Monthly Archives: June 2011

Early Mac Art: circa 1984

In the early 1980’s a Georgia Tech student introduced me to the Mac Draw program (very new!) and I played around with the computer, “drawing” with the tools like the paint bucket for filling in patterned designs, etc.  Going through old sketchbooks, I found this one, no doubt inspired by Marc Chagall and entitled “June”.  At that time, my paintings (on canvas with real paint) were figurative and angelic. I remember feeling the bliss of painting, and while not feeling that when using the awkward computer mouse, I still very much loved creating in this new way (even if my painting teacher grimaced).

Summer Hats for the Ladies

Commissioned by Cynthia Alcott Urich, these summer hats were a blast to create. I was thinking of Calder and Kandinsky, and Claes Oldenberg and Elaine de Kooning. Or rather, the spirit of their art wanted to flow through. Their art on my head would make me have an open heart and a highly attuned sensitivity to mental scapes of wonder and discovery.

Tree Knots: Look Inside!

One of my favorite things about TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is that Boo Radley left carvings in an old tree knot for Scout and Jem to find. This, though slightly haunting in the book and film, inspired me to make carvings, which I often do, out of balsa wood. And anyway, Boo Radley turned out to be not a bad ghosty guy in the end; he saved Scout and Jem, after all. (My husband likes to tell the story of when we were at a party Robert Duvall who plays Boo Radley was also attending, and I said, “Look! There’s Boo Radley!”) I always expect tree knots to have something in them, but am often kind of afraid to look….

Hat Designs for Cynget

These are three of the six “Hat Realm Ladies” I designed, especially upon request by Cynthia Alcott Urich. These ladies came to visit right away, and told me exactly how they wanted to appear (veil or no veil, color, shape, etc.). I suspect Cynget knows exactly who they are, their names and favorite places to go. Thank you for commissioning these, Cynget!

Shift the Mood by Keeping a Journal

It’s so easy to feel the heaviness of disappointment and sorrow. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to get out of the cycle of sorrow. Shifting thoughts and mood, shifting our feelings is not impossible, though. Sometimes we just need a change in life, and sometimes we can bring the change on faster by changing our thoughts and emotional disposition first, inwardly. To get there, to that blissful state, I do creative work. There have been times in life when it was harder to get into the creative work because of other things happening in life, so I kept a journal. The journal kept me. With each entry, I became more conscious and had a place to turn to in order to get my thoughts down and my feelings processed. Ultimately, I made small shifts until a bigger one evolved, thanks to journaling!

Pick a Word at Random (Open Your Intuitive Self!)

Part of living an intuitive life means being playful with your environment. Close your eyes and pick a word at random from a nearby book. What will you get? Choose two and see what happens. This morning, I did this and got “relaxes”.  Good, I need to do that!  And then I picked another and got “gardened”.  I love to think that gardens relax us, working in a garden can have a great effect on me.  Or just looking at one, walking through one.  Interesting!  Tell me what you get when you do this!

CHANGE WITHOUT THINKING by Eldon Taylor

Have you ever self-sabotaged your own attempts to make changes in life? I listen to Eldon Taylor’s InnerTalk work while I’m in the studio because I truly want to fortify my unconscious processing so that it is positive conditioning I give myself. I feel that stimuli in the world hammers us with negative messages so much, and feeling centered has to do with being positive and revived, and not slipping into unconscious patterns that may not help us along our way. Eldon’s new and latest DVD CHANGE WITHOUT THINKING is something I am truly excited about and celebrate.

Change Without Thinking will show you:

  1. The ongoing truth about why we often choose to sabotage ourselves;
  2. How we can find purpose, reward and meaning in life;
  3. Why we are often seemingly unable to keep our resolutions;
  4. How to transform your life and make a real difference in the lives of others; and
  5. How to be successful in your every undertaking.

Guest Artist: BEHOLDING ARTHUR DWORIN

Transliteration II by Arthur Dworin

Arthur Dworin is an artist who creates work that deeply inspires me and gets me into a zone of expectation and a kind of thrilling, sophisticated awareness of energy. There is an exciting sense when I look at his work that if we gazed at it long enough, we as humans perhaps would non-verbally arrive at our scientific essence, and be transported into a deeper understanding of our nature; that we are born of and function, perhaps unknowingly, via a geometric intelligence within our human life structure.  And that this intelligence is what makes us who we are.

When I asked Arthur about his work, I was as moved by his eloquence and philosophy as I was by his art. His words truly spoke to my heart. This is always what I go for in art and life, the connection of emotion and mental energy, a kind of enlightenment that truly does transport.

Here is our interview:

My work emerges from the dynamic interaction of color, magnetic forces, and triangulation, as well as the juxtaposition of light and dark, straight and curved.

These elements enter into a visual conversation—a dance—between artist and surface. Each action determines the next. The process is planted in the canvas.

It is my hope that the spirit in these works will act as a key to awaken what is already deep within the observer, that anew with each viewing will come a greater awareness of our inner and outer universe. I paint hoping the same happens to me.

Do you feel transported or almost trance-like when you work?

Yes, I sometimes do. There is a process called beholding in which two people look into each others’ eyes and just behold each other. In my work, I behold what is developing in the visual plane and open myself to what the colors and forms are asking for. In doing so, I feel transported to a world I’ve longed to discover. There are other times when the strokes and colors are an extension of a passionate dance that reflects motions deep within the universe that then pass through me.

What is the most important aspect of painting for you?

It is my hope that the spirit in these works will act as a key to awaken what is already deep within the observer, that anew with each viewing will come a greater awareness of our inner and outer universe. I paint hoping the same happens to me.

How has painting made you more aware in life?

Painting, like life, is full of surprises and offers a way of learning to see what is subtile, bold, and in between. The journey is to observe how they relate and to balance them—while holding onto a moving point, focusing on details while keeping the big picture in mind.

Step Into Your Future Self

Eldon Taylor, in his recent Huffington Post article, wrote about “living into yourself” which I very much loved reading. I always felt, especially in times of real strife, that we have to create our selves into better situations. During hard times in my twenties, I used to just picture myself as the “future me” and try to get myself in that feeling of being that future me.  I believe it worked. Time is funny. We are in a linear time-frame here on planet earth, but energy is immediate and joy is timeless and so as we experience ourselves in this moment-by-moment reality, there is another reality, and that is the energetic feeling of who we are based on our conscious awareness and free will (in part, some of it is truly a mystery). So today, as each moment passes, we’re stepping into who we have chosen to become, with our free will directing our circumstances to a degree. I like to think of all the good things I might generate, or the world might offer, and see myself step right into all of that!  Each moment that goes by, we’re becoming more and more ourselves. SO, as Eldon would say, “Live into yourself” and step into that great future.