The Philosophical Light around my Window

Studio Eidolons on a Winter Morning

“And the philosophical light around my window is now my joy; may I be able to keep on as I have thus far!”

Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin, letter written December 2, 1802

Temperatures have risen to the twenties in north central Texas, but are expected to remain below freezing today as well. Texas, while perennially boasting of its energy supremacy, has become a third world country for millions this past week. We’ve been fortunate. Why, I don’t know. Hundreds of my friends who live in this same region have been without electricity for over 72 hours now, many of them without water as well.

Our neighborhood streets remain as icy sheets overlaid with several inches of snow. Fortunately, we have not had to drive, and have chosen not to for this entire week. Quality time spent in Studio Eidolons has been refreshing to me, and the Hölderlin quote above has fit my temperament. The past week has been spent mulling over writings from Heidegger, Hölderlin, Rilke and Robert Henri. All of them have filled me with a fresh vision as we prepare to open a new chapter for The Gallery at Redlands on March 20.

I finished this painting last night, and happily, it has already found a home. I already have plans for the next one and may be able to begin it later today. The first part of today has been dedicated to tidying up Studio Eidolons–I’m embarrassed that desk and drafting table spaces have become cluttered and unworkable. So much to file, throw away and put away. But it will all pay dividends.

More later. Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.


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