Sunday, December 31, 2006

March of the Emperor Commercial.....

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

"Best Of" and "Cyclops" Exhibit at TAG Gallery

I have one piece in this show at TAG: “Best of TAG”, Group show, Curated by Elizabeth Sadoff December 26, 2006- January 13, 2007. TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Also showing is "Cyclops" a digital film installation by Michael C. McMillen in cooperation with LA Louvre Gallery.

"Cyclops" showing nightly 6:00 pm until Midnight.

"Best Of" open Tuesdays through Saturdays 11am -5pm.

TAG is located at 2903 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-829-9556

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Let's Say Thanks Site From Xerox

This came from a friend...

Awesome idea....kudos to Xerox.

Try this from Xerox.

If you go to this web site, www.letssaythanks.com,

you can pick out a thank-you card, Xerox will print it,

and it will be sent to a soldier who is currently serving in Iraq.

You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to some member

of the armed services.


It is FREE and it only takes a second.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?

Whether you are for or against the war, our guys and gals

over there need to know we are behind them...

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Canyon Road


It was a cold day by my L.A. standards when taking this shot on Canyon Road during a recent trip to Santa Fe. Some people don't realize how cold it can get there, because they consider it the desert. It's up high, about 7000' I think, and that makes a contribution to the climate.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Mark Your Calendars



Brand Library Art Gallery 35th Annual Exhibition
"Works On Paper: Borders"
Juried by Jim Morphesis
December 16th, 2006-January 19, 2007
Opening Reception Saturday December 16th 5-7pm

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Known, The Unknown, The Unknowable

The Unknown

As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.

Donald Rumsfeld —Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing
From the Collected Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld, Slate Magazine



He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not
Is a Fool, shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not
Is a Student, teach him.
He who knows, and knows not that he knows
Is Asleep, Wake him.
He who knows, and knows that he knows
Is a Wise Man, follow him.

Attributions:, Persian Proverb Confucius



Castaneda divides the supersensible world into the unknown and unknowable. The unknown can in principle be known and interaction with it, difficult and frightening as it may be, can be enriching and ultimately invigorating. Cultivating the virtues of the warrior prepares one to face the unknown. Interaction with the unknowable is simply ill-advised and opens the door to dangerous psychic phenomena such as possession.

Cassipaea Glossary



"There are 4 kinds of knowledge:
the known, the unknown, the unknowable,
and the "who gives a shit to know about it"
Don Juan Matus

Simple Life

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Secret Visualization Tool

The Secret team has created a visualization tool, "The Secret to You", which you can download for free and play every day.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Crazy Laughing Quadruplets

Saturday, October 28, 2006

The video below...

...in the next post came by way of Aaron (thanks) and makes my dog sit up and tilt his head all the way to one side and then all the way to the other side.

resonance_square.wmv

Monday, October 23, 2006

Art In the Park: The Wet Paint Show


We couldn't ask for better weather for LACMA's Art and Museum Council's Wet Paint event on Sunday, at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills. I had even more fun than I expected and the day went by in the blink of an eye. I enjoy watching people and at this event enjoyed watching the people watching the artists and every now and then turned around to find people watching me. I appreciate all the feedback and encouragement, as well as the jokes and wisecracks! I am happy to have some new collectors-thank you, your support and enthusiasm are welcomed. It was great meeting some of the other artists. Plein Aire painter Laurie Hendricks was painting next to me and her approach to working and her energy were a refreshing breath of air. My only regret of the day is that I didn't get enough time to see what all the other artists were up to. I have this shot of myself painting, thanks to Cassandra Tondro, one of the participating artists. You can see more images of the event on her blog today.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Itzhak Bentov: From Atom to Cosmos

By blending analytical knowledge and intuitive insight, Itzhak Bentov was the first to develop what is now widely accepted as a holographic model of reality.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

October 17th

This is the second time that someone has brought this to my attention, so I thought I'd put it out there. It's about this extra energy coming from Universe 2 (I wonder where that is?) today. Whether there is or isn't, it can only help to focus on the positive. I can especially use a boost since I somehow got my car hung up on a rock last night and now it can't move forward or backward...

