Words! Words! Words!

Chris Dahlquist's Mile Marker 202

I LOVE words! As a child I was called alternately both a book-worm and a chatter box. I come by it naturally, my grandfather was quite a wordsmith, and  we would play the dictionary game after his sermons, racing to his office to look up the words whose meanings we didn’t know. I still love to play the dictionary game, sometimes spending hours skipping from one word to another in the dictionary, fascinated not only by the meaning but the etymology.

So when challenged recently to identify the thread running through all of my artwork in four words I was intrigued. And as I began to identify my four words I realized that the words I picked describe my creation process, not necessarily the experience of the viewer. Often we need the mirror of another to really understand our own artwork so I queried some friends. The words I received are fascinating and have lead to a great round of the dictionary game. (I am publishing the words as I received them from my friends, repeated words were on multiple lists.)

Which words on this list resonate with you or what words would you add?

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  • Reverent
  • reflective
  • contemplative
  • insightful
  • ageless
  • contemplative
  • serene
  • ethereal
  • mesmerizing
  • alluring
  • meditative
  • enraptured
  • peaceful
  • subtle
  • expansive
  • evocative
  • quiet
  • thoughtful
  • deliberate
  • [/column] [column width=”30%” padding=”5%”]

  • inventive
  • minimalistic
  • nostalgic
  • aesthetic
  • narrative
  • expert
  • seamless
  • efficacy
  • integrity
  • light
  • space
  • open
  • equivocal
  • solitude
  • introspection
  • magnetic
  • reverent
  • [/column] [column width=”30%” padding=”0″]

  • replete
  • whisper
  • luminosity
  • connection
  • hushed
  • presence
  • Limitless
  • Expansive
  • Adventure
  • Free
  • Poetic
  • Reflective
  • Subtle
  • space
  • silence
  • serenity
  • whisper
  • [/column]



    1. Carlo Pascolini December 8, 2011 at 5:06 am #

      Too funny,I thought I was the only nutcase who would sit down w/ a dictionary and randomly open it to see where it would land.
      I would also just open it up and see what word triggers a visual idea. As for your work,reflective,luminosity and ethereal are my choices.

      • Chris December 8, 2011 at 10:46 am #

        Carlo – I love the idea about using the dictionary for visual triggers. Thanks for the words!

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      […] would meet would be, “What are you work­ing on?” And he truly wanted to know. When I solicited four words about my work, he of course was my first stop. Although when asked for input, he would often lov­ingly […]

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