The life of artist, photographer, traveler, and writer Steven Boone. Steven was born in Chicago but now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. His paintings are widely collected, and also included in the permanent collections of the US Department of Interior and The Foundation Van Gogh D'Arles, in Arles, France.
Boone lost his daughter to cancer when she was nineteen. His award-winning book, called "A Heart Traced in Sand" recall his experiences with her living and dying.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Feeling The Rapture
I have been an artist for thirty years
now. It has been my work, and I have not had to take other jobs to
support myself. Thousands of my paintings are in homes across the
land. Even now, I think of this and almost have to pinch myself to
see if I am not dreaming.
Steven, painting a still-life
When I paint and show the
work, I am sharing what I love, and the product. Lately, I have been giving lessons in
painting. While teaching, I am
sharing what I love and my knowledge of the practice.
Whether painting or teaching, I say a
prayer beforehand for the highest outcome.
Today I taught. We gathered at the
beautiful estate of one of the students and finished work from a previous session, making a
still-life painting of a vase with sunflowers on a table with fruit.
We worked outside on a covered patio. During earlier classes we made landscape paintings using only a palette knife to apply
the oil colors to a panel. This time, I wanted to teach
something different. We first drew a sketch and made an underpainting
of our subject, then this week we finished by applying color—all
All of us, being creative.
Only one student has had instruction
before my class. All of us are over sixty years old and so I am
heartened that my students are willing to learn and try something
new and difficult. Everyone made beautiful work and felt a thrill in
doing so. Each person's painting revealed their uniqueness and special
way of seeing and experiencing the world.
Working in sync.
After class, someone shared a quote that he had recently read: “People say that
what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I don't think that's
what we're really seeking. I think what we're seeking is an
experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely
physical plane will have resonances within our own innermost being
and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” - Joseph Campbell (American, March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987)
Part of feeling the rapture is being in the activity of pure
creation while in the world of nature.