Here's the message:

"A cosmic trigger event is occurring on October 17, 2006. This is one of many trigger events to come between now and 2013.

An ultraviolet pulse beam radiating from higher dimensions in Universe-2, will cross paths with the Earth for approximately 17 hours from 10:17 a.m. on October 17 to 1:17 a.m. on October 18. The peak time will at 5:10 p.m. on October 17 regardless of time zone.

This beam resonates within our heart and soul. The effect of this special event is that every thought and emotion, no matter if it is positive or negative, will be amplified intensely one-million fold during this
time.

Our thoughts and intentions effect change on a normal day. Imagine millions of us coming together from all over the world to share this special energy
event focused on spreading loving intentions for ourselves, our planet and all its inhabitants."

Good luck with it, think of what you love and what brings you joy. I will, and while I'm doing that I'll call a tow truck.

More information here and here .

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Wet Paint




The "Wet Paint" show, presented by the LACMA Art Museum Council, is coming up this Sunday, October 22, from 10:00am - 4:00pm at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills. I will be one of 50 artists working on our paintings live in the park.

Admission is free, and a portion of the purchase of work goes to support acquisitions and exhibitions at LACMA.

Roxbury Park is located at the corner of Roxbury Drive and Olympic Blvd. in Beverly Hills. There is a small parking lot at the back of the park, and street parking on all of the surrounding streets.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

New Pencils

When I learned that the Blackwing 602 was no longer being produced I had to find an alternative pencil. Luckily other people have already covered this ground and I found an excellent pencil review or two. I decided to try out the California Republic Palomino HB pencil and I love it. I order them online here. And they come mighty quick.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Another Scorpion Encounter

This one came looking for me. I was sitting at my desk working late last night and gradually became aware that my dog was growling at something. I had shushed him several times, but he continued until I finally turned around. There was a scorpion coming in the room from the dark hallway. He had us cornered. I told the dog to back off and looked around for something to trap the scorpion with. I emptied a box of paperclips on the desk and dropped the box on top of the scorpion and then weighed it down with some file folders. We could hear the scratching sounds against the insides of the cardboard box of the scorpion trying to escape. I went to the kitchen and got a tupperware container and did the same thing as before, sliding a piece of paper under the box and carrying the whole thing outside. I was wearing shoes the whole time and the lights were on in the office. Maybe it was the same scorpion as before, who knows?

Friday, September 29, 2006




I got a chance to see these two shows, both at Bergamot Station. Sarah Perry, Caught From Below, sculptures that are compelling, mysterious and very finely done. This one, "Twister" appears to be made from tiny bones. At Hunsaker/Schlesinger until October 28.


And Works On Paper, at Patrick Painter, includes a Jim Shaw that I could take home, but I couldn't, already sold. It was ink on paper, large, of an egg shape hovering near the top with energetic lines swirling. It was gorgeous. Works On Paper runs through October 14th.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Upcoming Event-In Which I Am Participating-Which Begins At 10 AM

On Sunday, October 22nd, from 10 am until 4 pm, the Art Museum Council of LACMA is holding an outdoor art event: Wet Paint. Artists will set up and work outdoors at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills and completed artwork will be sold at the end of the day.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Drawing Pencils

I'm very sad. I just learned that my favorite drawing pencil, the blackwing 602, is no longer being made. Apparently production stopped years ago, in 2001. I had plenty of pencils then, too many in fact, so I was blissfully unaware. I realized this morning that all my pencils were getting to the short and stubby side so I decided it might be time to put in an order and couldn't figure out why there weren't any readily available. A quick web search turned up this and this.

I've reluctantly placed an order for the next best thing.

