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The Artist as a Conduit and Communicator

Written by ShadowMason on March 2nd, 2015

Our old experiences, memories and fears guide us down the present path. It’s not so much that you are the artist; you are the conduit.” ~ Nick Bantock (source)

Image—Wonderful Texture, Wonderful Line

Wonderful Texture, Wonderful Line

For my students, fellow artist, and myself, it is more about the recognition of what we do more and how to explain it rather than how we come by it. Most of my students come to me and I realize that this “art thing” needs less to be taught, but rather the educator needs to create a space where the student/artist can see and understand how to explain the patterns that are seen by the public. For the gift that they bring into the classroom is frequently seen as a natural state of being. It is most frequently accompanied with humility, so the desire to explain the process or the composition is often overlooked and it is assumed to be understood by all. So when the artist is asked to explain their work, it can’t be done.

The process of art allows us to be that path or conduit and what we see and understand often cannot stand on its own to be understood. It is our task to create that bridge.

Bill Hendricks, “ShadowMason”


Quakerism and Art An Evolution.

Written by ShadowMason on March 1st, 2015

Quakers should enter the world of the arts with humility and courage: courage because it is a risk of our certainties. A religion unwilling to take risks shuts out what is creative. Preoccupation with moral integrity is likely to assume that life can be tidied up: that is its goal. In fact, it is because life is essentially untidy that it can be creative.” ~ Kenneth Barnes, 1983 (source)

Evolution and Construction of The Word

Evolution and Construction of The Word

Laying yourself bare… Art for art’s sake… Do I make art for myself or the greater community? Is art that is left in a closet art? I know these all are silly questions but questions that are posed each and every day and it is how we deal with these questions and comments that allow us either to continue to create or convinces us to stop and surrender and mute ourselves forever.

It is my belief just as with Quaker worship, art serves the purpose of opening a pathway to the Light within, Higher Power, or God. Just as Quaker ministry takes courage to open the channel to the Spark that exist within… Allowing the still silent voice to come forth in one’s art takes as much courage because when one is able to articulate and express yourself using the material, visuals, words, and music, you are allowing your ministry to be weighed. It may only be meant for you, it might be meant for the masses, or only those that can hear it because they possess an open heart.

Whatever the case, seek your Light from within… Take courage… For all we are asked is to walk humbly, act justly, and love deeply. One never knows… who is listening even if it is just you.

Produce and be happy,

Bill Hendricks, “Shadowmason”


Fall Semester 2014 Finished… Spring Semester On Its Way

Written by ShadowMason on January 3rd, 2015

When we look outside of that on which we depend we ignore our unity; looking outward we see many faces; look inward and all is one head. If a man could but be turned about, he would see at once God and himself and the All.” ~ Plotinus (source)


Stairway to Heaven—Adirondack

Been absent for a few months… Sorry about that. It was a busy Fall semester for me. At work there is a new administration and I am the department coordinator once again. Also, I have been more active in Friends Meeting. So my plate is full. I have created art and doing photographs online. Still involved in Second Life, so I have been keeping my eye sharp there taking pictures and working on my Photoshop skills. Retirement is getting closer, so eventually I will have all the time I need to shift my attention to doing art full-time.

Mom died last August too. This has been the first holiday without her. Mike and I still are not putting up a Christmas tree in our home and I can hear her voice, her disappointment with us. Dad and I did get out to her grave and placed a wreath. So no tree, but I am hoping she at least sees I do have a bit of the Christmas spirit. She enjoyed the holidays and all that came with it.

Hoping to continue to post these next months… So just know, even if I am not posting the art continues on.

Wishing everyone a great 2015,

Bill Hendricks, “Shadowmason”


Perception and Thought

Written by ShadowMason on July 26th, 2014

Perception and thought are physical processes. Perception is of two sorts, one of the senses, one of the understanding. Perceptions of the latter sort depend only on the things perceived, while those of the former sort depend also on our senses, and are therefore apt to be deceptive.” ~ Bertrand Russell
(2013-04-15). History of Western Philosophy: Collectors Edition (Routledge Classics) (p. 67). Taylor and Francis. Kindle Edition.

Perception and Thought

Perception and Thought

The job of the artist, designer is to incorporate perception and thought to be comprehended as a whole, whether we ever come close to truth I very much doubt. Truth changes as the wind and the times.

Bill Hendricks, Shadowmason


Exploring Ideas and Self

Written by ShadowMason on July 20th, 2014

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
~ Epictetus, (source)

  • Infrared -- Light Unseen
    Infrared -- Light Unseen

Last week Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird was produced and released as an audiobook. It’s amazing to me that such a rich book took so long for someone to see their way clear to create an audio version. As I conduct my examination of truth through art. I am often reminded Atticus’s (Harper Lee’s) words to Scout as she was curled up on his lap. Ms. Lee expressed so well what I fumble around trying to express my ideas about what comprises reality. This is what Atticus told her daughter, “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” This idea evolves around the ideas of perception and the concept of understanding reality and self.

Bill Hendricks, “Shadowmason”