Documenting, Drawing, and a bit of Photographing

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

Mark Twain, Rescue Time

Light through the Tree, Hendricks © 2021, Digital Work

Currently, I am updating my sites and documenting work I have completed over the years while teaching at Minneapolis Community Technical College. After earning my MFA, at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, students, technology, family, friends, and my Quaker community dominated my life. 

While those activities captured most of my attention, I was producing work. I didn’t have time to display or share my work as frequently as I would like. So now I am working to document it and display it. Apple Photo and other apps didn’t do me much favor. Many original finals are lost, but enough can be found that I am able to create digital galleries. 

Today I created a new page to share with all—

“Seeing is Believing”, a series of photo impressionistic work I have produced.

Currently drawing more… mostly surrealistic work. That will be the next gallery I will work to create. 

Seeing is Believing?

“Wondrous as it is, our sense of vision is clearly not without certain limitations. We can no more see radio waves emanating from our electronic devices then we can spot the wee bacteria right under our noses.”

Adam Hadhazy, 27th July 2015
What are the limits of human vision?


‘Photo Impressionism — Hendricks’

Recent Work

An Icy Morning

Seeing the World Upside

A Long Path

Burst of Color


Burst of Color 2

Brooklyn Bridge


Central Park


Wrinkles in Nature

Untitled or Titled

“I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.”

Jackson Pollock The Healing Power of Art and Artist

Created, Hendricks©2021, 5″x 5″, work on paper, mixed media

Titling a work is hard… In the past frequently titled a work only to retitled it later when I have exhibited the work. To me, that underscores that work does have a life of its own. The meaning changes as times, culture, viewers’ experiences change. I guess the artist’s experience changes too.
This work is my latest, inspired by both the Greek myths and the book “Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch.  I settled on the title-Created. I think it could be Losing it too. Maybe soon, I will think of another. 

A great article in The New Republic, Art with No Name, by Ruth Bernard Yeazell, discusses why many untitled works were produced in the 18th Century. As it examines the subject, it brings forward as art becomes more mobile that the need to title a piece increases to provide an entrée into the work.

Titling, as E. H. Gombrich has observed, “is a by-product of the mobility of images”; and before the rise of the art market, the growth of public exhibitions, and the development of the reproductive print, the mobility of images was distinctly limited.

Show up… Good Lesson

“Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get the work done. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you’re not going to make an awful lot of work.”

Chuck Close, 101 Quotes for Artist that need Inspiration

Hendricks © 2021, Confusion, 5″ x 5″, mixed media

Show up… An Advice for me.
I took a bit of a break from drawing. Mike and I are snow-birding in San Diego. The weather has been great; while not drawing, I am working in Second Life. I am enjoying that digital world. Art is still front and center, and my work seems to be expanding but yet following a path. I am surprised myself by the direction.
After deliberately studying color, color is slowly growing and being more prevalent in the images. The colors I am using are very limited, which is a problem, and puzzle. The Micron pens are available in green, ultra-blue, orange, brown, blue, purple, black, sienna, and red. I think I chose a very odd media.
I am convinced that I will not be seeking a gallery to show or sell my work. The body of work is building, but there are so many artists technically and express themselves so much clearer, but I do like documenting my work.
Happily, I began this blog and avoided investing a lot of time building a <a href=\”\” data-type=\”URL\” data-id=\”\”>MnArtist, Walker Art Center</a> site. After many, many years, they are changing the focus and intent of this site. Sadly, many of these artists are losing years of blogging and expressing their ideas. I don’t think the Walker Art Center gave this enough thought. I believe it disrespected the artist that provided much content to this site and institution.

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