Save Stored Energy Until We Need It

There is a strong behavioral tradition, sometimes considered religious, sometimes considered “mystical”:  it always involves singing, dancing, prayer, until you get yourself worn out.  At that point, you ought to be healed.   “Tradition” is key: different traditions for different cultures, all of which indicate:
We have to work as hard as we can until we are worn out.
We have to recognize that, on our own, we haven’t succeeded.
We have to ask for help.

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Modeling for Miniatures

This post was written following a workshop on sculpting miniatures taught by Paris Alexander at The Artspace in Raleigh, NC in Summer 2010.
“I have three of you on my kitchen table in blue.”  Over the last month I have been having a new experience:  I have been making clay sculptures of two people:  three of a woman, and two of a man:  both of whom I have drawn pictures of before.
Making a miniature offers the same problem that making a monument does,

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What If I Don’t Fit

At the end of my fourth year in the seminary where I was studying to become a priest, the rector brought me to his office, and told me that I would have to leave, because people in a parish would find me uncomfortable to be with.  His judgment devastated me, chiefly because he was letting me know that my “not fitting” was somehow wrong. 

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“I Feel Pretty”

It seems reasonable to suppose that most people who choose to model for artists begin with a feeling that they are worthwhile to look at.  This is true, but not necessarily in a way that is evident either to the model or to the artists who work with them. 

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Real Relationships

Over the past weeks, my wife, Beth and I have watched a few movies which portray relationships of various kinds.

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