Monday, September 11, 2006

But that's not my job...

Today I took my dog to the vet. He had to get his teeth cleaned and also had a small cyst growing on his tail to be removed. At 5:30 pm he was ready for me to take him home. Unfortunately it wasn't until I got home that I noticed he still had a bandage on his leg. At first I thought it was just an ID tag but on closer inspection realized that they left the IV tubes in his leg! I went to get the phone to call them fast, because they close at 6pm. Before I could get them on the line my dog had pulled the "caps" off of the IV tubes, so blood started just running out. It turned out that the veterinary office was already closed and I had to call an emergency number all the while holding his leg trying to put pressure on it to stop the bleeding. At last I got someone on the phone and they told me to go ahead and pull the tubes out and apply cotton and the bleeding would stop. So there I was with scissors trying to cut the bandage off, which was difficult, because it kept bleeding all over and was very slippery and my dog was quickly losing the desire to cooperate. I finally got the bandage off so I could remove the tubes and sure enough it stopped bleeding. Something tells me I won't be going back to that vet anytime soon!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Strange Encounter

Late last night I was walking through my house, barefoot, in the dark, and as I went through the living room I stepped on something weird. I felt something brush rapidly along the inner edge of my heel and it made a quick staccato series of motions. I thought to myself that it would be my luck to step on a scorpion. I turned on the light to see what it was, fully expecting to see a twig, or a leaf, or something that rode in on one of the cats and there it was a scorpion sitting right there on the living room floor. It was huge! Well, at least two, maybe three, inches long. I quickly got a glass and trapped the scorpion under the glass and went looking for a piece of cardboard to slide under the scorpion so I could carry it outside. When I found one and slid it underneath the scorpion it was furious and attacked the glass over and over with amazing speed. I carried it outside and lifted the glass and stepped back. The scorpion just sat there on the card watching me with loathing. I went back inside. This experience makes at least six times I've encountered scorpions in this house. I've got to remember to wear shoes.

Friday, September 08, 2006

It's a Katherine Adventure

This came by way of my sister.

Go to this site & enter your name in the box, or any word you'd like put into a slogon, & hit the Sloganize button. www.thesurrealist.co.uk/slogan.cgi

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

A New Word (For Me)

I learned a new word today-tenebrous. It means dark and gloomy, or obscure and hard to understand. I can think of many times that this word might have come in handy in the past.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Selections



These are the two pieces selected as part of the California Open Exhibition at TAG. Below are a few words from Laddie John Dill's Statement concerning his jury process.

As an artist looking at the submissions for the show, I considered if those pieces appeared to be part of an entire body of work rather than a one-shot deal. In general, I wanted to see that the artist had really investigated the possibilities for that body of work. I selected work that I thought would allow the viewer to get into the process of making the piece—to view those choices that had concerned the artist in producing their work of art.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

US Mint Call for Artists

The United States Mint once again invites artists nationwide to apply for its Artistic Infusion Program to help design American coins and medals. Go here for more information.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

California Open Exhibition

Friday, August 11, 2006

Pranks

Someone sent an email with these instructions:

1- Go to www.Google.com

2- Type in Failure

3- Look at the first listing and laugh at what comes up first

4- Tell other people before the people at Google fix it

And so I did, and had a laugh.

Here is a Google Blog Entry that explains what happened.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Today is...

My birthday! And it happens to be one of those numbers with a zero in it. And that's all I have to say at the moment.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Upcoming Group Exhibit

I have two paintings in the upcoming California Open Exhibition, juried by Laddie John Dill, at Tag Gallery. The Artists' Reception and Awards Presentation is Sat, August 19 from 5-8pm.

The Exhibit runs from August 15th through September 2, 2006

Tag Gallery is located at 2903 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Beyond Genes

I found this article, by Dr. Bruce Lipton, really interesting.

