Family matters . . .
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”
Public Art at Hope Hospice . . .
Public Art Works Recipient
Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island
1085 North Main Street
Providence, Rhode Island
Dates: April-June, 2019
Opening Reception: TBA
Only once in your life . . .
“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colors seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible...”
Black and Blue . . .
This, is everything . . .
Yesterday she was a park ranger, today she is fully dilated and ready to give birth to a new generation. This, is everything.
“The world is in me and you are not even in the world yet.”
~Warren Eyster, The Goblins of Eros
As I Am . . .
“I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
One world is aware, and by the far the largest to me, and that is myself,
And whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness, I can wait.”
The Process . . .
”We all begin the process before we are ready, before we are strong enough, before we know enough; we begin a dialogue with thoughts and feelings that both tickle and thunder within us. We respond before we know how to speak the language, before we know all the answers, and before we know exactly to whom we are speaking.”
~Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Examine . . .
“If you wish to learn from the theoretical physicist anything about the methods which he uses, I would give you the following piece of advice: Don't listen to his words, examine his achievements. For to the discoverer in that field, the constructions of his imagination appear so necessary and so natural that he is apt to treat them not as the creations of his thoughts but as given realities.”
Dear Friends . . .
We are a group of artists committed to the continued operation of studio space formerly occupied by our friend and mentor, the late artist David A. Lang. Located on Washington Ave. in Natick, MA, the studio occupies part of the ground floor of the town’s last remaining pre-Civil War era shoe factory.
We intend to preserve this working artist studio—a portion of which will be dedicated to showcasing David’s amazing kinetic sculptures—with hopes of it becoming a shared space for people working in all forms of art. Our mission is to carry forward David’s love of fostering community by having artists and collaborators exchange ideas, knowledge, and tools.
Our goal to raise $15,000 will cover the cost of maintaining the space for at least one year as we work toward earning non-profit status.
We hope that you can help us in this endeavor by contributing whatever you are able.
With thanks and gratitude,
David Lee Black
Ireland . . .
Nothing says Ireland like a pub that is only open once per year at an ancient horse fair and a lad tries to ride his pony into the front door with the help of a pint of two!