“Together our fundamental worth is intrinsic. It’s based on kindness, compassion and generosity, the ability to give and receive love. Service to others has a powerful effect on how we feel about ourselves as well as on how it makes others feel. There are many opportunities to serve, to switch our focus from ourselves to others.” — Dr. Vivek H. Murthy
The Helping Hand, Emile Renouf
“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.”
— Anne Lamott bird by bird
Painting: Moments to Myself Joseph Lorusso (American, 1966-)
“You can either practice being right or practice being kind.”
I love retouching and retouchers. So, when The Queen of England wears a solid green dress, what do you expect? On the Bored Panda site, check out how retouchers re-retouched her dress! Hilarious!
Hello! I hope everyone had a nice weekend.
I made some changes to my site. I found out that my previous theme called Bueno (which I had been using since 2012) is no longer supported by WordPress, so I had to install a new theme. I hope you like it. The new one is called Penscratch 2. I chose it because I like having a sidebar.
Now that I have more time at home because of COVID, I am going to post on my blog more.
Take care and talk to you soon.
Not liking or disliking but learning to pay patient attention to things as they are. It’s about following something small carefully and sincerely.
— Lynda Barry
Wiltshire Landscape (1937) by Eric Ravilious
“I add my own love to the history of people who have loved beautiful things, and looked out for them, and pulled them from the fire, and sought them when they were lost, and tried to preserve them and save them while passing them along literally from hand to hand, singing out brilliantly from the wreck of time to the next generation of lovers, and the next.”
From the book The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Painting by Edward Hopper Morning Sun 1952
“A bad dream can set the tone for the entire day, determining the dreamer’s mood and coloring her perceptions of colleagues and friends.”
From the book Why We Dream by Alice Robb
Photo by Berenice Abbot Wave Interference Pattern 1958
See how I’ll leave with every piece of you,
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do.
Songwriters: ADKINS, ADELE LAURIE BLUE / EPWORTH, PAUL RICHARD
Rolling In The Deep lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing
Illustration by Harry Anderson
Instead of worrying about what you can’t control, shift your energy to what you can create.
— Roy T Bennett
Illustration by Carolina Rodríguez
Woman is not nature only. She is the mermaid with her fish-tail dipped in the unconscious.
— Anais Nin
Real Me Is Nothing ilustration by Henn Kim.
Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.
— Martin Luther King
Illustration by Constantine Lianos
If you don’t feel it, flee from it. Go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.
— Paul F. Davis
A view of a fireworks display in front of City Hall for the Publication of Peace in Paris, Jacques Chereau. Source: Public Domain Review
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
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
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!
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.
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