George Denninger

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Being There

The imagery is based on a mountain in the Iao Valley called the Needle on the island of Maui. Experience is determined, youth strives to catch up, as we climb steadily toward the I of the needle on the pathway that leads us through the valley of human hopes and desires toward unselfed being.

 

 

 

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Above the Mist

Sometimes we find ourselves confused or overwhelmed by the mist of everyday activities. Rising above the mundane, there is a clear purpose in every useful act.

 

 

 

 

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Behold the Lilies

In this painting, all the features are cropped. This suggests that there is more to the scene than is illustrated. The lily seems out of place and unsustainable in this hostile environment, yet there it is, glorious without limits!

 

 

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Spring Stems Quilt

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dye sublimination print

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Puff Theory

Perhaps the origin of our universe is more gentle than first speculated. Our sense of mind naturally expands with understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

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Budding Thought

Our personality seems to be formed more or less by our personal history, every day bringing new joys and trials that add to the texture of what we call us. If we believe this claim, we have many reasons and excuses for why we are the way we are.

The lower two thirds of the painting is very busy, filled with the thoughts of this personal history, represented here by two types of figures: sharp triangular shapes enfolding upon themselves, symbolizing life’s difficulties (pain, disappointments, etc.); and botanical shapes representing good experiences, hopes, and desires springing skyward. It would seem that there is no escape from this recurring pattern of human experience, but there is a still small voice (conscience) calling on us to break the cycle. Personal sense rebels, but we must know the why and wherefore of our identity! On the far left, one stem that is flat and uninteresting within the shell has broken through and become full-bodied. This bloom of morning yellow is beginning to open. Another stands beside it facing back toward the horizon, and four other dark buds appear to have broken through the shallow shell. These represent promises not yet realized.

From here one might think that they are free, “the sky’s the limit”, but the sky is crude and painterly - not at all what we desire when we pray. However, right above the opening yellow bud is a faint aura. This is what we seek, and it only appeared when the bud opened. It is not yet disclosed to us what it is or does, but it is what we want to know. Here is where I stand knowing that Truth is right here waiting for me to understand . . . and little by little, I do.

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Cast the Net

This is the moment that Jesus commanded, "Cast the net," and it is painted from the fishes' perspective. Some fish go without hesitation, some are watchers, some are confused by the message, some leave, and some attempt to go without being called (are unprepared). "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand" (John 10:27,28).

 

 

 

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IN Flight

Q: How does one go out into all the world and still not be of the world?

A: By starting from a higher platform. Grace brings expansive possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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