I Don’t Know Where but I Am Going

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)

Art Changes Lives, Photograph by Bill Hendricks

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


A Dream—A Good Start to Any Story

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)

Photo by Bill Hendricks (Shadowmason)

Minneapolis Silos

Don’t buy into the concept of wishful thinking because the concept negates the essence of the dream.

Bill Hendricks, “Shadowmason”


Be Kind… What better advice?

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)

Textures Abounds

Textures Abounds

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”


Sanity… Kinda Boring

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”


Push, Pull, Twist

Written by ShadowMason on May 12th, 2015

No great thing is created suddenly.” ~ Epictetus (source)

Photograph by Bill Hendricks ©2015

Nothing is Created Quickly

“No new paths, no new discoveries… Poke around have some fun. Isn’t that what art is supposed to be?” ~ Bill Hendricks (Shadowmason)


Taking Possession of Space

Written by ShadowMason on May 10th, 2015

As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure.” ~ Susan Sontag (source)

Photograph by Bill Hendricks ©2015

Back Ally

The artist takes you beyond your normal vision, your normal experience, and your normal self. It’s an education in seeing and hearing for both the artist and viewer.

Bill Hendricks, “Shadowmason”


Past Mistakes Enrich Tomorrows

Written by ShadowMason on April 24th, 2015

One piece of wisdom a writer quickly learns ~ typos keep you humble.”
~ E.A. Bucchianeri (source)

Past Mistakes Enriches Tomorrows

Past Mistakes Enrich Tomorrows

Enough said. Isn’t it? ~ Bill Hendricks, “Shadowmason”


Seeing the Full-Spectrum

Written by ShadowMason on April 22nd, 2015

We have all kinds of limitations as human beings. I mean we can’t see the whole electromagnetic spectrum; we can’t see the very small; we can’t see the very far. So we compensate for these shortcomings with technological scaffoldings. The microscope allows us to extend our vision into the micro-sphere.”~ Jason Silva source

an Art Changes Lives image by Bill Hendricks

Full-Spectrum Light

Mr. Silva is a media artist, futurist, philosopher, keynote speaker and TV personality. He continues the quote above saying, “The microscope allows us to extend our vision into the micro-sphere.” I would rather have him say, “This is why society appreciates the arts to make seen the invisible and put the pieces together that exist beyond our senses and comprehension.” For it is the artist that allows us to see the world differently, whether from a different perspective or a more holistic view. The artist helps us make sense of the world.

Bill Hendricks, “Shadowmason”


A Measure of Light

Written by ShadowMason on April 20th, 2015

Daylight is too easy. What I want is difficult: the atmosphere of lamps or moonlight.”~ Edgar Degas (source)

Photo by Art Changes Lives (Dot) COM, Bill Hendricks

A Measure of Light

A measure of light. Most of my work as an artist deals with light qualities and properties of light. Its influence on the subject matter or work depends on the media used, whether an illuminated screen, projected, or printed on a substrate. The quality of light, the white balance whether sunlight, tungsten, or flame figures in the piece. The effects that it produces such as the colors, values, and tones affect the eventual meaning of the work. All of lights properties are considered even those that are outside of the spectrum that the human eye can observe. I can measure it and use it to obscure, illuminate, cast in shadow. I use it as metaphor or fact.

Currently I am studying how light is referred to and is use in the talking about the spiritual realm. I hope that study and its conclusions will eventually present itself in my work as well.