From the article:
"This new perspective of human biology does not view the body as just a mechanical device, but rather incorporates the role of a mind and spirit. This breakthrough in biology is fundamental in all healing for it recognizes that when we change our perception or beliefs we send totally different messages to our cells and reprogram their expression. The new-biology reveals why people can have spontaneous remissions or recover from injuries deemed to be permanent disabilities."

Monday, July 24, 2006

Changing My Mind

I found this streaming media of Dr. Joe Dispenza explaining some of the difficulty in using affirmations to make changes in your life due to the structure and development of the brain and the interference of the subconscious, and other things.... genes, chemistry, evolution, etc.

Hmmmm............

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Does This Seem Ironic?

An LA Times article about the extreme heat and the need to conserve energy states,

Electronic signs on California freeways that usually carry traffic information beamed a different message Saturday: "Conserve Energy."

Maybe we can arrange for a water fountain display to spell out "Save Water".

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

It Takes Two



This is a painting that I finished right before my last visit to Big Sur. This was inspired during another trip to that area. It has elements in common with that coastal area, although it is a made up image, not an actual location.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Watercolor Sketches







Here are some watercolor sketches from my recent trip to the Big Sur-Point Lobos area. I really like to use watercolors in the summer because drying time is important to me and that goes so much faster in hot weather.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Party at the Ranch


Paradise Ranch is a cage free, home environment boarding facility where I take my dog to stay when I travel and yesterday they celebrated their 10 year anniversary with a party. The slogon for Paradise Ranch is "A resort so exclusive it doesn't accept people", so there was no way I was going to miss the chance to see perhaps a little bit of what my dog experiences when he stays there and as I suspected I had a lot of fun!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Tujunga Sky



I think the skies over Tujunga are so dramatic because of the mountains. This is a recent painting that depicts that phenomena.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Mount Hollywood on the 4th of July



I took the Sierra Club hike up to Mount Hollywood to see the fireworks last night. It's a 1600 foot climb and took about an hour and a half. When we got to the top there were already about 30 horses, and of course, the people that rode up on them. The peak is about 500 feet above the Observatory and gives a 360 degree view of Los Angeles. When the fireworks started I didn't know where to look, there were bursts of color and light in every direction. I finally settled on watching a display that was probably in Burbank or Studio City until the elaborate Rose Bowl pyrotechnics started. Then they turned off the lights at Dodger Stadium and those explosions looked pretty good too. Then it was time to hike back down and quickly (what, me move quickly?) because they close the park at 10pm. I didn't make it in time, the north gate was closed, but luckily they left the south gate ajar.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Immersion

One of the coolest antidotes to the high heat is to get into the water and I was lucky enough to do that twice yesterday. Cassandra invited me to her dream circle at the beach in the morning and after sharing dreams we all went into the ocean. I meant to just wade in a little, but then the waves took care of the rest. Very cold and very refreshing. We noticed kazillions of tiny crab shells in the water and on the beach, and saw dolpins swim past.

Later on, after an outstanding hike, which included rare views and even rarer quiet



I was invited to a dip in a pool, which was a very welcome treat.

If I count the dream that I had early this morning, I actually went into the water three times. I dreamed I was in the bluest water imaginable. It was a blue that was so rich and so intense and alive, more saturated and electric than any blue I have ever before seen. It makes me wonder how it is possible to see in a dream a blue that is "bluer" than what can be perceived with the eyes.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Back From Big Sur



I just got back from a trip up the coast to Big Sur. I attended one of Linda's workshops, stayed at the Big Sur Lodge, met some really cool people, and explored areas of the Point Lobos State Reserve in great detail. I can barely describe how beautiful it was. The weather was outstanding-cool and foggy most of the time. The day I left Los Angeles it was hot and humid, which is an unusual combination for these parts. As I was packing I was unable to make the mental adjustment for a different climate, other than to include a jacket and one t-shirt with sleeves, short sleeves. Everything else I brought was thin and strappy. Even so the change was welcome and refreshing.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Bring Out Your Inner Jackson Pollock...

