The Artist at Work

The Artist at Work
The Artist at Work

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Cover . . . Uncovered

Drumroll, please. We are proud to present the beautifully designed cover of Flight of the Mind. You will probably recognize the cover from Marcus's magical interpretation, "How Time Flies." We think the raven soaring into the deep blue sky trailing a stolen pocket watch is the perfect emblem for this artist's life. But the watch is no ordinary timepiece. The face of the watch is the artist's eye, weeping the dear, well-used tools of a lifetime of creative work. A feather wafts above the fray, followed by piece of parchment, with the artist's wish, dream and intimate knowledge of time. "It's a message," says Marcus, "we can all put our minds around."

An entire chapter of the forthcoming book is devoted to the creation of this piece. It begins with a quote from Poe's seminal poem: "Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore." The following is an excerpt to tease out your own reflection on the rough and ready tumble of the time of our lives.

In his mind's eye, Marcus knew the colors he would use - black, blue and gold, colors he relishes. The elements appeared complete in his vision: the raven and a golden pocket watch. And the narrative thrust was clear: "The vision of the raven flying away with, or stealing, my pocket watch was a perfect representation of my deepest frustration with the flashing speed at which my life is moving." When asked why, of all birds, he chose the raven, Marcus's smile betrays his intimate knowledge of a bird that haunts heroes and poets alike. "The raven is reality - a worthy adversary who deserves all the respect we can muster."

We hate to rush time, of course, but are counting down the days to October, when the book will be launched. Check back soon for information on how you can pre-order the book, and sign up on Marcus and Anne's email list to get preferred customer pricing.


  1. Marcus, this cover is so you. I love the black (which reminds me of your hair), the blue (because you look fantastic in blue), and the intricacy of the watch (because that really is your mind) and the eye inside because that is you keeping your eye on us! Really beautifully breathtaking and imaginative. Can't wait to see you! We went to Libby's Bistro last night and we will definitely have to make a trip while you are here!
    OOps, I just read your interpretation, much more poetic!

    1. Your interpretation is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you. Here's what Marcus says later on in the same chapter about this painting: "There's an invitation to create your own journey - there's a con of room in there to make it what you want. Wa-la! . . . A conversation in paint!"
      Thanks so much for your part in the conversation!

  2. I have met the energy of life; I have met the three of you. I visited your home and know that you have determined to make a difference in the outcome of disaster. How beautifully you live your lives with courage and compassion for each other and us,the people you meet on your way. Thank-you for the gift of your kindness and hospitality. May God continue to use you to show the world His Love and Grace! Your art work, Marcus, brings joy to my heart. Thank-you Ann and Leslie for being the best you that you can be. You are all amazing!