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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.