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

Charlie's recruiting techniques for Advanced Painting

" . . . who we really are, are artists, with fire in ours eyes." ~ Charlie

Charlie and the Latter Day Knights

"The many ways Nature employs of creating the world are not just techniques, they are ways of being in the world . . ." ~ Peter

Charlie and the Girl's Basketball Team

“You know Peter, that’s really our business, helping kids build castles in the sky. Who the hell else is going to ask them to do that? " - Charlie

Charlie and Jodi: A Dog and his Man

"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

Charlie and the Ink Spot

"Stand up for us, be our champion." ~ Teens

Charlie and the Deaf Fishermen

"And then we wade into the depths, leaving the dry world, returning to our ancestral home, the great untamable water."

About Charlie & Peter

"Artists trying to see, trying to say it, nothing less and nothing more." ~ Peter London