Thursday, August 28, 2008

TAG....You are IT!

I've been tagged!!

I've officially been 'tagged' by Kim from Monaco Designs

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog (this is what you are now reading)
3. Write 6 random things about yourself (see below)
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them (This is only a game)
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up

ok... this is actually harder than I thought!! hmmmm.....
Six Random Things About Me:

1. I only like shopping when I have money to spend, so therefore I hate window shopping.
2. I don't like that I'm unable to fix my 'being late most of the time' problem.
3. I love Art and Art History! I love that I am a creative person.
4. I love the smell of fresh pine and cedar trees, the real thing.
5. I love coffee. A good cup of java is so good for the tummy and the soul!
6. I can tread water, float and swim (but don't have the stamina of an Olympic swimmer)

ok... now I'm tagging six more people! Can't wait to read what you have to say...

Kim of Monaco Desings
Patricia of Clay Mouse Studio
Tracie of Tracie's Tri Adventures
Paula from Lake Erie Artists
Kathleen from Liquid Sky Arts
Paula from Reflections Under The Bodhi Tree

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


"There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun."
Pablo Picasso: was a Spanish Artist and Painter.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Floral Abstracts

This floral abstract is an exploration in digital painting. I started with a shot that I took of the inside of a tulip, one of my favorite spring flowers. I then painted and played in photoshop until I got what I visualized in my mind's eye. I am extremely happy with the result. I find it very intense and energizing. I am planning to put this on a large canvas.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Art and spirituality

I get inspired in many different ways, and many times art connects me to the realm of Spirit and Wholeness. Very often the creative experience is very intuitive. I was playing around with an image I shot of a very colorful mobile in the shape of a spiral. I like the shape of a spiral, it is a great symbol of eternity, maybe even the energy of the soul. I took the spiral and transformed it into a pattern of ovals, and even though it doesn't look like the original spiral it still has the essence of spiraling. It has become a mandala for me.

man·da·la [muhn-dl-uh] -noun
1. Oriental Art. a schematized representation of the cosmos, chiefly characterized by a concentric configuration of geometric shapes, each of which contains an image of a deity or an attribute of a deity.
2. (in Jungian psychology) a symbol representing the effort to reunify the self.
[Origin: 1855-60; Sanskrit] Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

Symbols can be universal or personal. A personal symbol can mean something special to just one person. Maybe this image will become a personal transformative symbol for you.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Month of August

Okay, it is August 6th and I just realized I haven't posted anything this month yet, so here is my first one.
AUGUST - 8th Month Of The Year
August is a good month, summer is winding down and the cooler temperatures of fall will soon be upon us, but there is still some time for seasonal outdoor activities. Maybe camping, canoeing, cycling or horseback riding, a backyard barbecue or roasting marshmallows by a campfire. Or how about a hike in one of your favorite city parks. In Cleveland, OHIO we are blessed with a beautiful System of Metroparks also known as The Emerald Necklace for the way they drape around the greater Cleveland area in the shape of a necklace, each one a gem with many things to see and discover. Hiking Trail Locations They are my favorite places to go for a quick nature fix. If you haven't been to one lately, here is a reminder to do so! Of course you can go any time of the year!
I'm rediscovering how much fun it is to take a child to the park. I used to take my daughter when she was little, now I have the opportunity to take my grandson Bobby. He loves the park and all the creepy crawlers that you can find there. Here is a pic of him from our most recent trip earlier in the summer. He is hamming it up in front of the frog sculpture at The Rocky River Reservation Interpretive Center.