Go On, Bezalel

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“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills…” Exodus 31: 2 & 3.

Go On, Bezalel3Bezalel is kind of an early renaissance man, thousands of years before Brunelleschi, Michelangelo, or Durer.  More importantly he was faithful to God’s design of him as a craftsman.  He was  found worthy to build the design of God concerning the tabernacle and all of its parts.  As a craftsman and artist, it is hard to comprehend anything so significant to my earthly labors as to manifest on earth something that was authored in the very heart and mind of God.  Go On, Bezalel5

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Elizabeth Duffy asked me about influences and progenitors in her interview with me last year.  Here is an excerpt of my response pertaining to Bezalel:  I hope, maybe, to be in the line of Bezalel, who fashioned so much for the tabernacle, making the sacred things that were part of the “technology” of worship of His God for his community. Personally, I couldn’t ask for more than that. Bezalel is valuable as a paradigm of an artisan of broad experience and skill. He could work in many trades and arts with skill worthy of God’s Tabernacle. My good friend reminds me of the value of a man of that breadth of experience and skill in contrast to a culture that places a premium on experts of high degree in a single field. When I wonder if I am hurting myself by embracing so many disciplines, I am grateful for Bezalel and his place in God’s story, and a few other men I have encountered who are champions of excellence in this way.Go On, Bezalel1 The drawing, an imagining of a portion of Bezalel’s tent-workshop, started two or three years ago, finally over the past two months I was able to finish it.  It is composed along the lines of another drawing, Go On, Adam, Breathe.  An potential series of drawings?  The drawing to me feels so limited, compared to the vastness of what could be explored and depicted, as a task to learn about Bezalel, his labors, and his relationship to his God.

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Go On, Obed Edom

For many years the story and name of Obed Edom have struck deeply within me.  His story in the bible is pretty short.  As with many things I have tried to make my work a path into exploring this mystery.  This print is now finished.  To go along with its completion, I have included a song that I wrote a number of years ago of the same subject and with the same goal in mind.  I hope that they are moderately fitting accompaniment to a powerful story and special man who I know very little about.

Obed Edom Print1

“I Chose You, Obed Edom” linocut, 12″x18″, sepia ink on French’s Durotone paper

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eyes and burning “V”, feather, wheat and cedar sprig in his head covering.

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Cherubim and Mercy Seat

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Obed Edom’s right hand

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three birds in his beard

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The Holy Ghost’s wild goose, and sleeping kestrel

A Vessel, Strange and Unknown Finds Walking Man

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A vessel from the earth, strange and unknown, baring forth both blood and fire, finds Walking Man

 When You Spoke, guitar, accordion, banjo, and voice.

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Walking Man, Root

A new drawing of Walking Man with some contextual review.  And a traditional tune called The Gobby-O, played by the skin of my teeth on the tenor banjo, with spoons and guitar.

Walking Man Becomes a Tree

Walking Man Works At Becoming a Tree

The Unmixing of Walking Man

The Unmixing of Walking Man

Walking Man on a boat in the mist

Walking Man on a boat in the mist


Walking Man in the Sea

Walking Man in the Sea

The Comissioning of Walking Man into a Mystery and Problem

The Comissioning of Walking Man into a Mystery and Problem

Walking Man and the Miracle of the Flying Fish

Walking Man and the Miracle of the Flying Fish

Walking Man in the Tunnel of the Ancient

Walking Man in the Tunnel of the Ancient

Walking Man Recovering that which was Lost

Walking Man Recovering that which was Lost

The Legend of Walking Man

The Legend of Walking Man



Walking Man of the Woods and City

Walking Man of the Woods and City

Small History of Flying Fish

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If we set the little paraffin lamp out at night, flying fish were attracted by the light and large and small, shot over the raft…flying fish7

It sometimes happened that we heard an outburst of strong language from a man on deck when a cold flying fish came unexpectedly, at a good speed, slap into his face…

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…They always came at a good pace and snout first, and if they caught one full in the face they made it burn and tingle… flying fish8

But the unprovoked attack was quickly forgiven by the injured party, for with all its drawbacks, we were in a maritime land of enchantment where delicious fish dishes came hurling through the air…flying fish1

We used to fry them for breakfast, and wether it was the fish, the cook or our appetites, they reminded us of fried troutlings once we had scraped the scales off…  Thor Heyerdahl, Kon Tiki, 1950

Flying FishThere is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.  But what are they among so many people?…flying fish4Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all… DSC_0064Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted… flying fish2When they were satisfied, he told, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.”

flying fish3So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets… John 6, 9-13 NRSV

In the dark and unlit ceiling of the Loretta Chapel there is a lonely painting of a chunky fish atop a heavy slab of bread.   At the moment Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa log raft was colliding with a dusty man breaking bread in the grass of Palestine.  The long pilgrim road leading through elder drifts, slabs of rock, mountains of hailstones, unearthly fish with a mouth like a grave.  The sign of Jonah.  Provision comes unlooked for, and fear is weathered away.


Of Past and Future Prints

Plenty of two-dimensional work today:  First, some hand-colored prints of Jacob Wrestling the Angel of God.  A few of these are available if they strike you.  Next, are some studies for a large, 18″ x 12″, lino-cut of Obed Edom.  Finally, a few more prints and drawings.


Four hand-colored Jacobs on the table


Hand-colored Jacob, version 1 (sold)






Hand-colored Jacob, version 2


Evening light (The Golden Corridor)


Hand-colored Jacob, version 3


Obed Edom Studies


I Chose You, Obed Edom (Preparatory drawing for a large scale lino-cut)


Cherubim and Eye


Earlier version of Obed Edom


Obed Edom with a sprig of cedar


head studies

Walking Man Becomes a Tree, sketch for copper-plate engraving

Walking Man Becomes a Tree, sketch for copper-plate engraving


Go On, Job, Bread & Water, for sale on Etsy


Goshen Ewe-Lamb, 3-color lino-cut, for sale on Etsy

Finally and thankfully, I was engaged by the keen and mysterious richness of this astonishing poem , from Tom Hirons yesterday.  As a rule, I generally do not to link to other work here, so Sometimes a Wild God represents an exception.

The Un-mixing of Walking Man

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Detail of The Un-mixing of Walking Man

When I Go Out I Wear a Disguise, banjo, guitar and midi organ and singing

The Unmixing of Walking Man

The Unmixing of Walking Man

drawing table with Walking Man

drawing table with Walking Man