Thursday, September 30, 2021

2021 Artist Nominees for Best of the Net

As the editor of Artist Watch, the monthly column at the online international arts magazine Escape Into Life, I have the opportunity and privilege to nominate three artists for the 2021 Best of the Net anthology, with gratitude to Sundress Publications for offering this award series! Nominees' work must have been published between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. Please join me in congratulating the nominees.

Please click the links below to view each column with the work for which the artists have been nominated:

   Dan Reisner, "George Floyd", Bronze (Photo: Ron Kedmi)

Artist Watch, Dan Reisner, May 20, 2021

Hansa, "Madonna del Mare Nostrum (Or, Cloak of Love)", Oil on Canvas

Artist Watch, Hansa (Hans Versteeg),  April 15, 2021



Adrienne Stein, "Earth I", Oil on Linen

Artist Watch, Adrienne Stein,  July 16, 2020

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Thought for the Day

Poems are really good at being uncertain.
Tweets, not so much.
~ Kaveh Akbar

Quoted from "The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat With Kaveh Akbar," The Rumpus, August 31, 2021

Kaveh Akbar, Iranian-American Poet and Scholar; Author, Pilgrim Bell, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, and Portrait of the Alcoholic; Poetry Editor, The Nation

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Thought for the Day

[The] art of life is the art of community [. . .]
where the readiness to engage actively on behalf
of the common good takes precedence over the success
of one's own demands and over group interests.
~ Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger

Quoted from Frank Lothar Hossfeld and Erich Zenger, Psalms 3: A Commentary on Psalms 101-150, Hermeneia (Fortress Press, 2011), page 479

Frank Lothar Hossfeld, Professor of Old Testament, University of Bonn, Germany; Author

Erich Zenger, Professor of Old Testament, University of Munster, Germany; Author

Thursday, September 16, 2021

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life


Malachite Muse, 2021
Oil on Linen, 80 cm x 80 cm
© Elise Macdonald
Today's new Artist Watch at the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life showcases the gorgeous paintings of Elise Macdonald, currently a resident of South Africa. 

Elise, who paints every day and has created online a remarkable following around the world, studied art of the University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, which awarded her a bachelor's degree in fine art. In no time, her experimentations with airbrush painting brought her success. Following time off for parenthood, Elise returned to painting with oils and brushes. Her work sells out within days of completion.

This month's Artist Watch features seven of Elise's paintings, her Artist Statement, and a brief profile.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Thought for the Day

Love sees what is invisible.
~ Simone Weil

Quoted from Simone Weil, Waiting for God (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2009), page 149

Simone Weil (1909-1943), French Religious Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, Dramatist, Social Critic, Political Activist

"The Question of God", Public Broadcasting Service

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Thought for the Day

It is hard work to live into this generative love, and it is
what we are made for: to paint light into darkness, to sing
in co-creation, to take flight in abundance.
~ Makoto Fujimura 

Quoted from Makoto Fujimura, "Find God in the Arts: A Theology of Making" at Center for Action and Contemplation, August 18, 2021

Makoto Fujimura, Artist, Writer and Author 

Makoto Fujimura, Art and Faith: A Theology of Making (Yale University Press, 2021)