... at least the creative part of your inner Pollock. Click here.

Lots of fun and click to change colors.

Thanks Barbara!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Shadow Barking

My dog, Bear, likes very much to watch TV. Whenever another dog appears on the screen he growls a warning and if it doesn't vanish right away he starts barking at it. Over the years he has extended this treatment to include cats, birds, horses, cows, goats, indeed any animal. It doesn't matter if it is a movie, a TV show, or a commercial. He also growls and barks at animated cartoons of animals, and it doesn't seem to matter if the animation is well done. Recently there was a movie with a scene of a boy making shadow puppets. Sure enough Bear's ears perked up and as soon as the shadow made a representation of a howling wolf the barking began.

Friday, June 16, 2006

New Work




I wanted to continue exploring this theme. This variation of Autumn's Veil is smaller and a lot more detailed.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Conscious Co-Creation Deleted

The free link from Google no longer works. It is still possible, if interested, to watch it online, for a fee, it's only $4.95. Here is the link for that: whatisthesecret.tv.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Conscious Co-Creation

I didn't realize that there were videos on Google to watch until someone sent this link. Take a look; this one condenses a lot of learning into one movie:
The Secret of Conscious Creation. It's a good introduction to anyone unfamiliar with the law of attraction.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Turned On

If there is such a time as Glow Worm season it must be now. While hiking last night we spotted two little lights just off the trail under some bushes and everyone stopped to look. Then we realized that there were two more about a foot away. Someone said they looked like a discarded cell phone. Further down the trail there were a few more scattered about and then a little further on an entire constellation of them shining in the dark. I am very familiar with fireflys, also known as lightning bugs, from childhood summers in the midwest, but these glow worms are new to me. Fireflys blink on and off, but the glow worms simply turn on and then stay that way.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Sharon Ellis's California

I find Sharon Ellis's work visually stunning fun. Have a look. This exhibit is up through July 1st. I hope I get a chance to see it again (and again).

Sunday, May 21, 2006

On Location In Malibu

The weather was outstanding yesterday, great for a drive to the coast to see paintings by members of the California Art Club. The clouds were those kind that are puffy and separated from each other like a mosaic of stepping stones across the sky.

There were over 50 well chosen, recent landscape paintings in this exhibition. Among them work by Dennis Doheny, Douglas Ball, Cathey Cadieux, David Gallup, Gerald Brommer, Steve Mirich, Frank Serrano, and Dan Pinkham.

All of this is at The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University in Malibu through September 3rd.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006



A few days of sun and the climbing roses are all opening. These are on the deck right outside the studio, so when I open the door there is a wall of clovey-rose scent. Yuuummmmmmmmmm.................

Friday, May 05, 2006

Lunch

Around lunchtime I got hungry and ran out to get a sandwich. Just as I returned and was getting out of my car I looked up to see a Red Tailed Hawk flying in to land on top of the telephone pole next to my house. I paused to watch and noticed that he had something in his claw. I could see a tail hanging down. As I continued to observe the hawk began biting off and eating pieces of what I presume was probably a lizard, or perhaps a snake, since it seems lizards seem to lose their tails under stress.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Courbet's Territory



I went to Linda Nochlin's lecture at the Getty "How Landscape Means, Courbet and His Territory". She discussed how Courbet's landscapes could be interpreted as self portraits, or covert political statements, or in some cases, and not all are in agreement about this, some feel that there was a stage where some of his work was meaningless. She states, "Once a painting is out in the world its meaning is up for grabs." I find that an interesting thought and of course any individual finds meaning as a work of art is perceived through their subjective filters. I also find it interesting how these perceptions shift over time.

