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*********************** A MERTON READER *************************

Click the above art (and see its artist comment) for links to detailed "About Merton" info, Merton literary deviations, reviews of Merton works, and favorite Merton creators/creations/quotes. For a complete collection of my essays, letters and poems, see the bottom of my gallery and explore the various literary folders there mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g… . You may also choose to make your way through my journal, since I usually make both a literary deviation and a journal entry out of any written piece I have created.
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MERTON'S JOURNAL

Mon Dec 29, 2014, 10:50 AM


Who is Merton and what does he do? Click below! :) by mertonparrish

NEW MERTON WELCOME MODULE/DEVIATION TEXT

Just redid this, my brother sister artists.  What is up with you in your life?  Hope all is well…

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WHO IS MERTON AND WHAT DOES HE DO?

I list answers to this question here, so as not to put so much text in a module on my page.

(You may also want to read the info in the artist comment of my Deviant ID. There is much there of interest to fellow artists and visitors.) ( mertonparrish.deviantart.com/a… )



ABOUT ME, MERTON PARRISH…

I am a 52 year old, gay, male, varied artist, working in many genres.  I have, in the course of a busy and creative life, done and accomplished many things, including: teaching public school and private lessons, teaching and administrating at a theater, directing shows and choirs, writing and publishing my own books and recorded books, performing live and making musical recordings, composing and orchestrating my own music, making musical recording series for elders and others, etc.  I have mostly been a mental traveler, as Isak Dinesen so eloquently put it, through the many books in my library ( New Merton City Studio Series Photo 9 ), but I have traveled the east coast, some places in the south, and have made a memorable trip to Greece.

Several years ago, as many of you who follow my page here know, all in the space of about a year, my partner of fourteen years stopped loving me and ended our relationship. I lost my partner, home, studio, artist life, truck, doggie, many of my possessions, etc. Then, God sent another partner to me, with whom I made art and music, both at home and out in the world.  That, sadly, was short lived.  Now, I have a lovely, new city studio ( mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g… ) and am back out in the world, traveling and performing music as a one man band, just as I used to, when I was younger. I do a little teaching of music privately and a lot of performing of music.

This is hard for me, with my increased age and ever-present troubles with nerves (the world is a noisy, complex place!).  Nonetheless, I am doing my best to keep my life manageable, to write and make art, and to stay calm and happy.  I've managed to make slots for art-making during my daily travels, after meals at home, and even with others as I perform music (which is a new and delightful endeavor). I write when I can and when the Muse speaks.

I await the coming of my perfect life partner (I am perfect for him, and he is perfect for me) with whom I shall sail off into the sunset. "I can dream, can't I?" as the old song goes!  Seriously, I am trying to get clear about what "I am perfect for him, and he is perfect for me" means and am affirming/manifesting this each day.  I am not the best at being alone, but apparently it is my destiny for the moment.  I am trying to grow spiritually from the experience and make the most of the freedom, quiet and time that it allows.  There is an up side to everything, even being alone!  Sigh.     

We shall see what the rest of my life brings.  I do my best, as always, to find and implement my life purpose, get clear about that, and manifest each loving and good thing that I hope for and need in my life.

I hope you enjoy your visit to my page, and please stop by often. Drop me a note and tell me what is up with you, my artist brothers and sisters.  I wish you wellness, happiness, creativity, connection to Muse, and all good things!

-Merton :)



WHAT THEMES DO I UTILIZE IN MY CREATING?...

I create based upon the following themes, amongst others:

art, the arts, the nature of art, practicalities related to making art, the nature of time, the beauty of the natural world, the awesomeness of the Universe, spirit, spiritual growth, New Thought, manifesting, alternative spirituality, theology, philosophy, the beauty of the human body, health.



WHAT MEDIUMS AND GENRES DO I WORK IN?

I create:

*Essays, letters, editorials, poems, and illustrated books
*Audio recordings, slide-shows and films
*Various works of art, literature and media in series
*Photographs and photo-manipulations
*Drawings in pencil, pastel, col.pencil, ink, craypas
*Drawings in Mixed Media
*Digitally altered original drawings and paintings
*Paintings in oil and watercolor
*Various artworks of traditional & recycled materials
*Artworks framed in traditional/recycled materials
*Sculptures: clay, foil, wire, paper, recycled stuff
*Hand painted plastercraft statues
*Curios, diorama boxes, and charm boxes
*Knitted textiles: scarves, shawls and blankets
*Needlework: needlepoint, cross stitch, crewel, applique
*Collages and groupings of framed art
*Art and framing of recycled materials
*Mobiles, branch and hatpin cups
*Faux stained glass CD ornaments



HERE'S MY GALLERY, WITH FOLDERS ON THE LEFT:
(Folders of literary deviations at the bottom)
mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g…



IN CLOSING

It is a pleasure to be here with you on DA, to see so many of you explore, search, create and grow. Keep on creating. You are doing more for the world than you know, my dear artist friends and visitors!

