Making the Workplace Beautiful - A Seascape in Oakland, CA

I now have some pictures of the seascape I painted for Ray Tittman, a Catholic lawyer in Oakland in situ.    Below you can see a number of shots of Ray in the office and the office building in Oakland, just across the Plaza from the recently completed Catholic cathedral. This is an ultra modern […]

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A Processional Cross by Philippe Lefebvre

by David Clayton on June 20, 2014

A Processional Cross by Philippe Lefebvre

Here is a newly completed wood polychrome and gilded processional cross made by Frenchman Philippe Lefebvre. I love the balance of naturalism and subtle abstraction that he has incorporated into this. In Mediator Dei, Pius XII said, you may recall: ‘Modern art should be given free scope in the due and reverent service of the church […]

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Beauty for Truth's Sake - A Book Linking Liturgy and Education by Stratford Caldecott

This book is recommended reading for all serious travelers on the via pulchritudinis. It is an argument for the inclusion of the ‘quadrivium’ in education as an important part of the antidote to modernism. I posted this review when the book first came out about three years ago. I re-post it now because my friend […]

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Paintings of Popes and Saints John XXIII and John Paul II by Clemens Fuchs

Here are paintings of the recently canonized saints by Clemens Fuchs, who is an Austrian artist trained in the academic method. He was studying at the Charles H Cecil when I was there about 10 years ago and later taught there (along with another artist who has been featured on this site and some may remember, Matt […]

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How Liturgy, Prayer and Intuition Are Connected - Recognition of Pattern and Order

Modern research into how firefighters and nurses respond to a crisis supports the idea that a traditional education in beauty will develop our powers of intuitive decision making. In a great series of recorded lectures entitled The Art of Critical Decision Making, former Harvard business school professor and current Trustee Professor of Management at Bryant University, Michael […]

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Re-forming the History of the Reformation to Reflect the Truth

…and here’s the surprise, it’s the mainstream media that is doing it. From the English national daily newspaper, the Daily Telegraph (h/t Catholicism.org) – this is a very unusual pro-Catholic feature. It explains amongst many other things the importance in English daily life (beyond the popular and thriving religious piety of the ordinary Englishman) of […]

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Can an Institution Such as a College (or a Family) Actually Pray? or Just the Individuals Within It?

Personal Thoughts on Thomas More College’s Response to the Harvard Black ‘mass’. And how it relates to prayer in the home and the family. We often hear that there is an over-emphasis on individualism in the West today. I many respects I agree with this. The Christian worldview sees man essentially as a person. A person, as […]

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Is it necessary to put a frame or a border around a painting?

And if so should it look like this?                                                         or this?       or this?                                 […]

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