From the Air, of the Earth, and by the Sea

Here are two of my favorite things combined, art and the beach. Discovered the work of Jim Deneven and thought I’d share. He does this freehand with a stick. There is something so beautiful about ephemeral art. It emphasizes the experience of the art process without concern for object. It is being in and of the moment, something important about art and self that is so easy for us to be distracted from or to simply just forget. In a way, the ephemeral speaks to us of the the importance of memory and mindfulness.


There are more images on the artist’s website.


39 thoughts on “From the Air, of the Earth, and by the Sea

      • Yes! I love it. I actually even own a copy. :-)

        Speaking of that director, have you seen “Touch the Sound” with the musician Evelyn Glennie?

          • She’s a percussionist musician, and she’s “profoundly” deaf. It’s very cool! I definitely recommend it.

            Granted, I love Rivers and Tides more, but then that’s because he’s a visual artist and his medium is nature which are two things I just dig! :-)

    • I love spirals like crazy. C.P. and I are trying to build one in our garden out of flagstones and beach quartz. It is certainly not as easy to lay out a spiral as Jim Deneven makes it look.

  1. Amazing!

    Thanks for posting this…I have to show Gabriel this art. Gaby has a very limited view of the way art should look & be created, so I think this will help open his mind a bit.


      • Re: Amazing!

        Only his own!

        Any form of expression with his hands on paper (painting, drawing, even coloring) has always been a major trigger for episodes for him. I’m not sure if it is because of his fine motor skills issues (ie, had difficulties learning to tie his shoes until 7 1/2, issues with writing) or because of the delay between the signals from his eyes to his brain or just the fact that his imagination is incredibly vivid, so nothing he creates looks the way he sees it in his head. Gabriel feels art has to be perfect and true to life – a painted or drawn photograph, essentially.

        He doesn’t criticize other’s art because he isn’t cruel, but I haven’t yet asked him if he thought something was “art” to see how he feels about it. I only know that any time I explained to him about the different kinds of art, and how it is about expressing yourself & the emotion is what makes it art (and that it doesn’t have to be perfect) he blew me off and didn’t believe me. He has seen art on the computer (he likes Boticelli & similar artists’ work) & has a little book my friend gave him of paintings.

        He is finally at the point where I feel I can take him to an art museum, so we are going to do that during winter break.

  2. wow

    I love the beach and the water, combining that with art is amazing, you are right. How wonderful to spend the day creating such a piece of art. It would be fascinating to watch. These remind me of Tibetan sand paintings. I love it.

  3. Oh thanks! I’ve had that first photo saved on my computer for a few years and never knew who created it. I am amazed at how perfectly laid out these are from above.

    • Re: Amazing!

      I am amazed at how perfectly laid out these are from above.

      Small planes often take their flight patterns over the coastline. I wonder if some of those drawings mess with the perception of the pilots at all. The box and the cross specifically. From a certain angle, they create a rather surreal optical illusion.

  4. I should make a thoughtful comment about your post and that lovely artwork but instead all I can think is “ooh! Klaus Schultz!” LOL

    I love art that fades back into the environment. “…leaving nothing.” Exactly as it should be.

    • That new Klaus Schultz collaboration with Gerrard is amazing.

      Ideally, everything would leave nothing.

      He does sell photographs of his work and he’s a chef so I am sure he eats well. :)

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