Shimmer and Shine, Pathway to the Divine

by | Dec 22, 2021

Egg tempera painting of two egrets in water by Daniel Ambrose

Shimmer and Shine, egg tempera. Sold

Where did this year go!? I have posted nothing here since August. I have been busy painting for a show in January at Hughes Gallery. It opens on January 17, 2022.

Sales at my other galleries have been active, and new paintings are on the idea board. I’ll post work from the show soon. So mostly, I have been painting and processing all that is going on in the world, and uplifted by news like the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope this month.

Shimmer and Shine is one painting that sold to new collectors at Cheryl Newby Gallery in South Carolina. And this egg tempera painting, Sunrise Soliloquy, sold in Rhode Island.

Sunrise Soliloquy, egg tempera, 20 x 24 in. Sold

This past October, I turned 64 and have been going through an evaluation of sorts. I am now older than my dad ever was, and it makes me think of what he did and wanted to do in life. Of course, painting will continue to consume my waking hours as my passion and pathway to the Divine. Find your passion in life then figure out how to make money at it.

I know many of us have had a challenging couple of years with Covid, and even the loss of loved ones. I was fortunate and grateful to see some dear friends over the summer, and I hope you are taking time this holiday season to let your loved ones know you care.

One of my friends that I saw in Maine this summer, Fred Danziger, is an amazing painter and generous teacher. He recently posted on Facebook about the pursuit of transcendence in our painting. It resonated, making me realize that this is why many of us artists paint.

Perhaps it is only a small thing and won’t move the needle much on world affairs. But I think the things we make with human hands are vital and necessary to our spiritual well-being. Handmade artifacts inspire us and connect us across ideologies and time. Archeological discoveries thousands of years old give us a glimpse of what humans valued. What artworks will we leave behind to show future humans what we valued? To show what life was like on our planet and how awe-inspiring and beautiful was the natural world. Especially as we move to a more technological future of artificial intelligence, robotics to replace us, and virtual worlds to get lost in. Where is our humanity in all of this?

So as we wind down another year, thank you for reading and keeping up with my journey. I pause a moment for the loved ones who suffer, especially at this time of year. I am grateful to all my friends scattered across the globe. In America, many of us are divided, but I find common ground in our mutual appreciation of art. I say… Let there be more Art!

May you have a joyous holiday season and a healthy, happy New Year.

Peace, Love & Light.

1 Comment

  1. Roxanne

    I just read your post Daniel, so true.
    your work is beautiful.
    an old friend who treasures your talent.
    north flamingo girl, gone south.

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