-Merton :)



Shoutbox

Reddawgi:iconreddawgi:
Thanks for your musings and encouragement to our peers. Hugs to you. :)
Tue Dec 16, 2014, 10:08 AM
auronstalker:iconauronstalker:
I'm really glad things are looking up for you Merton!
Fri Sep 27, 2013, 3:23 PM
Peter-The-Knotter:iconpeter-the-knotter:
Teenage son a bit "salty" then... judging by his journal code! ;)...
Sat Aug 24, 2013, 7:25 AM
Freak-Angel56:iconfreak-angel56:
Thanks for your fave!
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 3:02 PM
Freak-Angel56:iconfreak-angel56:
Thanks for your fave! :D
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 9:18 AM
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Complete and Subcategorized List of Gallery Folders

*********** The Arts in Oil by mertonparrish ***********

Please click the art piece above (see its artist comment) for a complete, specially sub-categorized list of my gallery folders.

A Preview of my Gallery

Blue Boy by mertonparrishWinged Angel Male Altered Oil by mertonparrishBlue Boy by mertonparrish

Both this preview and the full gallery itself (detailed in the module above and found here mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g…) contain my original art and lit in a wide variety of genres and mediums on the following topics:

art, the arts, the nature of art, practicalities related to making art, the nature of time, the beauty of the natural world, the awesomeness of the Universe, spirit, spiritual growth, New Thought, manifesting, alternative spirituality, theology, philosophy, eros, health.

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“THE ARTS” IN OIL:
(Representing my love of so many genres in the arts)
The Arts in Oil by mertonparrish

SELF-PORTRAITS:
Further Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishNew Vertical Smudged Me by mertonparrish

DIGITAL, COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS:
Yellow Bee Magnet by mertonparrishAntique Music Magazines by mertonparrish

PHOTO AND ART MANIPULATIONS:
Red Snake Goddess by mertonparrishDisembodied Figure 10 by mertonparrish

WRITINGS:
(See bottom of gallery (mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g…) for letters/essays/poems)
THE THINKING CAP
THE THINKING CAP
Here is Merton's response, in verse form, to his friend and fellow poet Colornote's poem, I have a thinking cap. (http://colornote.deviantart.com/journal/44889574/ )
Thinking caps are cumbersome
when brooding over and over.
And weary artists, poets with pens
develop sore, bruised shoulders!
It's a heavy load to bear,
a worrisome hat to wear...
and does the world even care
or notice?
Maybe best not to think,
nor see, nor sow, nor shoulder-
perhaps depict only happy things
or just sit upon this boulder?
"Ow!  My head!" Mr. Gumby cries.
"A spider!" shouts Miss Muffet.
Shall we blithely paint and sing,
perched upon a tuffet?
Gumbys, Muffets, painters and such
(and all the reluctant prophets)
sat on a rock, rubbing their brows,
hesitant to get off it!
But then they each, mutt'ring "dare I?... a peach?..."
(and thinking of Mr. Eliot)
left the seaside, jumped off that rock
and wandered down the beach.
For poets and painters, psalmists and singers
know it is their lo
LONG LIVE POETRY MUSIC AND ART
LONG LIVE POETRY, MUSIC AND ART
an essay by Merton Parrish
THIS IS AN ESSAY PRAISING POETRY, MUSIC AND ART, WHICH WAS PROMPTED BY ONE OF MY DA FRIEND'S JOURNAL ENTRIES. IN HIS ENTRY, MY FRIEND PRAISED A POEM BY EDGAR ALLEN POE. THE ENTRY CAUSED ME TO REMEMBER MY FATHER READING MANY WONDERFUL THINGS TO ME AS A CHILD, AND TO WRITE THIS PIECE WHICH CONTAINS SOME GREAT LINKS FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT.
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My father, an English teacher, used to read Edgar Allen Poe's poem Annabel Lee to me when I was a little boy, along with many other things (including another poem called The Highwayman, which I bet you would like).  Oh how lucky I was to have such a father who read to me like this. I will always remember it.
In Annabel Lee, Poe speaks of his love who lived and died in her "kingdom by the sea."  Here is a lovely YouTube video featuring a fine reading of the poem and beautiful animation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swrriM1vuk8


ART/LIT PIECES ABOUT ME & THE HUMAN/ARTIST JOURNEY:
(Click on 2nd piece below & see its artist comment
for links to many pieces on this subject)
Its a Merton Sorta Life TCA by mertonparrishDEV ID with Merton Reader by mertonparrish

ORIGINAL THOUGHTS AND ART COMBINED:
Play YOUR song by mertonparrishSmile by mertonparrishUse your Time well 2 by mertonparrish

ART ABOUT CREATIVITY/THE CREATIVE PROCESS:
Inspiration from my Muse III by mertonparrishAm I what I Do G Rated by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY POETRY:
Sunflower Sutra by mertonparrishThe Highwayman by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY MUSIC:
Male Nude Harpist by mertonparrishFramed MixedMediaMusic Drawing by mertonparrishMusical Male Recycled Collage by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY:
Hermit Energy Series Piece 1 by mertonparrishHermit Energy Series Piece 3 by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS:
Male Aztec Fantasy Character by mertonparrishCentaur Colored Pencil by mertonparrishAltered AncientCiv Gold Leaf 1 by mertonparrish

