"This is a true story." ~ Peter
Welcome. This blog site places before you a remarkable man, Charles Beck, an artist and teacher. This monthly series of stories begins by describing Charlie’s ways of being in the world, through my encounters with Charlie in the last decade of his life first as my colleague, then mentor and finally or rather for ever as my dearest friend. Year two of this blog expands to include my own hopefully and enduringly perspectives on art, on teaching and of a certain slant on life inflected by Charlie. ~ Peter London
"As I began to listen to them, they began to speak to me." - Peter
Charlieandpeter Blog: Year Two
In the first year of this blog site; “charlieandpeter”, I presented a series of short stories I wrote about a remarkable man I knew, Charles Beck. He was an artist and a teacher. I too am an artist and an art teacher, and Charlie hired me as a novice art teacher in his art department in a New York City high school in the 1960’s. We soon became friends. He was my closest friend for ten years, when he died. The stories told in this blog have been of Charlie’s way of viewing the world, which opened up a world that, it turns out, was much larger and better than the one I had been living in -- before meeting Charlie. He caused the same thing to happen to everybody fortunate enough to meet him -- under any circumstances. I have come to believe Charlie was one of the “Just” -- a handful of humans in each generation, who, unbeknownst even to themselves, are possessed with such wisdom and decency, that the Master of the Universe, stays the day of Reckoning, thus wiping out yet another experiment gone wrong. All these stories are on file on this blog site and are easily accessed below.
As our new "charlieandpeter" blog year begins, the posts above this one continues with Charlie's way of being in the world as well as now my own hopefully and enduringly perspectives on art, on teaching and of a certain slant on life inflected by Charlie. Some are stories, some essays addressed to artists and teachers, some poetry addressed to who knows who. I hope you find the reading rewarding. ~ Peter London
"Experiencing our Selves as possessing unique qualities from any one else sometimes makes us reluctant to employ these same aspects of our Selves in the world even though they may be of substantial worth." ~ Peter London