WHAT DOES A MERTON,
WHAT DOES A MERTON,
WHAT DOES A MERTON-
DO DO DO?
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MERTON IS MARRIED!
Merton is married, now. It took a long time for gay fellows like me to be able to be married. Thank you to my brothers and sisters who fought so long and hard. It is very tough to see so many things that were won with so much blood, sweat, tears and travail threatened, as they are today by the political forces which are currently in power.
Be sure to think about all those who are so threatened right now.
These include: women, gay people, old folks, children, immigrants, the poor, the needy, anyone with pre-existing medical conditions, internet users, those who would like to breathe clean air and drink clean water, endangered species, citizens who appreciate the guarantee of due process, even Mother Earth herself!
Did you find yourself or someone you love amongst the above list? I imagine so. Virtually everyone is under severe threat, who is not a rich, white, heterosexual, male human.
Please think, vote and pray, my fellow artists and citizens. We may not be able to fight our way back to compassion, freedom, kindness, and wisdom if November passes without a change.
Think about all three branches of the government in the hands of terrible extremisists, and what that means! We are so, so close to fascism, civil war, and Brave New World.
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PHOTO AND ART PORTRAITS OF MERTON AND HUBBY: 2018
My life fell completely apart five years ago. Now, after much prayer, manifesting, hard work, and adjustment, I have a delightful, beautiful 34 year old hubby and am back to performing music daily for elders. The performing and the youth of my spouse are keeping me a young 55 year old (I hope)!
Hubby travels with me to the music programs for elders that I do six days a week. He navigates and is rather a Miss Farrel (a la Annie) for me, taking care of many chores and behind the scenes things. I am very blessed.
You can see pictures of us together by clicking the Browse Folder button below. Then, if you would like to see pictures of the outside and the inside of our home/studio, see the modules below. It is a very wonderful place!
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OUR HOME HERE ON EARTH
My husband and I live in a new-ish (built in the 60s) condo on the north side of our city. The outside is colonial, well-maintained, and has lots of flowers, shrubs, trees and birds. It is very quiet and everyone is well-behaved and nice. It is not the sort of old 1920s building that I love (with gothic style and ghosts), but it is lovely and pleasant.
We feel safe and comfortable, here. It has two bedrooms, a little dining area, a kitchen, a living room and very nice private patio. I still call it my studio, and it contains many galleries and studios for my creative endeavors: fine art, craft, music, writing and teaching/coaching.
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Our condo/studio sits in the middle of a very busy (but nice) area. Everything we need is within walking distance (which may come in handy if the party in power is successful with its attempts to hack away at the safety net for our society!). I am hoping we still can afford our car and that I can continue to perform music for elders. But, if we can't, then we can live comfortably here, walking to whatever we need.
The condo is in a park-like setting, which makes it like a tranquil little gem that is hidden away. It is rather a secret garden. That is very nice!
Below you will find a link to a folder of drawings of neighborhoods, streets or areas:
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What is the inside like? Here is a written description, and the above slideshow will show you.
The inside of our condo/studio has as much character as we could manage, with a structure built in the sixties. It is a two bedroom condo, filled with lots of antiques, music instruments, art, books, movies, oriental rugs, fabric on the walls, and various fabric curtains and valances.
Luckily, there is a place to find all sorts of amazing pieces of curtains and fabric (obviously from wealthy homes, originally) for next to nothing. Of course, "next to nothing" fits an artist/musician/writer/teacher budget quite well.
Finally, as always, there are lots of little mood lights and many studios for music, writing, fine art and craft, everywhere one looks. It is soothing, colorful, and there is lots to behold. Every nook and cranny is filled with arty, colorful, creative, antiquey stuff. All artfully (and hopefully cleverly) arranged. It is not spare or streamlined!
Just the way a Merton likes it.
(Hubby has had to get used to all of this. I think he likes it on the whole, though he is not completely used to being married to a hopeless decorator queen! Sigh.)
ORIGINAL WORK WITH A PAINTERLY OR LYRICAL QUALITY
Lyricism (or a beautiful flowing quality, rather like poetry or the lyrics of songs) is something I admire in art of all sorts. A song or musical piece can be lyrical. So can a melody.
