Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Have Courage, Take A Leap Of Faith

"The most salient mark of a creative person... is not physical courage...
it is a personal courage, a courage of the mind and spirit,
psychological or spiritual courage that is the radius of a creative person:
the courage to question what is generally accepted; the courage
to be destructive in order that something better can be constructed;
the courage to be open to experience both from within and without;
the courage to imagine the impossible and try to achieve it;
the courage to stand aside from collectivity and in conflict with it, 
if necessary; the courage to become and to be oneself."
 ~ D.W. MacKinnon

This is a very short video showing a couple of shots of my new gallery at 33 South Main St. #HomeTownUSA #ArtOnMain in Medord, NJ 08055. The work in my #currentartshow will be coming down soon to make way for my new show, in #May2018 - #Hummingbirds #Hummingbirds_MagicIntheAir. If you are interested in viewing this show before it comes down at the end of April, email me at: We are #medfordartwalk in #artsytownusa, #destinationmedfordnj. Many of the paintings in this show, BOUNDLESS BLACK AND BRILLIANT WHITE are demonstrated in the 6th Week of My ECourse. Registration closes April 20th! #aiecourse #Fundamentalsofalcoholink at:

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a creative day!

X ♥  O

Monday, March 26, 2018

Shine Your Light!

"Those who are at times described as being
“too emotional” or “complicated” are the 
very fabric of what keeps the dream alive 
for a more thoughtful, caring and humane world.  
Never be ashamed to let your feelings, smiles 
and tears shine a light in this world."
~ Marc Chernoff

'Shine On" ~ 5 x 7" Matted Alcohol Ink Painting on Vinyl

 I love working on black substrates but the tiles limit us to a small size. This is one of my first attempts on mat black vinyl. The inks work good on the mat vinyl too. I ordered the 40 pack of glossy 12 x 12" vinyl and it's a great deal.  I'll cut them to various sizes - with 4 x 6"'s I'll get 6 pcs. out of ea. sheet for my studio classes. I'm gonna try it with my students on April 7th! I also ordered some black boards from Blick that I'm going to try too.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a really great day!

X ♥  O

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Strength Supersedes Struggle

"We grow because we struggle,
we learn and overcome."
~ Robert G. Allen

I am an avid collector of inspirational stories and quotes. Some of these treasures date back as far as high school. The really special ones have been read many times and I think of them often. A few of these pieces have even inspired my art and writing. It has been a while since I reread and posted this one, so I thought it might be a good story to go along with this piece. Many of these scenarios, like the one posted below, are "Author Unknown".


An Inspiring Story About How Struggles Strengthen Us

When he was a small boy, he had loved butterflies. Oh, not to net and mount them, but to wonder at them and their habits.
Now a grown man with his first son to be born in a few weeks, he found himself once again fascinated with a cocoon. He had found it at the side of the park path. Somehow the twig had been knocked from the tree and the cocoon had survived undamaged and still woven to the branch.

As he had seen his mother do, he gently protected it by wrapping it in his handkerchief and carried it home. The cocoon found a temporary home in a wide-top mason jar with holes in the lid. The jar was placed on the mantle for easy viewing and protection from their curious cat who would delight in volleying the sticky silk between her paws.

The man watched. His wife's interest lasted only a moment, but he studied the silky envelope. Almost imperceptibly at first, the cocoon moved. He watched more closely and soon the cocoon was trembling with activity. Nothing else happened. The cocoon remained tightly glued to the twig and there was no sign of wings.

Finally the shaking became so intense that the man thought the butterfly would die from the struggle. He removed the lid on the jar, took a sharp pen knife from his desk drawer, and carefully made a tiny slit in the side of the cocoon. Almost immediately, one wing appeared and then outstretched the other. The butterfly was free!

It seemed to enjoy its freedom and walked along the edge of the mason jar and along the edge of the mantle. But it didn't fly. At first the man thought the wings needed time to dry, but time passed and still the butterfly did not take off.

The man was worried and called up his neighbor who taught science. He told the neighbor how he had found the cocoon, placed it in the mason jar, and the terrible trembling as the butterfly struggled to get out. When he described how he had carefully made a small slit in the cocoon, the teacher stopped him. "Oh, that is the reason. You see, the struggle is what gives the butterfly the strength to fly."
And so it is with us. Sometimes it's the struggles in life that strengthen us the most. ~ Author Unknown

Did you enjoy this story? Have you read it before?

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a really great day!

X ♥  O

Thursday, February 15, 2018

"Forget Love ...

 I'd rather fall in chocolate."

"There are four basic food groups: 
milk chocolate, dark chocolate, 
white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.

Guess what I just had for lunch!
Giant Chocolate Mousse Heart Cake
Come on over, there's plenty to go around!

Hope everybody had a nice Valentine's Day!

Last Saturday's class project ...

Thanks for stopping by!

X ♥  O

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Who Are You? Who, Who, Who Who?

”The only person you are destined to become
is the person you decide to be.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alcohol Ink Tutorial From Week Six of the E-Course
 “Do whatever it takes to find the real you,
don't be daunted if the rest of the world looks on in shock.”
~ Stephen Richards

Do something for yourselfDiscover and express the real you!

Winter Class Opens Feb. 9th

Thanks So Much for Stopping By

X ♥  O

Monday, January 22, 2018

Getting Ready to Leap!

“To live, to TRULY live, we must be willing to RISK.
To be nothing in order to find everything.
To leap before we look.” 
~ Mandy Hale

Signs for my New Art Gallery at 33 S. Main, in Medford, NJ.
 And a new adventure begins ....

Sign Design for my New Art Gallery - Opening Soon!
This is my first project layering, cutting and applying vinyl.
After over a 20 year hiatus, it really feels great 
to be back in the sign making business.

"If we never had the courage to take a leap of faith, 
we'd be cheating God out of a chance to mount us up 
with wings like eagles and watch us soar." 
- J. Stephens

Thanks So Much for Stopping By

X ♥  O

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Master Key

"Love is the master key 
 that opens the gates of happiness."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Holiday gift suggestions:  
To your enemy, forgiveness.  
To an opponent, tolerance.  
To a friend, your heart.  
To a customer, service.  
To all, charity.  
To every child, 
a good example. 
To yourself, respect." 
~ Oren Arnold

X ♥  O

Monday, December 18, 2017

Gifts That Keep Giving

"Everyone has a gift for something,
even if it is the gift of just
being a good friend."
~ Marian Anderson

It is getting down to the wire for holiday gift shopping!
There is less than a week before Christmas and Hanukkah is now in full swing. 

Many people are now scrambling to find that elusive, perfect gift.
The gift that keeps giving isn't usually readily available at a store, however.
The perpetual gift is the present that will outlast the present and it often requires
more thought and insight as to how the recipient may benefit.

I have issued quite a few personalized gift certificates
so far this holiday season and suspect that the rush isn't over just yet.

And there are still a couple of spots available for my
Pre-Pay January Studio Classes.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
– Wiliam Butler Yeats
See more about getting your own personalized gift certificates
for art, calendars, supplies and instruction, in any amount here.

Thanks So Much for Stopping By
And Happy Holidays!

X ♥  O