The Voyage of the Velvet Starship

The Voyage of the Velvet Starship
The Voyage of the Velvet Starship

Monday, March 21, 2011


It amazes me that music in all its forms brings life to the listener.  It also amazes me that each one of us has a very unique voice.  Our voice, not like any one else.  Have you ever though how amazing that is?  How unique and wonderful of a creation we all are.  That we sing but not like any one else! That God in his touch made each one of us different.  How can anyone not believe in God?  When you look at the universe there is nothing like the earth, nothing!  How can that be? The miracle of music, the inspiration to create.  Chopin, Mozart, The Beatles, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, BB King, and all other music wonders.  Where did they get these melodies?  Did they create them?  I believe they were given these through their hearts and minds by a spark, a spark and flame, of fire burning bright and notes in the air and words in their fingers and gifts from God!  Peace, love...have a great week, Michael

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A crazy day

Well today was a roller coaster ride!  More things going on then I could have imagined.  C was running errands, picking up sample boards, proofs of photos.  JJ was working on 11 entries into show across the world with continual problems with the simple tech device.  Each show has specific numbers and qualification, size restrictions, artist comments, etc.  All part of the process though. Very interesting and exciting.  We will see where he goes with all of this and then I can critique and add as necessary after we get the initial work done.
Completed a surface at a client's house yesterday.  A complex combing with a colored and fragile overglaze.  Turned out very exotic in reds, sap green, and  black.  Looks like a fabric or tilled up earth.  Feel like you want to put your hands on it and feel the texture!
Started S painting today, cut the edges and primed and painted it.  Ready for the image soon.  I will update the process as I go along.  It is talking to me at this point.  I have an idea or several but nothing in stone so far.  It will hit me I know it and then I can move forward.  There is truth in every line and every surface.  It has a mind of its own.  We just need to tap into its heart to make it sing.
Singing tonight, choir practice!  What a blessing.  J makes it so much fun and uplifting. I really feel God's presence there.  How He must delight in all of us horsing around and trying as best we can to learn the music.  Something different every week.  Soulful hymns and dramatic backdrops.  You really get caught up in it.  Singing bass with a three octave range.  Tuff to get to low C.  Some phrases are so lyrical they take my breath away.  I feel so much like crying for joy.  Such liberation of the Spirit within us.  God bless!

The beginning of a new era of thought and work in my search for God's will!

Saturday, March 12th, a beautiful day here in Colorado.  Was scheduled to play golf, but to much wind!  Going to spend the day with Carrie, my new love and friend!  Eron Johnson art, work at the studio. Visit antique shops for a project.  Getting ready for a commission piece for Stephanie.  She say she is still a "Hill" even though she has a different last name now.  wants something mysterious, monochromatic, and enchanting.  No problem!  Will come up with a few ideas, and send them to her with a limited palette and will let it fly.
Need to pick up my sweet Miata convertible with only 40,000 miles on it a 93!  Having problems with this car for almost a year.  Got it solved though.  Can't wait to drive it once again.  So much to fix.  Madness.
The state of art at this point is very difficult.  Returning from my yearly one man show in Palm Desert, Ca., there were signs of life but slow going.  Worked my tail off and spent 1000's of dollars on these paintings.  At this point I don't care what I do as long as I can make some money, construction, faux, driving a bus, teaching.  Whatever it takes.  No matter what.  Art will sell but it will take some time.  So sad, people dropping like flies.  So much talent wasted.  So much for that "hope and change" bologna promised by an arrogant and incredibly self absorbed individual!
God willing the partnership of freedom and bliss of the creative spirit will rage forth in the coming months.  I look forward to this. To once again be caught up in the Light and partnership with my Lord.  Let me be the brush and knife that cuts through the layers and strata of our life's to reveal the truth hidden down deep within us. Painting that picture deep inside. So much joy and fulfillment. It felt like a vocation and mission.  Sad that the right brained artistic crowd has to struggle with money and making a living.  We are the poets of this age.  God has revealed in us his future and road less traveled.
Please be patient with me as I learn this new technology.  I will figure it out.
Cool possible plans on the horizon on several fronts M in Seattle, L in the desert, and several other possible commission pieces/wall surfaces in Denver.  Keep pushing and never give up (more on this later).
Be courageous and fight the good fight, let your light shine forth, and pray that God will send angels to loosen the hearts and minds of men able to afford and appreciate good art and send them forth to bless the artists of this day. I pray for the strangle hold of fear to leave this country so that people can once again feel they can work and live and make a living.  Be positive! God bless.  Michael

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


A quick note!  Something has been going on in the Universe.  I can sense the opening of the Heavens.  Let the Light shine forth in the deepest of tragedy and confusion.   Angels, and the Holy Spirit at work.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but, ecknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path".  God has a plan.  We may not know what it is but He does and we need to trust Him.  Let your guts rise up to your skin and let that spark of indwelling creativity puncture through our hard cores and reveal itself in our work.  "The very stones will cry out" from the scripture.  God is present.  Have a blessed day. Michael