most useless place:
Greetings, Art Lovers!
I tend to ponder
a lot. And my most recent ponderable topic...is
that of (as Dr. Seuss says in his book "Oh, the
Places You'll Go") "a most
useless place. The waiting place." Here's Dr.
Seuss' full description of the waiting
Waiting Place......for people just waiting. Waiting
for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone
to ring, or the snow to snow or the waiting around for
a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow.
is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting
for the wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday
night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a
pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls,
or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting. NO! That's not for you!
Somehow you'll escape all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing."
(an excerpt from Oh, the Places You'll Go)
I pondered this topic, my thoughts morphed more into
holding on to things of our past. Memories, experiences,
standards of various sorts, daily routines, etc, etc.
A different type of waiting I suppose...waiting for
it to happen again?
I'm reminded of a couple
I met once. They each described their lives previously
being about international travel and career related
encounters...and they described it in a manner of "that's
who we were...and we're feeling a bit out of place
right now because we are retired and we aren't those
people any more." Which of course screams
of a yearning for the past, a sort of holding on and
unwillingness to move forward. Attachment to external
experiences in a "who we were" sort of manner.
I wondered if I would ever feel that way.
this feeling maybe more to do with being proud of who
we were in those instances? Those instances of feelings
I have since found myself pondering
this topic because I have arrived at what I'll
call life's crossroads...or life changes. It
certainly takes some adjusting and some allowing and
some embracing. It also takes trust. Trusting in
yourself to not falter or waiver from the deeper
part of yourself...of who you really are. For the sails
of your sailboat to catch wind like they're made to
I'm coming to learn that lingering in "the
waiting place" for very long can be debilitating.
Which is why we MUST keep moving forward! Don't
linger for long. You might miss your next greatest thing
while clutching to that last greatest thing. Let
go and allow.
This same phenomena occurs during
painting too! I often reach a place in a painting and
it doesn't feel quite right, doesn't look right. The
colors aren't working together, or the canvas feels
out-of-balance. Sometimes I walk away and return later
to segway right into the next needed brush stroke. Other
times I stand determined to push through, moving
forward and soon a new finished work of art appears
out of the mist.
Waiting can be show-stopping. Holding-on
can be crippling. Allow, breath, embrace. All
will be well. Trust.
do you think?
Give the Gift of ART:
all know there are many special
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now THIS is just COOL!:
art has been around for a LONG time...and yet still
struggles to be considered art by the art minded.
stumbled upon this little gem of a video
that not only incorporates digital art...but also incorporates
music! I think this is a beautiful example of
how art can expand our perspective using color, movement
and sound. (And this also totally reminds me of something
you might have seen as a child while watching Sesame
here to view some
COOL digital ART!
Fresh from the Art
original mini-paintings, abstract on wood! If
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that I LIKE!:
have NEVER before seen sculpture work like Jin Powell
creates! Jin creates thought provoking, beautifully
casting and fabrication, each of this artist’s sculptures
is unique. Jin explains that when people purchase a
piece from her they say the figure was calling to them
and after seeing it, they couldn’t be without it.
Every detail is intentional and conveys the movement
of the emotion. There exists in these works the joyous
feeling of pure abandon. Jin captures movement and
grace through the modeled fabric that isn’t quite
keeping up with the figure. Each sculpture is a “snap
shot in time”.
blues, splashed with scarlets and yellows accented with
oranges create feelings of celebration. Like sunrises
and sunsets, the vibrancy of color enhances the feelings
elicited by each piece.
here to view more
of Jin Powell's work
out Rachel's COOL friends:
don't think we give enough credit to where
credit is due. Nor do I think it really cool
that most accolades aren't given until AFTER
those who've inspired us or left an impression on us
one-way-or-another are gone. With that in mind, I've
created a page on my website where I've begun listing
some of those people. Titled "Cool Friends",
it's on that page (obviously an evolving project) that
I begin to tell their stories.
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to the beat of your own drum!:
day we face trials and tribulations mostly from
outside ourselves. This painting is dedicated
to inspire us ALL to dance to the beat of our own
drum! Measuring 9.25"x7.25"
this original abstract painting would be a great accent to any part
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find that life with props can be super WAY fun!
A few days ago, Isabella, (Chris' 13 year old) Reese
(the lil fox terrier in this photo that appears not
to be amused at ALL, yet interested enough to stand
still for the photo) and I went into the woods and hiked
a trail at a local park together. While be-bopping
along this knobby hunk-of-wood caught my eye
(fortunately no bugs came swarming out or crawled
down my arm, which certainly would have added to
this photo). It immediately reminded me of a torch,
which then made me think of the Statue of Liberty.
Hence the pose I struck for this photo.
that if anyone would have approached us all at this
point we would have got the "what the...?"
look! But I can't pass up a photo op, especially one
that involves a prop! Be watchful, these moments
jump out at you when you least expect it.
next time...enjoy your life! After all...we are the ones
Comments? Snide Remarks?
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