Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Monthly Archives: December 2006

Never Much For New Years…

Never much for the celebrations.

Too moderate in my drinking. Uncomfortable at parties, period. Don’t like kissing other men’s wives. Or having other men kissing mine. Fail to see how much different the 1st is from the 31st.

Then, I get sleepy about 9:30.

I know. I know.


How Many Artists?

Patrick Perez comments:

To address the printmaking issue, I’d point out that photographing and
printing are two vastly different crafts. Excellence at one does not
suggest excellence in the other. Are we to dismiss all prints made by a
professional printmaker that are not the photographer? What about
sample variation? Is one more pure than the other?

As for the
musical analogy, and the previous point, consider Igor Stravinsky’s
Rite of Spring. He considered Toscanini’s recording with the NBC
Orchestra to be the definitive recording, superior to his own
recording. No wonder. Stravinsky was a composer, Toscanini a conducter.
The creator of the beginning of the work is not necessarily the only
one who can make great art from the base material.

powered by performancing firefox

Wild Ducks in the Desert…

A natural pond and wild ducks in the midst of a parched desert land. Hassayampa.



Bravely Awaiting New Year…


Hassayampa full of graphic thoughts…


Psalms, Tea and Snow…

Beth quotes Roger Lipsey on Thomas Merton:

January 22, 1966:

“By mid-afternoon Merton was tired and distracted but psalms and tea and the silence of snow re-ordered everything.”


[from “The Art of Thomas Merton” by Roger Lipsey]

powered by performancing firefox

Back to Beginnings…

In these tight little days before the new year, I plan to try to get this blog back on its wabi-sabi path. Few words. Photos. Pointing beyond themselves.

That’s it. My hope.