What is art?
June 23, 2011, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Art

My doodlings in a class by Jill Bliss.

I love this question-I have really thought about it over the four years since it was posed to me.  My daughters went and go to a high school that requires four years of art, which I think is a big reason for their success and one of the reasons we chose and choose to send them there-on their first day of art their first year the teacher asks the question: What is art?  They then have to ponder that and ask people at home what their definition of art is.

One reason this crops up in my mind right now is that Ai Weiwei has been released from Chinese custody to house arrest-will he ever be allowed to create again?  I love his visions and what he has created, but there is a nagging question if a person has the vision but contracts with others to create the art are they the artist?  I am not talking when someone licenses their work and it is clear that the piece isn’t an original. There is a very famous artist that I really love his work until I saw a documentary on him and found out he doesn’t really do the work he supervises others doing the work.  Needless to say I was disappointed.

Someone asked me if they could help me with some leaves that I am making by painting green dots and then white dots on cut out leaves. I graciously thanked them, but hesitated to accept help because then I didn’t do the work on the original so then am I the artist or the designer?  Is there a difference between an artist and a designer?  I know that Ai Weiwei doesn’t do all of his work himself he has the overall vision and then implements the vision-this is one of those big questions that I mull over frequently.


This blog has some great photos of Ai Weiwei’s work.


Cupcakes are always good!
June 21, 2011, 3:35 pm
Filed under: Family Life

The Amazing Cupcakes at the Senior Luncheon


June 20, 2011, 9:13 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

That is how I am feeling with this blog, but I am going to make myself get through it.  Years ago I had a blog and wrote in it several times a week-I even spent some time writing lists of what I was grateful for each day and posted them. Lists are always a fall back position and I am sure I will be utilizing them again-I could list my current paint colors (FYI my favorite is Golden’s Spring Green) and my paint color wish list.  I could list my dreams.  I could list what is inspiring me right now. I could list all the different plants in my yard.  See I can do lists.

I know a photo is something that I love to see on other blogs, although that retro Poloroid is over done already.  I usually have time to write while I am at work and don’t have access to my photos except from my phone.  Photo tonight or tomorrow I promise and since I have no readers it is a promise to me!



Life Changes
June 18, 2011, 12:41 am
Filed under: Family Life

Me: Those new Jose Cuervo billboards don’t really entice me to buy tequila.

My daughter: Uhhhhh-Mom, I don’t think you are the demographic they are aiming for.

Me: Well I used to be.

My daughter: When?

Us V. Them
June 13, 2011, 7:29 pm
Filed under: Inspiration

This is not the direction that I wanted my blog to go…all the information on blogging that I have read would caution me against posting this, yet I feel really really compelled to put this out there no matter that I have no readers.  This is supposed to be a blog about my creative artist journey and if I were a more skilled writer I would be able to tie this into my creative artist journey.

So this has been eating me recently-one of those things that has kept me up at night or more accurately woken me up in the middle of the night-we have to stop this Us versus Them mentality. We are on the road to destruction as a group-together-all of us-a species-spiritual beings-collectively.

This idea, which isn’t new or even original, started with me years ago when someone asked me why we should support people in other nations – in other parts of the world- when we couldn’t even feed everyone here in our nation?  I argued-national boundaries are arbitrary – someone who needs help doesn’t care where they are.  They just need help as a group we must help all of those in need if we are able.  If you have more than one pair of shoes then you are able to help others.  That has always been my line in the sand-more than one pair of shoes and you are blessed then “required” to help others.

Back to Us versus Them – I see this all of the time in the news countries fighting, political parties fighting, organizations fighting, couples fighting, children fighting-how can we expect to survive as a species (and protect the species around us) if we continue to pull each other down?

This is my vow to the world “I will help and support everyone that I come in contact with to the best of my ability. I will speak positively and work towards the betterment of all.”


One website that really resonated with me this morning is Metta Drum-this guy is lovely and realize from reading his stuff that all of this Us v. Them attitude that we have starts within each of us.

June 6, 2011, 5:00 am
Filed under: ME-all about ME

Hopefully all of my wild thoughts will somehow become cohesive while I am writing this but I won’t hold my breath.  I have had some whisperings and nudges and quiet thoughts that have started to get louder and louder in my mind and in my life. Things keep popping up in front of me and pointing me towards a creative life. A life that has never seemed possible to me for me.  I have been watching other people from afar have a successful creative life.


If I had the life that I wanted I would be making enough money selling my art to support our family.  I would be spending 50% of my time creating art and 50% of my time promoting the art. We would have a studio/living space that is integrated because I don’t like spending time separated from what is going in our house. (Ideally in Hawaii, but more realistically here in Oregon). This is what I would do if I were doing what I wanted.




Guilty Pleasure
June 2, 2011, 5:00 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

What constitutes a guilty pleasure? Who decides what it is?  I guess it is the person enjoying the pleasure.  Some people wouldn’t consider sparkling water and lime to be a guilty pleasure maybe just a plain pleasure.  But when someone imports water from some other continent and in glass bottles that has to be wrong-that is where the guilt comes in for me. I prefer to buy local food and items not  imported AND I don’t buy water except when traveling and I don’t have any choice (like I forgot my water bottle). If I do have to buy water I do prefer that it is European and in glass bottles though.  Hummmmmm I doubt that lime is local-don’t have many limes here in Oregon although we have tried to grow them over the years.  So  here it is my current guilty pleasure.