Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tradition (Day 21)

"What an enormous magnifier is tradition! 
How a thing grows in the human memory 
and in the human imagination, when love, 
worship, and all that lies in the human heart, 
is there to encourage it." 
~ Thomas Carlyle

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Day Of The Dead~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Inks and Watercolor on Yupo paper

I am a big Halloween fan. In fact, it's our favorite holiday around here. I start decorating in July and keep adding to it throughout the fall. Most of the decorations are left up until Thanksgiving. Day of the Dead is just an extension of Halloween for me, since I don't actually practice it. I do really like what it stands for though and think that the D.O.D. traditions, the visuals and the decorations are divine!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Spirituality (Day 20)

It is not art in the professionalized sense 
about which I care,
but that which is created sacredly, 
as a result of a deep inner experience, 
with all of oneself 
and that becomes 'art' in time. 
~ Alfred Stieglitz

~~~~~~~~~~Legend of the Dreamcatcher~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Inks and Watercolor on Yupo paper

I have been on the search for "Spirit" in my life and in my art process for many years. From my personal collaboration of different beliefs, mainly found in earth based primitive cultures, I find my comfort and my inspiration. Many of the beliefs and stories of the Native American tribes of North America express my inner most feelings and resinate with a deep ancient truth in my being. Since June of 2000, after a series of life changing events, I believe that "Spirit" has had a heavy hand in shaping my voice in art. I try to stay receptive to the flow and ask for guidance and enlightenment along my path. Ideally, through my art metaphorically, I become and continue to be the spirit warrior, on the hunt for spirit knowledge.

"Art is something about the spirit. If you want to make something that has a spirit, and speaks to the spirit of other people in the world, you have to touch it; you have to physically address it. If you don't; if you just crank it out, it becomes merely a product." ~ Shary Boyle

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Friday, September 19, 2014

A Pirate Legend (Day 19)

Sing a song of sixpence
A pocket full of rye
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie

As with many others, this little nursery rhyme
does not have such innocent beginnings. In the early 1700's, it actually started as a coded message used by the legendary pirate,  Blackbeard, to recruit new crew members.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A Pirate Legend~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Inks and Watercolor on Yupo paper

So today, we all say Aaaarrrrgh Mateys! 
Aye Aye, today be 
Be sure to spread th' piratude ya scallywags!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's Fun -Talk Like A Pirate (Day 18)

"Creative ideas flourish best in a shop 
which preserves some spirit of fun. 
Nobody is in business for fun, 
but that does not mean there 
cannot be fun in business." 
~ Leo Burnett

~~~~~~~~~~~~~Talk Like A Pirate Day!~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Inks and Watercolor on Yupo paper

Tomorrow, September 19th, is 
International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Ahoy! The point of talkin' like a pirate, is well, that there really is no point in it matey; except that it be loads of fun!  Aye!! It be one of me favorite 'olidays! It be the one day of the year that all ye swashbuckling landlubbers can shiver yer timbers and practice yer piratude! So tomorrow, be sure to raise a mug of grog and make a toast to yer Jolly Roger, me hearties! Aye Aye, Cap'n Happy an' yers truly will be doin' our best to spread the pirate lingo and jollification everywhere we go; at home, at work, on the phone and to every scurvy dog we meet. So listen up buccaneers and wenches, brush up on yer pirate lingo or be a bilge rat and walk the plank! Aarrr!

an' Cap'n Happy

Cap'n Happy says, "Speak the lingo, or walk the plank! Aarrrgh!"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Amusement (Day 17)

"Let us move together playfully
 Children once and now again 
Renewed to love the Mother 
Earth, her moon and sun." 
~ Tony Anony

~~Kokopelli's Nightime Magic~~
Alcohol Inks and Watercolor on Yupo paper

Everyone has heard the phrase; "All work and no play, makes Jane a dull girl." However, what if all you do is work, and it is actually your play? Would you still be considered dull? Is it important to diversify our amusement, in order to become a well-rounded individual? Do you think playfulness is a necessary ingredient in the creation of art? What do you do for amusement?

By amusing myself with all these games, 
all this nonsense, all these picture puzzles, 
I became famous.... 
I am only a public entertainer 
who has understood his time." 
~ Pablo Picasso

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Attitude (Day 16)

"Love what you do. 
Believe in your instincts. 
And you'd better be able to 
pick yourself up 
and brush yourself off every day. 
While life is not always fair, 
it is manageable. 
It is a matter of
attitude and confidence." 
~ Mario Andretti

~~~~~~~~~~~~Kokopelli's Daytime Magic~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Inks and Watercolor on Yupo paper

Our attitudes shape us more than any other personal characteristic. Aptitude for something will make the job harder or easier, but a strong motivation can help overcome restrictions. In the end, it is only with a positive attitude that health, happiness and success can be accomplished. 

"Your attitude determines your altitude."
~ Zig Ziglar 

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