For Peace

“Crispness”

"Crispness"

The over-all picture of your property has been professionally staged. It is important to achieve what estate agents refer to as “crispness”. Houses with greater crispness sell faster and more easily. Buyers want a “move in” quality. That means that all “dings”, cracks, scuffs, breakages, signs of wear, holes, mismatched hardware, dented or chipped kitchen […]


Gardens: The Outdoor Room

Gardens: The Outdoor Room

“How to create beautiful forms (is the question) in Europe and in the West. We are not designing forms but designing the atmosphere. How to create the atmosphere, that is what we put most effort in, designing this atmosphere. I truly believe that a person looking at a peaceful garden everyday, will become a peaceful […]


Before And After

Before And After

Before and after Bathrooms are often fashion’s greatest victims. The bathroom project shown here was a great success. I was told later by the Estate Agent that this feature sold the house. The total cost for complete replacement of delph, adding wainscoting, laminated floor boards, medicine cabinet, new blind, new colour scheme and painting, floor […]


House Staging

House Staging

It is often quoted in this business that: “How we live in our homes is very different from how we sell our homes”. When you decide to put the most valuable asset you own on the market, the time has come to begin to let go of the personal “place” and begin the “stage show”, […]


It All Started…

It All Started...

Fresh out of art college I founded a building restoration company in County Clare specialising in restoring, decorating, designing, sign writing, gilding and colour consultancy. It was a one-stop-shop for all aspects of business design – interior and exterior. We tackled sick building syndrome, traffic flow and post construction “corrections” using visual tools. During the […]


PropertyRX

PropertyRX

Some of the more recent commercial spaces I have designed or re-designed have included these 3 design and art studios. The first is a hand-painted chromatic mural that wraps all the way around the Design Services Studios at the corporate headquarters for Crayola, the crayon manufacturers, in the U.S. The second and third is the […]


Turning The Light On

06.10.2008 PodCamp Ireland, in beautiful Kilkenny was the final catalyst to nudge me off my technological backside to begin the blog that has been taking up storage space in my head for too long. Thanks to presenter Cathy Fitzgerald from Art Links for demonstrating how well social networking tools respond to the challenges of the […]


“The Essence of Sho”

09.10.2008 Off to the Peppercanister Gallery in Dublin last night to see the new show of one of my favourite painters. Bert Irvin was there, gently exuding the joy so evident in his work. At 85, he described himself, and the pleasure of painting, as “unextinguishable.” I’m pretty sure that ancient Oriental calligraphy masters would […]


Plato’s Beautiful Words

14.10.2008 If the residue of great music, played over the centuries on a magnificent Stradivarius can be revealed in the very molecular structure of that instrument – what then are the effects of everything that resonates in the lives of all human “instruments”? We imprint each other with our words, actions and intentions. The Charmides […]


Quantum Mechanics with Prof. Matisse

Quantum Mechanics with Prof. Matisse

12.10.2008 Any of you who know me know that I babble on a lot about artists being the first quantum practitioners. In Matisse’s famous interview Testimonial, from 1951, he speaks about the Vence Chapel commission, which he had just completed. Matisse would not be the first non-practitioner of an organized religion to accept such a […]


“Spirit Stands Still For The Photographer it Has Chosen”

20.10.2008 The photographer Minor White said that. And I think of those words each time I see this photograph taken at Knowth, in Ireland, by Justin Knecht. Newgrange, Knowth and the other structures, tombs and archaeological sites in the Boyne Valley date from as far back as 5300 years ago. We modern folk have a […]


What am I talking about?

Posted: 24.10.2008 Eduardo Chillida, Wind Combs, 1972-77. Photo: Justin Knecht. My former art school classmate Joe Barbaccia wrote to ask: what do I mean when I “refer to artists as quantum practitioners?” At best, it will take many of these posts to address that question, but then that’s why I began blogging. Here’s a start: […]


Om and etc.

Posted: 29.10.2008 Many cultures exhibit artifacts or practices using resonance or conscious frequency creation, which emanate from human intonation (like the sounding of the Aum or Om, or even looking at the written Om, like the Patel Om, at left) or the sounding of a bell, or like object, in order to consciously align with […]


The Tao of Seeking Office

Posted: 04.11.2008 Looking at the Patel Om got me thinking about other examples of meditative, frequency altering calligraphy. The example (left) might have been commissioned for this Presidential election day, as it is the talisman for seeking office, combining peace with good fortune (from the Tao-tsang 668-3:29b). Of all the Chinese art forms, Taoist magic […]


“He that hath an ear, let him hear”

Posted 11.11.2008 The controversial “Mozart Effect”, was first coined by the French physician Alfred Tomatis, M.D., who began researching the effects of Mozart’s music on health, education and emotional well-being, over forty years ago. Tomatis is also well know for helping a little known French actor overcome a wisper soft voice and profound stammer. Gérard […]


Light Gatherer

Posted: 25.11.2008 Rudolph Staffel, Light Gatherer, 1980, translucent porcelain, 7 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 5″. Photo: Pewarts.org This beautiful pot was made by a subtle, profound, quiet, but very large presence in the world of art, Rudi Staffel. Rudi was on the ceramics faculty of Tyler School of Art for 38 years, and he […]


“Can Reindeer Fly”

19.12.2008 I would be remiss if I didn’t extend my quantum investigations to include some of this season’s festivities. Roger Highfield, author of the above mentioned Can Reindeer Fly? (or The Physics of Christmas, in the U.S.), assures us that there is really no aspect of the celebration which can not be adequately explained by […]


Inside Outside

Posted: 14.01.2009 After decades of anticipation, I finally had the opportunity to visit Fallingwater, the private house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, located in southwest Pennsylvania. I was a great deal more impressed with the experience than I expected. No photos can do justice to the sensation of being in this house which unites the […]


चक्रं The Chakras

22.02.2009 The energetic and philosophical concept of the chakra (wheel or disc) belongs to a variety of cultures: such as Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Malay, and has even been acknowledged in the West. As we have polluted, stressed, and drugged our bodies, now may be a good time to realise that we are more than physical […]


Luminata

posted 08.03.2009 Living in Ireland, I am very aware of the relationship between people and nature. The weather, the lunar cycle and the light and landscape are never out of consciousness. Each year at this time I also began to think of the sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Not alone because I love the man and his […]


Edges, Fractals and Doorways

Posted 27.03.2009 The first doorway I have to acknowledge tonight is the one enabled by the brand new satellite dish outside my window, which, after a three year wait for this piece of technology (and the broadband company that was finally able to provide it) enables me to blog in relative technological comfort. Apologies for […]


This, That and The Other

posted: 06.07.2009 That “theory of everything” is looking very plausible. I thank Lea Walters for sending me the link to this exciting article, The Spooky World of Quantum Biology by Michael Garfield published in June by h+ magazine. Well worth the read. An excellent companion to this piece is the short an very inspiring TED […]


Guadi’s String Theory

posted: 07.07.2009 Photo credit MIT.edu, Gaudi Catenary arch model The Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi was equally admired and ridiculed for his, some might say, obsessive and eccentric practices. Ultimately his unique vision, nourished by a generous patron, won the hearts of the citizens of Barcelona – and beyond. Can he possibly have been tuned into […]


The Anniversary of Colouring Outside The Lines

posted 22.05.2009 Painting with my son, 2002, Gabriel Knecht (7 yrs.) and L. Vandegrift Davala Harry Chapin recorded “Flowers are Red” on August 19, 1980. Eleven months later, he was dead. His heart wrenching and poignant song beautifully captures our individual and collective struggle about our creative needs and worth, and the way we pass […]