PAINTINGS:
Moon Buddha by mertonparrishTrust Ask Adapt Change in Oil by mertonparrishGreen Angel in Oil by mertonparrish

DRAWINGS:
Light at the End of the Tunnel by mertonparrishWe Two Together Clinging by mertonparrish

ALTERED DRAWINGS:
Pan Pastel by mertonparrishThe Dance of Life by mertonparrishAltered MichaelangeloRendering by mertonparrish

PEN AND INK:
Cute Lil Faery Chub Close Up by mertonparrishNude Male Pianist by mertonparrish

PASTELS:
Behold by mertonparrishDo I Contradict Myself by mertonparrishChub in the Eye of the Comet by mertonparrish

COLORED PENCIL:
Framed Hand Colored FemaleNude by mertonparrishFully Hand Colored Male Nude by mertonparrishFully Hand Colored MidAir Male by mertonparrish

MIXED MEDIA:
Crazy Sunbird by mertonparrishFlowing Golden Locks by mertonparrishSovereign Seeker by mertonparrish

SCULPTURES:
Angel Recycled Art Sculpture by mertonparrishRedGold Winged Angel Sculpture by mertonparrishLovers Original Clay Sculpture by mertonparrish

HANDPAINTED PLASTERCRAFT
Greek Male Head Painted Statue by mertonparrishMale Nude Painted Vase by mertonparrish

CHARM BOXES:
Green Artists Eye Charm Box by mertonparrishStacked Charm Boxes 2 by mertonparrishArtists Eyes Charm Box by mertonparrish

DIORAMA BOXES:
Creative Fire I Diarama Box by mertonparrish Creative Fire II Diarama Box by mertonparrish

CURIOS:
Pan Music Makers Curio Collage by mertonparrishDiorama Box Dancers by mertonparrishSacred Heart Curio Collage by mertonparrish

MOBILES:
Faery Mobile of my Art Prints2 by mertonparrishFaery Mobile of my Art Prints3 by mertonparrishFaery Mobile of my Art Prints1 by mertonparrish

KNITTED HEADBANDS:
Knit Head Band Belt 33 by mertonparrish Knit Head Band Belt 34 by mertonparrish

KNITTED SCARVES:
Knit Scarf Original Design 2 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Original Design 8 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Original Design 7 by mertonparrish

KNITTED SHAWLS:
Knit Scarf or Shawl 19 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Shawl 25 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Shawl 21 by mertonparrish

KNITTED BLANKETS:
Knit Shawl Blanket 23 by mertonparrish Knit Shawl Blanket 22 by mertonparrish

WEAVINGS:
Woven Rag Rug on Loom by mertonparrishWhite and Blue Weaving on Loom by mertonparrish

APPLIQUE:
Spirit Applique by mertonparrishSpiritual Applique Whole Piece by mertonparrishBalance Applique by mertonparrish

GLUE GUN APPLIQUE:
Glue Gun Applique Jungle by mertonparrishGlue Gun Applique Celestial 1 by mertonparrish

CREWEL:
Written Spoken Word Crewel by mertonparrishFlower Crewel by mertonparrish

NEEDLEPOINT AND CROSS STITCH:
Lion Modified Cross Stitch by mertonparrishGreek Themed Needlepoint by mertonparrish

COLLAGES AND GROUPINGS OF FRAMED ORIGINAL ART:
Orange Male Fantasy Collage by mertonparrishArt Print Collages Collections by mertonparrishBabylonian Fantasy Collage by mertonparrish

ART AND FRAMING CREATED FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS:
Recycled Art Gallery by mertonparrishRecycled CD Case Frames2 by mertonparrish

BRANCH AND HATPIN CUPS:
Hatpin Art Print Cups by mertonparrishMale Couple Branch ArtPrintCup by mertonparrish

CD FRAMES AND FAUX STAINED GLASS ORNAMENTS:
Sun SharpieStainedGlassCD Cs by mertonparrishNova SharpieStainedGlassCD Cs by mertonparrish

Ty for visitng. Come back soon. Leave a friendly comment. :)

Further Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishFurther Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishFurther Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrish

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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks with all my heart dear Mewrton my friend, Wish you a great and crat,ve weekend :D
Please take very good care of you :D
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randallstuartpeik Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Thank you so much for the faves and comments!
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mertonparrish Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
You are welcome, Randall, dear :)
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primalfuryan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
A very warm,healthy,successful & magically filled with love & happiness new year 2015 to you & your family,
take care and stay safe!Hug
Warmest Greetings by KmyGraphic ChristmasWishes by KmyGraphic Merry-Christmas 2015 by KmyGraphic 
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mertonparrish Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Ty!  So sorry so long in replying!
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