Point of Art blogs on art, creativity, politics, CSA, religion and culture. Robert is a life-long professional artist, writer, musician & theatrician. Robert has been a professional creative all his adult life. Born in 1959 in Detroit, he has lived in New York, New Orleans and currently in Charleston. His commission portraits and fine art are part of over 950 collections throughout North America.

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Portrait Demo Via Zoom

Portrait Demo Via Zoom

Zooming Right Along Last evening was a grand experiment. The Charleston Artist Guild presented a zoom portrait demo. It was an interesting experience for me. I have come to enjoy the interplay between the people, all gathered in a room together. I derive energy from...

Left Behind

Left Behind

What the American Dream Has Left Behind (a rant) Here's the VLOG version. Or you may read the BLOG version below. (edited for clarity) https://youtu.be/bS_7wHIdZyI What people would have us call the "extreme left" is really what many are now calling the extreme middle...

mARTtyrs

mARTtyrs

People are Starved for Meaning Like the Fishfly, which are born to be consumed by fish, artists are born to be consumed by humanity. I'm talking about being consumed as in nurturing the consumer. Artists provide meaning to actual people, not some idea of people out...

Freedom from Consequences

Freedom from Consequences

Pleasure vs. Enjoyment Though we often confuse these two distinct emotional states, there is a huge difference and relationship between them. Pleasure, a source of arousal, is the product of the human desire for love, power and money, which all too often seem to be...

The N Word

The N Word

This horrific photo, taken in the 1940s, reminds me of when I was nine or ten, my neighbor friend used to yell the n word at the shopping news delivery man from his porch in our suburban Detroit neighborhood. I tried to get my friend to stop his taunting but he...

We Are Wired to Believe in Miracles

We Are Wired to Believe in Miracles

Waiting for the Miracle Here's the routine. First, Donald Trump says something misleading, racist, or illegal. Then, when people actually call him out, he says he was only “joking” or he denies ever having said it. The latest is Trump’s dangerous urging of North...

A Dark World View

A Dark World View

In the Introduction (below) to his tell all book about Trump, his self describe consigliere, Michael Cohen, describes Trump as someone who assumes that “everyone is as corrupt and ruthless and shameless as he is.” That is the best explanation for how on Earth there...