I don’t encourage anyone to take years off from their art. Yet, small breaks can sometimes be refreshing and allow for some contemplation. I have been reading In Montmartre by Sue Roe and it is a fabulous chronicle of the lives of Picasso, Matisse, and the Birth of Modernist Art. The topic of this blog … [Read more…]
After returning home from the Ernich painting class (which I write about here), I became inspired to create a small whimsical series of oil paintings. Driving along Pacific Coast Highway on Sunday afternoon, I passed the new commercial section of Huntington Beach called Pacific City. Red and yellow kites floated weightlessly against a beautiful azure blue sky. Reminded … [Read more…]
Abstract: Anthropocentric Views of C. S. Lewis’s Silent Planet C. S. Lewis begins his space trilogy with the character Ransom in Out of the Silent Planet, journeying to a planet called Malacandra. It has long been noted that in The Chronicles of Narinia, Lewis himself demonstrated “his appreciation of the beauty of nature and his … [Read more…]
Southwest PCA/ACA Conference Wrap-Up “That’s the nice thing about collaborating with someone: Your work becomes a conversation.” ~ Noah Baumbach The Southwest PCA/ACA Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico resulted in just that–a collaboration of brilliant academic minds on popular culture criticism. There were some great Eco-Crit panels at this conference!
C. S. Lewis’s Narnia series drew much attention in the field of ecocriticism and literature studies. His space trilogy seems to also be concerned with humanities connection to earth and the spiritual in creation. I wrote a that focuses on the ecocritical anthropocentric view humans possess of creation and the hierarchy placed upon all living … [Read more…]