I found the lecture to be very entertaining in several ways. At one point a cell phone went off while Linda Nochlin was speaking - it turned out to be hers. That was good for a laugh. It might have been even funnier had she answered it.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

New Work



I am calling this one finished. This is painted from memory of the way the sky appeared a couple of months ago.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Halfway

I think it is about halfway through my partial fast. I think I'm okay now with not having caffeine. That is, I don't miss it and not having it doesn't have anymore negative effects, no headaches, I wake up easily enough, and so on. Now I am noticing the effect of the absence of refined sugar. I allow myself to have some on weekends between Saturday evening and Sunday evening. I am starting to see how much of an effect it has on mood and on appetite. The more sugar I eat the more sugar I want and the more food I want to eat in general the next day or so. And not drinking coffee and not eating refined sugar allows me to feel calmer. However, if anything goes wrong, I still feel like compensating with a cookie.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Neuroaesthetics

I learned a new word today....neuroaesthetics, which is the science of the biological basis of aesthetic experience. In other words the brain is wired to know and appreciate beauty.

I found some interesting writing on this, including 10 principles of art from The Science of Art, by V.S. Ramachandran, written with William Hirstein. This science seems to explore the idea that there are universals in art that cross cultural and/or religious boundaries.

I haven't read all the material but it has me wondering, what about the new? What about culture? Didn't Gombrich already cover much of this? And so on.

Also, the Getty Research Institute will be having a lecture about neuroaesthetics in the near future.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Spring?

The calendar tells me that today is the vernal equinox which indicates the beginning of spring. I do hear a lot of little chirping birds, however the breeze is cold and the sky is cloudy, although the daffodils are blooming, so, we'll see.......

I'm glad that the daylight hours are increasing-more painting!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Day Off

Went for a hike yesterday, and in the daytime for a change. We hiked up to Amir's Garden in Griffith Park. I have been there before, but never in the daytime. It was a treat. Growing there are, among other things, succulents, geraniums, jasmine and I think I even saw an olive tree.

On the way up there were plenty of wild mustard flowers growing along the trail. I like to eat them, they taste like little, tender, spicy broccolli. We also saw a hawk of impressive size, an alligator lizard tail, and a drummer under a tree with a full drum set.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Hail, or snow, or slush, or....



...something that fell from the sky that's still out there.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

New Work



Not yet titled. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

No Caffeine-Creative Chaos

It has taken a full week, but today is the first day that I had absolutely no caffeine. After last week's big headache I decided to withdraw gradually, adding less and less real coffee to the morning brew. Today I just forgot to put it in, but it would only have been a few grains anyway. So far no headache.

I am having artistic chaos. Everything in my studio is nearly finished, although I will probably add finishing touches for quite awhile. I have been playing with some new ideas and I am at that point where nothing will take form. Ideas are swinging wildly from one extreme to another and what moved me yesterday is lukewarm today.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Tax Deductable Art Donations

I do have taxes on my brain these past few days.

I recently heard about a new tax amendment that has been proposed that would allow living artists to deduct the full value (based on appraisal) of donated work. I actually hadn't been aware that this wasn't already the case. As it is now, only the cost of the materials can be deducted on donated work. This change seems like a good idea to me. Art-Exchange.com has an online petition for signing in support of passing the new law.

"Whereas, works of art are valuable to the United States and its citizens;
Whereas, museums and other institutions that promote art are worthy of support;
Whereas, the most direct support that an artist can give a museum is a donation of artwork;
Whereas, the value of art far exceeds the costs of the input materials;
We the undersigned support the provision for allowing donated artwork to be deducted at full value for tax purposes."

I feel a priceless ad coming on....

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Sleep, Cats, Dreams

I've been backing off of coffee gradually and the caffeine withdrawal headaches have gone away. It does seem as if I sleep better, although it can be hard to tell. The dog woke me up barking and growling at something and since he was positioned at the top of the stairs and not at a door or window I thought I really ought to find out what all the fuss was about. As it turned out a stray cat had come in through the cat door. It took off when it saw me and one of my cats took off chasing it. At least they left the premises and I went back to sleep.

