boatman view

dust   view   thought



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             as an artist may imagine

Studio Right Brain


In So Many Words 


I had an idea once, and wanted to talk about it. 


Our ability to create, to express in our languages and in our writings an understanding of meanings and the meaning of ideas, defines us as human beings.  Nothing else in creation, none other of God’s creatures, ever has an idea.  They have no clue. 


When talking ideas with a non-human, you have to start with explaining an idea.  Non-humans have no idea what an idea is.  Within the thinnest most precise slice of time, we see the idea is that before the mind as one thinks.  Ideas soon to be seen, we see ideas, in our mind, as representational images, or as embryonic concepts or lingering in abstract just before appearing as image.  Think about it. 


Thinking about it, we all have delivered, and witnessed others delivering, an idea in reflex, a spontaneous babble of words, spoken without thinking or any deliberate reflection.  I plead guilty at times, and may be at this moment. 

Sometimes, a speaker or performer seems doomed from the get go.  Too much information, too much dialogue to present at one time, we just feel compelled to paint the big picture, to tell the whole story.  We labor to convince our audience, listeners for only a moment, with big gobs of scene, data or logic, when a pretty snapshot would do. 


As listeners we tend to dismiss, you know, tune out, and quickly forget even accurate and rational presentations that, in our attention-spanned opinion, are too lengthy.  Speaking is actually easier than listening.  Actually listening is not easy.  Try listening sometime and you will hear what I mean. 


Each artist, each painter, sculptor, conference speaker or stage performer, must create their message with care to have their work endure and be appreciated.  As brilliant simplicity seems to work best, we can save our abstract ideas for a different canvas.


Brief, simple but profound wording that relates to current understanding, like ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’, and ‘Be a friend to have a friend’, is clear, to the point and easy to embrace.  When we say we are putting our heart into our work, we are talking about feelings.  Express the idea, paint and tell your credible story with emotion for people to take interest and respond.  They will.  They have no choice.  They are human beings, thirsting in travel to the next idea. 



between us we have only words



with the dawn

we just want

to celebrate another day of life

another day of living  


as an artist may imagine

Studio Right Brain