In the joy we share, in the beauty of existence, we praise our existence and thus our creator.
From Psalms 98
98 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
2 The Lord has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
8 Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
9 before the Lord, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
That which we create of joy and love reflects our love of life. Street Art fills many purposes, and while I do not endorse vandalism, graffiti can be beautiful. In some places, such as Leuven, areas for graffiti exist, such as this wall. The wall was scheduled for demolition, but the sections of graffiti were to be kept.
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell what is graffiti and what is commissioned artwork, as on this wall in Brussels.
Or at this train station outside Antwerp
This is one of my favorite pieces in Leuven, right across from the Bus station
And while those little stickers that you see everywhere can be annoying, this one, inside the Herge museum in Brussels is apropos, although I don’t think many people notice it.
Street art is not always graffiti, it can be music, or as in this work in progress I came across in Manchester England, it can be three dimensional. The finished work looked like a dog resting at the curb.
My youngest son, Nolan, began his artistic career doing graffiti, and has moved on to making graffiti style prints. He operates a gallery in Huntsville AL, at Flying Monkey arts center. His gallery, Beautiful but Strange, has been in operation for a couple of years, and his work ranges from eccentric sculptures to prints and postcards.
I have always had an “unconventional” appearance, I have a penchant for hats and often wear a beret. It is not unusual for people to ask me if I am an artist. My standard response is “Everyone is an artist, we just work in different media”.