Sunday, September 20, 2009

These two paintings will be shown at Augen Gallery in portland in October 2009 as part of their exhibit of artists in the gallery who teach at Pacific Northwest College of Art, this year celebrating 100 years as an art school.

Map of Where You Go June-Sept 09

On any map, the focal points are where you are and where you want to get to.

Breakfast out for many friends and families. Most of the plates cleared, Saraah, age 7? 8?, asked me my name. She wrote my name and hers on her paper and handed it to me. "Thank you! What a nice drawing!" "It’s not a drawing, it’s a map!" she admonished. "Oh! A map of where?" Indignant now: "Of where you go!"

Instantly enlightened, I questioned no more.

Pavilion in Summer Mountains June-Aug 09

Ink play. We’ve all done that, way back to the Tang dynasty, and my hero, Sôtatsu (one of many heroes) did crazy things with it. What you make of it tells the tale. Oh, and then there are the Gothic brocades which seem to cover every centimeter of creation: the people, the floor, the space. Mind everywhere. Attention to detail; God's mind everywhere. We went to the Summer Mountains, bright and hot and strong and all of life and all of her mosquitoes welcomed us. We could build a little place on the lake, go there, sing and paint.


  1. Jef, I enjoy your writing too.

  2. what you make of it tells the tale. mind everywhere.

    this looks good, j. welcome. welcome to the blogosphere.

  3. Beautiful piece. I can certainly see the oriental influence.

  4. Jef,
    The storied descriptions illuminate the paintings and challenge viewers to conjure up their own sense of delight while viewing your mystical work. You are an inspiration to lots of folks. We’ll all be looking forward to your blog postings

  5. love Map of Where You Go and the story behind it.

  6. looking forward to seeing these pieces in person at Augen, reading more insights and stories/tales.

  7. "A map of where you go...."

    Out of the mouths of babes.

    Or as we used to say, "Keep on truckin'"

  8. Hi Jef, thank you for the Blog invite. I enjoyed reading the poetic descriptions of your images. The words are reminiscent of Wendell Berry's sentiments. Your inclusion of Berry's homage to sacred places is a thought provoking statement and it leads me to think that a sacred or desecrated place is the result of one's intention. Definitely some fodder here! Renee z.