Celebrating Our First Anniversary At An Intuitive Perspective.

I am not exactly sure when to celebrate our first anniversary…but I actually published our first post on March 20, 2020, so I am going to use today as our official birthday.

For those of you who have visited here before and read our Welcome to An Intuitive Perspective page know that I am a fan, student, and practitioner of the arts and culture. I have a BFA in art education and at one time or another produced prints, photos, watercolors, and oil paintings. And there was a bit of time in high school and college when I played in a number of rock, blues, and proto-punk bands. I showed work in the art rental and sales gallery of the Art Institute of Chicago, was represented by a north loop gallery in Chicago, and had art in a number of regional shows. But all of those were so last century so to speak. And of course I have attended a gazillion openings and plays and concerts over the years. Great times!

But as often happens in life, I got sidetracked or interrupted. And for nine years I had been scratching another itch…writing…and writing for a political blog…and publishing it for four years. And I started to burn out and knew that I wanted to move on with my writing in retirement after the 2020 elections…so started the groundwork for An Intuitive Perspective!

So on March 20, 2020, I published a half dozen pieces, all reprints of my responses to plays presented by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater…pieces that I had written on Facebook as part of my involvement with the Rep’s Social Media Club. And then I was determined to build from there with all of my future visits to galleries, museums, theaters, dance companies, etc…and just as I was hitting the publish buttons over and over, the live arts and culture scene came to a grinding halt because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But I found some silver linings in the daily hovering gray clouds. I attended art history courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee virtually. I found any number of new theater groups who were doing virtual readings or presentations. There is a lot of very exciting stuff out there. And I wrote about many of them as my energy and emotions would allow during a very troubling year. I hope you go back and look at a few of them.

And as a hold over from my political blog where we featured music one day a week, just for a break from the seriousness of the site, I brought that feature here as Monday Music. And I started out with some pop songs that I find spiritually magic and then others that I enjoy a great deal. And in 2021, I have mixed in some more serious music…much of it from smaller groups that are new to me or are playing modern composers who are new to me. If you have had a chance to listen to them, I hope you have been entertained.

This anniversary note will be my 117th article on An Intuitive Perspective…granted about 50 of them are Monday Music entries and the first two handfuls, reprints from other sources…but an accomplishment given the state of the arts over the past year and the effects on my spirit.

And for 2021? Well more of the same…sort of. Plus a few original posts that are slowly percolating in the back of my mind…and fingers crossed…many many new responses to live in person arts experiences!!!!

And as always, if you want to reach out to us, leave a comment after a post that has drawn your interest…or if about just something whatever, reach out to: contactaip@anintuitiveperspective.com

Thank you for visiting and I look forward to hearing from you!

Ed Heinzelman

Brooklyn Art Library: The Sketchbook Project. Challenge Accepted!

I had never heard of the Brooklyn Art Library before they showed up on my timeline on Facebook. But the ad that appeared piqued my curiosity because it was for The Sketchbook Project. Essentially, you purchase their standard sketch book and fill it up within their timeline. Once you have completed it, you return it and it joins their physical library and can be scanned into their digital library as well.

So the initial sketch book is $30. It is 16 white leaves (32 usable pages) in a 5×7 sketchbook stapled at the spine with soft cardboard covers. So there is plenty of room to develop ideas or sketches or illustrations or random thoughts/ideas. If you visit the library you will find that most entries defy what most of us consider a sketchbook…just something that we as an artist carries to preserve ideas and sketch out our experiences. Instead most of the sketchbooks in the library lean more toward complete and coherent works of art. The possibilities of course are endless.

The instructions that come with the book suggest themes for the current year but those are more suggestions that requirements…artists are free to be…artists!

There are some limitations on size…essentially you need to stay within the size supplied and anything that can come loose or become damaged or may be a danger to others is prohibited…but I can’t see that as being much of a restriction.

Having your sketchbook digitized is an additional $35, but that gives it a chance to be seen by the big world out there.

Challenge Accepted!

So what does this have to do with me and why am I writing about this? Well as I have stated elsewhere, I am a professional grade procrastinator and am slowly putting the finishing touches on my combined art/music studio (aka as the spare bedroom). So having a project with a hard timeline sounded just like the perfect place to inspire a restart in my active art making. So I ordered my BAL Sketchbook and it arrived in January (it is pictured here) and have started planning what art and art activities I need to perform to get to a completed sketchbook! I am not sure what I am going to call my project…something like reset/restart or something. And now that I am going public, I have an added incentive to pursue the project within the official time frame!


Order your sketchbook by: June 14, 2021

Return your sketchbook by: August 31, 2021

Book enters library by: November 1, 2021

**Yes, you can submit a book after the deadline. It will just miss the traveling part.

And I intend to document my progress here as we go along; just to keep pushing myself and treat my blog posts as something of a diary of progress. Not sure how I will tag them yet but probably with whatever title I decide to assign to the sketchbook…but probably with reset included somewhere/somehow.

In the meantime, if I’ve peeked your interest, here are some links to check out:

How to participate!

A few tidbits about the BAL Sketchbook project.

AND the most important item of all…the FAQs!

I don’t know how often I write an update…depends on my time and more importantly my progress…but I will include my thought process and reasoning as well. Some extracts from this diary will probably populate an artist’s statement to include in the sketchbook.

Mario Moore: A Fellow At Work: Focusing On Black Workers At Princeton University.

There is nothing in the post that is original to me. But I have been spending part of my pandemic quarantine time these past few months attending Zoom lectures from the Princeton Art Museum. In their December email newsletter was a link to this presentation by Mario Moore about his show at Princeton while he was the 2018 – 2019 Hodder Fellow there. It is a year old but still relevant in 2020 and maybe even more so. I found it very intriguing and very rewarding. Here is the video included in the article and I would recommend that you click this link and read the entire story!

“The Work of Several Lifetimes,” an exhibition of new work created over the past year by Moore, presents etchings, drawings and large-scale paintings of black men and women who work at or around campus. Moore was a 2018-19 Hodder Fellow in the Lewis Center for the Arts; the fellowship is given to artists and writers of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at the University during the academic year.

Moore was one of five Hodder Fellows for the 2018-19 academic year. Moore received a BFA in illustration from the College for Creative Studies (2009) and an MFA in painting from the Yale School of Art (2013). He has participated as an artist-in-residence at Knox College, The Fountainhead and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. His work has been exhibited at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and Detroit Institute of Arts, and with the Smithsonian Institution. Moore’s solo exhibitions include Winston-Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. His work is included in the “Studio Visit Volume 31” (2015) and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s catalog, “Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art” (2014).