Friday, December 28, 2012

Lemonade for a New Year

So Life deals you lemons, so you make lemonade. That's what I'm doing now. There's alot of lonely broken people who are struggling through this holiday. We all have our situations and ways of coping to get through them, some work better than others and some years are better than others.
Dark clouds race across the full moon
The air so brittle and cold
It feels like you could break if  you stayed out too long
And tears freeze like burning scars on your face

Inside and warm again, let's make lemonade - lots of art - and then this too shall pass and the new year will arrive with its yearly promise of things being better. Here's my words for the new year:
Courage
Hope
All Love No Fear

and so it goes . . .

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Holidays 2012





Merry Holidays to All. I've been absent for awhile due to holiday events and a few health issues I seem finally to have wrestled to the ground. My heart goes out to all the recent victims of hurricanes and shootings. As a nation I think our collective hearts are all broken and there's a certain numbness to the holiday. My prayer is for healing and restoration.

Here's a few holiday pics from Seattle, taken on one of those nights when the sky is a perfect black crystal at sundown and the air so clear and cold and brittle that your hands freeze on the camera button. May you all have the best holiday you can. And eat yummy food and exchange at least one significant gift . . .

Friday, December 7, 2012

Dream of Trees


"There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees, 

...With only streams and birds for company, 
To build out of my life a few wild stanzas. "
--Mary Oliver

It's all about trees for me right now. This is the theme I've chosen for my 2012 Sketchbook Project and here's a peek at one corner of one of the pages. 

Basically you transform a small journal with your art and it travels around the US and internationally on exhibit. Anyone, anywhere can check out your journal to look at, like a library. To see the other books I've done for this check out the sidebar. 

And just wanted to let you know I'll be out for awhile to celebrate an early  holiday this weekend with some family. But I'll be back next week so I'll talk to you then!! Happy Holidays to All .  . .

Monday, December 3, 2012

Details Pending

Outlines of a life still being filled in - details pending. That's what I was thinking about when working on this painting, how details of the work at hand were not yet completed. I thought it was all about the painting, but then sitting back and looking at it from some distance I realized it really applied to my life as well, because I'm still reinventing myself and there's details I can't even see yet, have not even thought of yet and isn't that what a Good Life is all about? So that's how not being done is an ongoing thing, with any luck it will never be done and you'll always be thinking of something else to add, just a few more touches here and there. So how do you know when a piece of artwork is done? I say . . . when you get interested in something else