Written by ShadowMason on June 13th, 2015
“I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” ~ Carl Sandburg (source)
I find it interesting how we investigate the ancient past and stand in wonder and stare up at the columns and arches of Rome, marvel at the walls of Knossos, gape at the pages of Gutenberg’s Bible, but never see nor appreciate the toil of men of the near past, the appreciation for the Everyman. We look for the new stimulus of the newest sensation. It is hard for us to celebrate the Everyman… Until we can really see, we will be contributor’s of unfair wages, under appreciated workers, and members of the throw away society.
It only takes a very short study of my images to understand what they are about; the appreciation of those that travelled before us and the celebration of the mystery of our presence. In short, a study of people moving, travelling, living knowing only they were on their way. Hoping and praying for the best that could be achieved and understanding fate may intervene.
Bill Hendricks, Shadowmason
Written by ShadowMason on May 25th, 2015
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.”
~ Langston Hughes (source)
Don’t buy into the concept of wishful thinking because the concept negates the essence of the dream.
Bill Hendricks, “Shadowmason”
Written by ShadowMason on May 18th, 2015
If we don’t plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don’t have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don’t have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.”
~ Maya Angelou (source)
Be kind… Great advice. Yes, be kind to your colleagues, your family, friends, and passers-by but I think it is most important to be kind to yourself. Be kind to yourself in actions, thoughts, and words because without kindness love can’t bloom and without love creativity wilts and dies.
Bill Hendricks “Shadowmason”
Written by ShadowMason on May 14th, 2015
Sanity is a cozy lie.” ~ Susan Sontag (source)
In the Trainyard
How sane does the artist need to be? Shouldn’t they be a bit off to look at the world differently and courageously? I know for myself, not off enough to create a new path, but off enough to allow me to think creatively and not to accept the conventional. I guess the gift I do have is to be observant and be fascinated with what I see. To see the exceptional in the ordinary.
Challenge yourself to pay attention to the ordinary… And see the extraordinary.
~ Bill Hendricks “Shadowmason”