originally posted on Lisa Sorensen:

9 June 2015

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.   Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”   ~ Albert Einstein

I have a tendency to rush right to an answer when I’m time pressured.  Too often I feel a need to know because I’ve hinged my self worth on getting it right.  In the interests of efficiency, I’m tempted by the listicle with five simple steps.  Sometimes I’m still looking for the Cliff notes on life.

Usually, I find an answer when I charge toward one.  Sometimes that’s perfect.  But there’s a lot to be said for bypassing the short cut and taking the longer way around.

Lately, I’ve been thinking less about the answers and focusing more on the questions.  Asking myself, what matters the most here — what is already known?  Or what is still undiscovered?

We are born naturally inquisitive.  Scientists cultivate curiosity.  So do…

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Reading Rilke’s “The Swan” … Feast on Your Life …

Originally posted on Beguine Again:

I think it was Borges who used to remind us that poetry began as an oral tradition and that in these days of print it is still meant to be read out loud. This hit home for me recently when a friend recorded one of my poems and another read a work of mine at a funeral service.  Even though I had birthed the poems they read, the work gained new dimension for me in the delivery of these good poets with their different styles of delivery. Some people simply have a special gift – not only for writing poetry – but for reading it out loud. One such – a favorite – is English poet, David Whyte. In the video below Whyte recites and interprets Rilke’s The Swan and Walcott’s Love After Love. Though you may have read these two much-loved poems many times, I think you’ll find they’ve gained a new depth for you and a new joy after hearing David…

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True Love II – New Painting

Originally posted on Mish Mash Art:

A few months ago I was commissioned to do a painting inspired by the poem called ‘The True Love’ written by David Whyte. If you haven’t already seen and read about the first ‘True Love’ painting I did – you gotta check it out – its such a touching story —> TRUE LOVE I.

I had originally created two sketches for my client at that time and she chose the sketch with the boat. However, I knew I wanted to make the other sketch into a painting one day as well and so awhile ago I started working on it. Then other projects came up, things got in the way and it wasn’t until today that I picked the piece up again and finished it off. Collage
The poem includes references to the Scottish Hebrides and so this new painting is inspired from various photographs I’ve seen of those lovely coastlines.


This painting…

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