I had several dreams. In one of them I was struggling to get a party dress on over my head and in the same dream I had a present that was gift wrapped, but I didn't think the color of the wrapping paper was right so I was smearing jelly on it to alter the color. I was annoyed because it was taking so long.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Caffeine Withdrawal

It's fasting season and I am doing a partial fast which includes not drinking coffee-caffeinated coffee, since I will still drink decaf. I am also avoiding foods with refined sugar. So far it has been a lot easier to not indulge in sweets, probably because there is always fruit as an alternative. Not drinking coffee was okay for the first 24 hours and then a stubborn headache kicked in. I nursed it along for several hours and then finally had some decaf with a little bit of real caffeine added. I guess I will have to let go of coffee gradually.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Article About Dreams

Dare to Dream

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Balancing

In wondering about red and blue I've come to thinking about a relationship of the Buddhist teaching of the Middle Way and the wisdom of remaining unattached to positionality and identification.

It's like a high wire act-not identifying with a position allows the infinite adjustments required to stay balanced.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Red and Blue

Lately, almost all of my dreams seem to have something to do with the colors of red and blue. This has been the case for awhile. I've dreamed of red and blue beverages, red and blue crystals, and last night I dreamed that I was crushing blueberries into a blanket to give it a blue stain. Someimes the dreams seem to point to blue as a direction to go in and other times it seems as if I'm supposed to seek a balance between the red and blue. I also think that perhaps blue may mean interior to red as exterior.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

"If you aren't helping with the problem, maybe you're part of the answer."

I found this quote in Politics 3 and I'm finding that it somehow contributes a sense of balance.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Grisaille

Recently I went searching for information on the grisaille painting technique of laying down a monochromatic underpainting. There seemed to me to be surprisingly little information around. Actually there seems to be very little information about painting in general, but that's another story. I finally found a technical video rental company which had in stock a DVD of a demonstration, by Johnnie Liliedahl, showing the grisaille technique, using Waterhouse's "The Lady of Shalott". The material is comprised of two discs and some text material. Interestingly it is mentioned in the text that oil paint becomes translucent in time, regardless of how thickly it is applied.

I have yet to view the entire demonstration, but so far it is very well done.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Music and Art

I went to the Lee Mullican discussion at the Getty last night. I related most to the parts of the discussion as Tony Berlant talked about not talking about art/analyzing art, about allowing it to be a non verbal/non intellectual experience, which we got to have in the second part of the program as the raga music players performed while slides of Mullican’s work was projected. While waiting for the tram later I was speaking to someone who seemed familiar, but what really tipped me off to her identity were her shoes. You can find out more about her and see her artwork by visiting here or here.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

In a Past Life...

You Were: An Insane Warrior.

Where You Lived: Mongolia.

How You Died: In Childbirth.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Hearty Leviathans

I dreamed that I was offered a box of "Hearty Leviathans" for breakfast. I thought they were a kind of breakfast bar, although the cover of the box displayed a stack of food in a pyramidal shape that included pancakes, sausages and mashed potatoes. I thought that they ought to have lingonberries in the ingredients and turned the box over and over (it was empty) looking for the ingredients listing. I was squinting, trying to find it, when I was distracted by the approach of three drunk men.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Art Agenda

This from the California Arts Council: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's education office released information about the upcoming education proposals, and a key part of the education and budget package was $100 million for arts and music education for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

And from his speech: "Now I propose that we use part of this money (the increase in education funding) so that children once again can have art, music and physical education in our schools," said Governor Schwarzenegger.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

MALIBU ART ASSOCIATION JURIED SHOW

Opening reception January 14, 5 to 7pm Hours Wednesday thru Saturday through February 14.

Santa Monica Art Studios, Hangar Gallery North, 3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, 90405 310-397-7449

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year