words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

2011

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Images For Android Phones: New Landscapes – 06.07.12

Images For Android Phones: New Landscapes - 06.07.12

it’s raining outside
– like colors
and things
with shapes
i haven’t seen

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January 21. 2012. 05:59 PM (A Heavenly Slideshow Remix)

2011 and now 2012 promises to bring to the forefront—images and ideas for the contemplative and visionary mind.

Here is just a sample of recent work.

http://youtu.be/uJHrGjLq3Dw

Music by Tomasz Bednarczyk


Looking Forward to 2012 – An Artist Shares His Thoughts

Looking forward to a year of art, writing, and contemplative journeys in 2012….

Riding the path to a creative tomorrow

Somewhere in the waking, I will paint with more than one color, write with more than one word, express more than one idea….

This will be my last post of 2011. It is Friday morning, December 30th. I am sitting in front of my computer while listening to Fluid Radio on ITunes. As I begin typing, Fluid Radio is playing a track entitled Shooting Blankets from the band called Two People in a Room. It is a quiet morning. The ambience is meditative. The cats are hanging about; grooming themselves, eating and listening to the sounds. I am preparing lunch; whole grain pasta, and tomato basil sauce with scallops and meatballs. I wanted to go to the gym this morning and do some spinning or weight training, however when the urge to write beckons, expression and creativity governs the day.

I have been thinking for some time now what I wanted to work on and accomplish for the New Year. This past year I feel I have been quite successful. I spoke more in depth about my past achievements in my recent post It Has Been a Year of Blogging – Some Thoughts I Wish to Share. Now it is time to look forward.

The very first thing on my agenda is the opening of my online store n e w d i g i t a l s c a p e s for selling my art. I have completed the design of the site (Imagekind is my site provider) and I am now in the process of uploading, editing and organizing my art galleries. I am very excited. An online store, I believe, is well suited for my digital art, and should provide a high quality venue for the purchasing of my art. Prints in various sizes, high-end photographic paper, canvas, and assortment of frames are all available. Links to the site will be available on my website and on my blog in January.

I am also looking forward to returning to my love of video art. I just got a HD video camera, and will be upgrading to a semi-professional editing system. I hope to investigate a distinct realm of processing which I call “video as chance”. It is a form of video expression that allows for time, space and subject matter to dictate what come into the lens of the camera. In the meantime, I will continue to create 2-dimensional photographic work. As I hope to continue to find new ways to structure my work in a beautiful yet provocative form.

I will continue to blog as often as I can. In the past year, I have come to appreciate blogging as a great tool for finding a consistency that sustains the creative process. The heavy schedule of creating new art, and marketing my online store may mean less posting. But I always let the mood of the moment carry the day, so we will see.

Another important part of my exploratory nature is my connection with the mind and body through challenging physical adventures. Top of the list is finding new mountains to climb on my mountain bike; long road trips on my road bike; rocking climbing and hopefully sky diving. That last one will take a little courage.

I hope to finish out the year with the publishing of an art book that centers on my blogging experience. Art for Posts is the title.

All in all I am looking forward to expressing ideas and concepts, and continuing the communication I have come to appreciate with so many talented writers, photographers, musicians, and artists.

2012 is a year for us. Let’s do it together.

Art rules.

Ideas conquer….


Talk Amongst the Trees

To meditate in the shadow of mountain, wind and tree….

We reach the summit and find a conversation amongst the trees

If we could hear the trees converse, what would they say to us?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Between 02

Between two trees of a different kind….

Where nature and industry collide

Nature and Science….

When thinking about this photo challenge I was drawn to a question, what is the in-between space that can sustain our planet? Where does it exist, and can it be found? And what is the cost of our ignorance; of not knowing how to balance that in-between space with the complexity of our lives on planet Earth? Is the knowledge we seek, in our meditation practice, in the great institutions we build, or in our hopes and dreams? Can it be discovered in our mind’s eye, in the things we believe, or in the progress of science?

In this piece I thought about nature and technology, and how these two sources of energy interact within our lives and with the planet.  How these two vital forces; the organic intelligence of nature and the welded composite structure of modern progress collide. Trees are torn down and in their place the monuments of steel rise to the heavens.  Our ozone dies, we reach the stars; our rivers run black, the cities grow tall.

Nature dies.

The question is where is the balance that sustains?

I wish I knew the answers to these vital questions. Perhaps you and I, your country and mine, can one day without personal or national agenda sit down at the table and discover the answers.

For the sake our planet, it is the only in-between thing we must do….


Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

Sky and Mountain….

The space in-between sky and mountain

there are so many paths

one can take

looking inward

facing outward

where we discover

the places in-between

…the between-space

magically soothing

nurturing

quiet

…sky and mountain

and on the summit

we breathe deep

searching and finding

a place to rest

in a moment

where our thoughts

are carried off

so gently by the wind….