I believe fine art can have that quality, too. This is when the composition, the flow of one image to another, the composition of the piece as a whole seems to have a lyric, moving, flowing, harmonious quality.
I remember studying quite a bit about lyricism in my college days in music school. I resonate with this concept, and I seem naturally to yearn for it, strive toward it, and admire it, whether I am writing literature, composing music, or creating fine art.
So, here is one of my recent pieces that I hope embodies this quality (even though it has many popular, pop, rather pop art things represented in the piece). Can I make Andy Wharholesque items of popular culture into something beautiful, flowing... lyrical?
I hope I succeeded. These are things my hubby loves, and I love him. He is darling and my little angel (when he is not being a stinker!). I think this piece turned out to be lyrical. It has that feel to me, anyway.
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The Last One: Merton Mourns his Lost Sculptures
Sadly, as of June 2018, the sculpture pictured above (entitled Going Within) is just about the only one of my sculpted creations that still exists. It still resides in my living room, and I do enjoy it.
I tried to hang onto some of my sculptures, but when my life fell apart five years ago (and I lost my partner, home, studio, doggie, etc.), many things went by the wayside.
I would like to get back to sculpting, if there should ever be time, over and above two music performances each day, traveling daily, chores, dinner, minutiae, cuddling my adorable hubby, etc.
Here is a folder of sculptures I have made, over the years:
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Hello, dear viewers, fellow artists and friends!
Can it be that I've created a profile so detailed and a body of work so massive, that visitors need a little book to make it all simple? I think maybe so. Lol. Sigh. Click on my Deviant ID above for its artist comment, plus a complete compilation of my writings, fine art and craft work, in many genres. And, see below for instructions on navigating my page.
SOME HELP NAVIGATING MERTON'S DA PAGE
THE LEFT SIDE MODULES ON THIS PROFILE:
The modules on the left side of this profile tell you and show you all about Merton, his life and creative work. These Modules are:
*"What Does Merton Do?"
*"Who is Merton?"
*Photo and Art Portraits of Merton and Hubby: 2018
*Our Home in the Summerlands
*Our Home Here on Earth
*New Merton Northside Studio: 2018 (Interior)
*Living Room Gallery (NewStudio)
*Lyricism Meets Hubby and His Pop Culture Loves
*The Last One: Merton Mourns his Lost Sculptures
*Finally: Newest, Favs, Watchers, Visitors, Groups Modules
THE RIGHT SIDE MODULES ON THIS PROFILE:
These Modules are:
*This module (click on the photo for "A Merton Reader" Link List)
*Merton's extensive, revelatory, chronicling, insight seeking journal
*A Sampling of the Merton Gallery
*And finally... Shouts and Comments!
Both this preview and the full gallery itself (detailed in the module above and found here mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g…) contain my original art and lit in a wide variety of genres and mediums on the following topics:
art, the arts, the nature of art, practicalities related to making art, the nature of time, the beauty of the natural world, the awesomeness of the Universe, spirit, spiritual growth, New Thought, manifesting, alternative spirituality, theology, philosophy, eros, health.
“THE ARTS” IN OIL:
(Representing my love of so many genres in the arts)
DIGITAL, COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS:
PHOTO AND ART MANIPULATIONS:
(See bottom of gallery (mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g…) for letters/essays/poems)
THE THINKING CAP
LONG LIVE POETRY MUSIC AND ART
ART/LIT PIECES ABOUT ME & THE HUMAN/ARTIST JOURNEY:
(Click on 2nd piece below & see its artist comment
for links to many pieces on this subject)
ORIGINAL THOUGHTS AND ART COMBINED:
ART ABOUT CREATIVITY/THE CREATIVE PROCESS:
ART INSPIRED BY POETRY:
ART INSPIRED BY MUSIC:
ART INSPIRED BY THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY:
ART INSPIRED BY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS:
PEN AND INK:
GLUE GUN APPLIQUE:
NEEDLEPOINT AND CROSS STITCH:
COLLAGES AND GROUPINGS OF FRAMED ORIGINAL ART:
ART AND FRAMING CREATED FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS:
BRANCH AND HATPIN CUPS:
CD FRAMES AND FAUX STAINED GLASS ORNAMENTS: