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01 Jul 2008
Art in Art's Time

Art in Art’s Time

The process of creating is not exact. Art occurs in its own time. When you create something, you begin to fall in love with it before it ever exists. The creative process; the thinking, the experimentation, the starting over – all these are part of the joy of artistic endeavor. Sometimes inspiration comes fast and sometimes it comes slow. The trick is to not impose your own expectations on the result. As an artist, you are merely the vehicle for […]

24 Jun 2008
Don't Shoot the Messenger!

Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

When I started learning to paint, I spent a lot of time and energy analyzing what I was doing wrong. I continually focused on what was missing, how the painting wasn’t good enough. Fortunately I had mentors who encouraged me to break free of these negative thoughts and judgments. My work flourished and so did my enjoyment of the process. Over time I have noticed that when I paint, I am completely free. As an artist, I do not ask […]

16 Jun 2008
Berry Smoothie cropped

The Everywhereness of Art

Yesterday I was in the kitchen making a berry smoothie. As usual, I was on the phone, multitasking through my workday. You guessed it – I left the lid off the blender in my haste to do three things at once. Purple goo flew everywhere, including all over me. My first reaction was irritation at my own mistake. Quickly, the artist within me began to transform my interpretation of the situation, and I started admiring the colors and patterns that […]

09 Jun 2008
Maelstrom

From the Easel of Ralph White

We all know that life has its complexities. We constantly sort through the world’s demands and possibilities, making choices as to where to focus our attention and ability. At times, the abundance of options can overwhelm us, causing us to retreat from life’s playing field. In Maelstrom, I strive to deconstruct these challenges, to gain perspective on them as individual threads in life’s vast fabric. It is in these moments of choice that we discover possibilities. If we identify the […]

02 Jun 2008
Galleries Symbolic

Symbolic: The Union of Creativity

Each of us has an identity, a collection of unique qualities that embodies who we are. As we go through life, we strive not only to define our own identity, but to connect with others who share our perspective. We search for moments that feel authentic and real, that speak to who we are and what we believe. We gravitate toward images and symbols that resonate with our spirit. A symbol is a common expression of a heartfelt belief. Symbols […]

26 May 2008
Tears of the Sun

Tears of the Sun: Our Emotional Universe

Indian political strategist and writer Chanakya once wrote, “The earth is supported by the power of truth; it is the power of truth that makes the sun shine and the winds blow; indeed all things rest upon truth.” What is your truth? Do you embrace it or run from it? Just as the sun is the source of all energy and life, our soul is the center of our emotional universe. The health of the soul dictates how we react […]

16 May 2008
Ascension

Ascension: The Raising of the Human Spirit

Mother Teresa once said, “We are all pencils in the hands of God.” Out of our broken lines and rough edges, despite our smudges and stains, our spirits resonate like the most beautiful hues and textures imaginable. We are glorious works in progress. Ascension is one of my Flow paintings from 2007. I have always been interested in painting multiple moments in time. Ascension explores the raising of the human spirit, the elevation that comes from transformation. This moment is […]

12 May 2008
Flock

Flock: The Eternal Rite of Spring

Take a look around you. What do you see? Spring has sprung. Everything is in full bloom (those with allergies are acutely aware). All around, the themes are new life and rebirth. Flock is my tribute to this eternal rite of Spring. The dawn of life, the birth of color and the renewal of the spirit all come to life in this energetic work. Notice the universal image of the triumvirate father, mother and child seen through these figures of […]

05 May 2008
Aurora

Aurora: The Divine Relationship Between Earth and Sky

Nature is a frequent inspiration for my paintings. Whenever I find myself wondering what to paint, I never have to look far to find something intriguing in the world outside my window. I am forever fascinated with the beauty and power of the original creation, and the challenge of expressing my human reaction to this amazing design is both humbling and enlightening. In Aurora, I celebrate the eternal bond between earth and sky, and seek to blur the boundaries between […]

23 Apr 2008
Volcanic Rain

From the Easel of Ralph White

An earthquake rattles the Midwest. Experts predict the “big one” will hit sometime within the next 30 years. Floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis can strike with little or no warning and change our lives forever. A natural disaster is no respecter of persons. No country or community is immune to devastation. We don’t always have the luxury of time to discover what may or may not be visible. Sometimes, we have but a fleeting moment to look now before […]