It Has Been A Year Of Blogging – Some Thoughts I Wish To Share

2011 the year of blogging….

At the keyboard ... creativity, art, and prose

A beautiful journey…

It has been a very productive year. I started blogging a year ago in December of 2010. When I began this journey, I was not sure what I was getting into or what I could accomplish. I knew that it was my goal to reach out to others; to connect and express ideas; to work hard with integrity; and to love the process. I am thankful for the diversity of the internet and blogging in particular for providing this opportunity. Blogging is a challenge, yet quite rewarding. I am amazed at how the creative mindset, through blogging, can develop and extract the promise of intimate expression.

In the past year I have created 190 posts and over 100 new works of art. To my pleasure, I have had a modest amount of followers and subscribers, with over 7000 views. There were many who believed that what I had to say was pertinent, entertaining or of some value…

And for that I am surely grateful

I appreciate all those who have taken the time out of their own busy blogging schedule to visit and comment.

Over the past year, I’ve come to meet some fascinating and creative writers, poets, artists, and individuals. I read. I listened. I absorbed; ideas that surprised me; thoughts that guided me; images that propelled me; and creativity that led to my own immersion. And in the end, the journey has been very satisfying for me … mentally, spiritually, and personally.

How has the past year been for you in respect to your blogging experience? Has it been fulfilling, or did other obligations dampen your output? Were you able to express the ideas, dreams, and hopes that captured your imagination? Did you discover you had an important voice and much to share?  And as we approach 2012, what do you want to achieve in the upcoming year?

Do share.

And again, thank you for all your support.

Have a great holiday and New Year.

Peace and Light

Walter


Urban Contemplation: 14 – The Industrial Revolution and its Deconstruction

The city series….

The forming of an industrial moment in time

The cities where the industrial revolution was founded….

I remember the period in our American history, when the industrial revolution was coming to an end. I was in my mid-twenties and working as a Process Engineer at the DuPont Company. If you were a young person in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s trying to believe in the American dream, a job with the DuPont Company was a great place to start.

Or so I thought. Little to my knowledge, things were about to get very difficult. Life was going to become very hard. The way in which our society ran and governed its social, civil, economic and political spheres were about to change.

The social agenda of the New Deal that sustained the dreams of many families and individuals would slowly be deconstructed until it (with the hopes of some) would be gone forever.

In the mid-seventies, early 1980’s and in 1991 we had economic recessions of various lengths. They were short, but a tell-tale sign of things to come. In 2001 we had another recession. These four recessions were not as severe as the present recession; however, the factors that led to these five occurrences over time are similar; deregulation, the creation of a “false paper economy” and an insidious construct to shift the wealth from the middle class to the wealthy.

And unfortunately it is working.

I was laid off from my job at DuPont after having worked there for four years. Still emerging from the perception that all you had to do was start at an entry level position with a good company; move up the ladder and retire 30 years later. Remember how your parents or grandparents followed this rule and uplifted themselves into the middle-class? It appears that in 2011, that route to the middle-class is long since gone and not returning any time soon. It is a global world now. It is now a have and have not world that is shattering the dreams of many. It is 146 million Americans in the United States living in poverty or near the poverty line. It is a health care system that is dysfunctional and over-wrought with cost. It is an education system that is mostly for profit (remember when the California State Schools were free). It is a manufacturing sector that barely exists.  And it is a corrupt body of government that wants to protect the rich, sustained the rich and become rich, at the expense of the poor.

And the attack is calculated and vicious to the core.

But I love America. With all its faults, it still has the potential to be a great nation. But we must learn from our past, and if possible turn back the hand of time just for a moment. And perhaps in that moment we can have a true political and social conversation, wherein we remember what we fought so hard for—a fair and equal society for all.

This post is in support of all those who participate in the Occupy Wall Street protests in America and around the world.


The Setting Sun and the Years of Our Descent (Recovery Remix 2011)

The city series….

From across the park I see the days end and the last day begin

We remember what we shared—the deep dark place and beautiful heaven.

And to never forget is now the bond that liberates and heals.

It is the recovery we now hold dear

and

the rising sun….


The Ending Memories of a Deep Dark Place and a Beautiful Heaven (Turning the Page – Recovery Remix 2011)

The City series….

A deep dark place a beautiful heaven to lose yourself forever

small towns…

big cities

where hopeless dreams

dance

swim

when the carnival is over

and

we are lost at sea

the magic escapes us

and the years are gone

small towns

big cities…

where the dreams

we shared

in the deep dark place

and

beautiful heaven

are

just moments

now forgotten