Starts with a Walk, then a photograph.

Starts with a Photograph, a set of images I created over the past few years. There are a few that I took on my walk to Minneapolis Community Technical College. 

Some of you know that I am recreating this blog, so people have seen some of the images, but there are new ones, too. I hope you enjoy it. 

I call this image the Tunnel of Light: a sun, a tree, and a lake. Sun is brilliant coming through the branches of the tree.
Tunnel of Light — Hendricks©2023

While working this month on my Labyrinthine/Labyrinth in Second Life, I discovered Jorge Luis Borges, an author, poet, and philosopher (1899 – 1986) born in Argentina. I used a quote from him in my last post. He wrote a short story that I am still digesting, a short story he wrote. The Library of Babel was published in the book The Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges.

I read the first few words and was hooked to read more of this man’s works.

The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings. From any of the hexagons one can see, interminably, the upper and lower floors. The distribution of the galleries is invariable. 
~ Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel, 1941

Post Openings on SLEA (4SW)

The Labyrinthine/Labyrinth opened
on November 15, 2023

The worst Labyrinth is not that intricate form that can entrap us forever, but a single and precise straight line.
~ Jorge Luis Borges (Author, The Library of Babel)

I termed the first party or opening a quiet opening the first hour of silence… Voice and music were turned off for the parcel; the only sounds were the chimes of Tibet chimes being rung as avatars walked through the hallways. During the second hour, DJ Sheperd played music that was both peaceful and still provided the installation’s visitors with a musical journey in the center dome. It attracted a small crowd. Quiet is not one of Second Life’s suits. I did enjoy sharing it with my visitors and friends.

A poetic drawing was used for my invitation to the quiet opening on Nov 15, 2023. It is of a tree, and the drawing is inverted. The white is now black.
The Invitation to the Labyrinthine, November 15, 2023

The Labyrinthine/Labyrinth second opening party was held on November 22, 2023

Poster for the second party at the  Labyrinthine/Labyrinth. Friends from Brotherly Love, Exile, and a dance club moved their weekly party to the labyrinth's center.
Exile on Exile—> to SLEA (4SW), the Labyrinth

This was a well-attended party and celebration  DJ Tomtom, from Köln, Germany. Second Life is a global community. The music was great and everyone had fun. 

I am planning a Zoom tour soon. I will be announcing soon. 

SLEA Labyrinth –> Procrastination

Why am I procrastinating?

“We don’t abandon our pursuits because we despair of ever perfecting them.” — Epictetus (the Daily Stoic)

SLEA Labyrinth as of 11-13-23, created by Bill Hendricks / Tap Quentin for Second Life Endowment for the Arts Grant.
Choices, Investigation, and Perfectionism

I am currently working on completing this project for my grant, but confronting self-doubt. The self-doubt I find is almost as hard to overcome as the desire for perfection and overthinking. 

One Sketch; Two Paths

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.


One Sketch; Two Paths was an exploration using two different approaches and two different media, as Bill Hendricks worked on them simultaneously.
One Sketch; Two Paths

Living up to Expectations—My Own. :P

Art and Fear

What separates artists from ex-artists is that those who challenge their fears, continue; those who don’t, quit. Each step in the artmaking process puts that issue to the test.”
― David Bayles, Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

Besides my grant project, I have been finding all sorts of things to do and work on. Somewhere I read, start with the small, easy things. I like that idea.  

Fear of messing it up and fearing something does not up to my own expectations or how it will be judged, I think, confronts all artists.I read this book, Art and Fear, a long time ago. Milton Glaser, an artist I love, told me that is bullshit. Not so many words… but I got the idea so did my students.

Posting is one of my distractions, and so is creating this image. 

An image created by Bill Hendricks a photo of mine that I had fun creating.
Greeting Card — October 14, 2023 (My Distraction),          Hendricks©2023