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I’m Painting Again

5 Jun

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I’m painting, I’m painting again.
I’m cleaning, I’m cleaning again.
I’m cleaning, I’m cleaning my brain.

Pretty soon now, I will be bitter.
Pretty soon now, will be a quitter.
You can’t see it ’til it’s finished

I don’t’ have to prove…that I am creative!
All my pictures are confused
And now I’m going to take me to you.

Song: Artists Only
Album: More Songs About Buildings and Food
Sung by Talking Heads
Songwriters: David Byrne / Wayne Zieve
Painting Pink Window of Time by Rebecca Harp

 

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Pleasant Sensations

3 Jun

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To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world.  You are surrounded by adventure.

Freya Stark

Photo by Sid Grossman  San Gennaro Festival, New York City, 1948

Harness The Creative

1 Jun

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Graham Greene: He would structure his entire workday to harness the creative power of his dreams. He would draft new sections of a novel in the morning – tapping away until he had met his self-imposed daily quote of five hundred words – and then read them over before bed, leaving his subconscious to work during the night.

Why We Dream by Alice Robb

I believe in thinking about a big problem before falling asleep, and seeing where my dreams take me, if I have any dreams at all!

Decotora Semi Trucks

26 May

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I read this article on the Messy Nessy website about Japanese Truckers. There is a book about them too, called Decotora: 1998-2007 Japanese Art Truck Scene. I’m almost tempted to buy the book. I hope that semis in the United States start decorating their trucks. Perhaps this is already being done in the US, but I don’t see many fancy semis driving through Wisconsin.

On Your Heart

24 May

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Sometimes without warning, you might feel a tiny latch spring open on your heart.

Michelle Obama – Becoming

18ky Gold Anatomical Heart Locket by Peggy Skemp Jewelry

Selectively Numb

22 May

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You cannot selectively numb.

Brené Brown 

Straight Line

4 May

Screen Shot 2019-05-04 at 2.39.38 PMThere’s no straight line between effort and reward.

Michelle Obama – Becoming

Art by Robyn Redish – Stolen Painting

Deprive Us

21 Apr

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“One by one, our comrades depart, deprive us of their shade.”

— Candice Bergen: A Fine Romance

Photo by Steve Parke

Other Memories

21 Mar

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Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home. Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Paulo Coelho

Cashmere Thoughts

15 Mar

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“I don’t do casual very well. Even my normal life, I’m in cashmere pants and a cashmere sweater and cashmere thoughts.

– Stevie Nicks

You Forever

13 Mar

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Since the moment I set eyes on you—you have brought me nothing but Joy—and I will remember everything about you forever.”

– Gloria Vanderbilt: The Rainbow Comes and Goes

For my son.

Scattered In The Wind

20 Mar

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Down a dangerous road, I have come to where I’m standing.
With a heavy heart and my hat clutched in my hand.
Oh the years flew by like a mighty rush of eagles.
My dreams and plans were all scattered in the wind.
It’s a lonesome life when you lose the ones you live for.

If I Give My Soul by Billy Joe Shaver

Soul Eyes Painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Tell Him I Said Hello

18 Mar

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Look into his eyes
When you speak my name.
Maybe there’s a spark to start another flame.
Do I love him?
Don’t say yes or no
If he should ask you.
But he won’t I know,
Cause it’s all over and forgotten.
Just tell him I said hello.

Song: Tell Him I Said Hello

Written by Jack Canning and Bill Hegner

Magnified Beauty

16 Mar

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“She was the golden thread running through everything, a lens that magnified beauty.”

Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch

Photo of Linda Evangelista by Stephen Meisel. She is one of the most beautiful women, ever, and Meisel one of the best photographers.

Blunder Ahead

8 Mar

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“You can do anything you want to do.  What is rare is this actual wanting to do a certain thing:  wanting it so much that you are practically blind to other things, that nothing else will satisfy you…I know I have said a lot when I say, ‘You can do anything you want to do.’  But I mean it…Blunder ahead with your personal view…The real work of art is the result of a magnificent struggle.” 

Robert Henri, painter

Illustration by John Gannam. Wow, what an amazing illustrator Mr. Gannam was!

Get Back

4 Mar

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“Her whole world, what was left of it, was here, and there was no way to get back to where she had been before.” 

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

We Remain In The Stories

2 Mar

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“We remain in the air, the empty space, in the dusty roots and deep earth, in the echo and stories, the songs of the time and place we have inhabited.

—Bruce Springsteen – From his book Born To Run

Fantastic photo by Danny Clinch

Tell Your Story

26 Feb

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“Your possessions tell your story.”

—Pat Cleveland

Some day when I’m gone, my family can come to my house and learn my story from going through my possessions. Even though I have a house and many valued possessions now, a hundred years from now all that will be left of me (my legacy) are stories about me, my posts on the internet, my photography, my art I have drawn, art that’s hanging on my walls now, and some other little things. It depends what my relatives choose to keep.

All that remains from relatives who lived 100 years ago is some journals, letters, and photos. No furniture, no vases, no artwork!

What do you want to be left of you after you pass on?

You Trap Them

18 Feb

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All abuse is foremost an assault on the mind. When you abuse someone, you limit their perspective and you trap them.

—Tara Westover

It’s Possible

18 Oct

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“With very great paintings it’s possible to know them deeply, inhabit them almost.”

—Donna Tartt

Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth, 1948.

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