Markus Ray’s “Art Look” Blog

… an art lover’s companion.

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ICONS OF THE MASTERS

ICONS Recall A Familiar Face I would almost say I am an “Icon Painter,” in an age that would deem that label almost ridiculous. We live in a divisive age. Religious underpinnings are forming a basis for justifying much cruelty. Terrorism is what we call these acts of cruelty. They [...]

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RALPH WOEHRMAN: Fire of Love

RALPH WOEHRMAN : Fire of Love as One of My Teachers I spent my early formative years studying Art at the Cleveland Institute of Art in University Circle of Cleveland, Ohio. It was a gray city. Some places you have been in your life have an ominous mood—a pervading temperament that defines not [...]

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ELEGANT BLOCK HEADS

Elegant Block Heads by Robert Froh in Barcelona It’s rare I tout the virtues of a living artist. In fact, the living artist I like the best is myself. That’s why I take up the brush and the graphite stick in the first place—to hand hew a “replica of my own Divinity.” So [...]

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COLOGNE CATHEDRAL

An Uplifting  Trip to Cologne Cathedral  We were in Cologne, Germany, last week, teaching a Loving Relationships Training. After our work was done the one thing I wanted to see was the Cologne Cathedral. I have been there twice before. Once in 1987 and once in 2013. What drew me to it? Probably [...]

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CHRIST’S EVE

ON THIS DAY OF CHRIST’S EVE On this “Day of Christ’s Eve” I am reminded of my childhood memories with my good Mother, taking my sister and I to church on Christmas Eve. Sometimes my Dad would go. Sometimes not. But always Mother would take us. She made sure we had a [...]

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KAMALAYA

Two Weeks in Paradise in Ko Samui, Thailand. Two weeks ago Sondra and I came to Kamalaya, a healing center on the island of Ko Samui in Thailand, created by a friend of ours whom we know from our time in India at Babaji’s Ashram. He built this incredible place of wellness, which offers [...]

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PASSING NAPOLEON

What stunned me was the presence of Napoleon as I passed the gallery! Dear Readers, we were home in DC for 2 days before coming Down Under to Australia.  I was having an ART LOOK necessity. Other things have taken me away from you—important things—like getting the Little Ganesh Book ready for [...]

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ART COLLECTION

An Art Collection in Pasadena contains some great Art. Sondra and Jane and I went to see the Art Collection at the Norton Simon Museum of Art here in Pasadena last week. Norton Simon was an industrialist who amassed a great fortune creating companies like Hunts Foods, Canada Dry, and Avis Car [...]

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COROT’S WOMEN

Sunday in Washington is Exquisite: Corot’s Women We had an Exquisite Day here in Washington two Sundays ago when we saw Corot’s Women at the National Gallery.  But firstly, I apologize for the gap in the Art Looks. I have been focused over here editing a book proposal for our agent [...]

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LAST SUPPER

My Kolorful Kinesthetic Version of the Last Supper. Looking toward the Old Masters has always been a way to infuse one’s work with new energy and vitality. There are wheels that do not need to be reinvented, and the vehicle of creativity rolls on smoothly by the propulsion of past [...]

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