Archive for the 'Journal' Category

Work Backlog

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

I’ve been busy creating but not posting. Here goes. “Under the Ocean” / 4″ x 4″ canvas panel with acrylic “Santa Cruz Harbor Lighthouse” / 5″ x 7″ canvas panel with acrylic “Beehive” / 6″ x 6″ wood panel with acrylic –SOLD “Botanical Treasures” / 10″ x 20″ stretched canvas with acrylic Untitled / 6″ […]

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Little Cityscape

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

“East River” / 5″ x 7″ canvas panel with acrylic And a bonus! This one will go to my mother, who was born in autumn. “Colors of Autumn” / 4″ x 5″ stretched canvas with acrylic

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Little Pieces

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

While I work on a larger canvas, sometimes I take time off from it to let my creative intuition develop. Yet there remains an urge to create. I bought some new paints and media to play with (Golden Clear Tar Gel, pouring medium, glaze, fluid acrylics). Here are three little pieces from recent days. This […]

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Abuddha

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Late at night alone I sit listening to the tock tock tock of raindrops dancing rooftop. The patter of rain drapes like a blanket over night’s shoulders — rhythmic murmured lullaby. This moment, awake. And this one. Now this. This moment too, eternal.

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Hazy Winter Moon

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

A small piece called Hazy Winter Moon, it’s 6″ x 6″ canvas panel with acrylic. “Hazy Winter Moon” / 6″ x 6″ stretched canvas with acrylic

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February Winter Break

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Some years, our family will “go to snow.” Last year there was none, so I took Claire to Los Angeles to look at dinosaurs. This year, despite there being plenty of snow, we didn’t get coordinated enough to go. We don’t ski, and there is only so much sledding one kid and two parents can […]

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Reflections on Sesshin

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Almost six years ago I sat my first sesshin at Hazy Moon Zen Center. I did not return, for many reasons and rationalizations. But when my teacher put a winter weekend sesshin on the calendar, I committed to come. It was wonderful sitting with so many people and creating community. These are some small reflections […]

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Comments

Friday, January 27th, 2017

I’ve learned I have some technical difficulties with comments here. I tried to fix the settings, but not all posts seem to allow comments without registering and logging in. No wonder I never seem to get comments any more! If you are participating in the Bloggy Bloggy swap, and the comments don’t work, please send […]

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Women’s March San Jose

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

It’s late, and I’m exhausted. I volunteered as a Peace Ambassador at the San Jose march. The march was vibrant with loving and festive energy, creative and clever messages, and a wide diversity of people. About 25,000 activists attended. The Resistance has begun. At the end of the march were speeches, and there were many […]

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Latest Work

Monday, January 9th, 2017

For the last few weeks I have been working on a painting using a new type of canvas (to me) made of Belgian linen. It is incredibly smooth, and the paint glides on and blends beautifully. So I chose a palette and began to see what emerged. Two nights ago, I dreamt that I was […]

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The Kind of Mystery

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

“This old Chippewa I know – he’s about seventy-five years old – said to me, “Did you know that there are people who don’t know that every tree is different from every other tree?” This amazed him. Or don’t know that a nation has a soul as well as a history, or that the ground […]

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Santa Revelations

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

We knew this day would come. We didn’t think it would be Christmas Eve. Claire began articulating suspicions a year ago. This year her friend in class has been arguing for weeks that Santa isn’t real. So, she began asking pointed questions. But she would ask the question and immediately follow with a rationale for […]

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The Feel of the World

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

“Sensations, from the beginning, involve a sort of doing. This means that, in an important sense, it is your doing self that brings your core self into being. You are responsible at the very deepest level for what it feels like to be you. But then, for your next trick, well, how about spreading some […]

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Meet Skittles

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Skittles the Christmas Spider And now, the Legend of the Christmas Spider On Christmas eve, a long time ago, a gentle mother was busily cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year… Christmas day, the day on which the little Christ child came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust […]

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From My Backyard

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Tis the season… “Once you taste the living truth, you are never again fooled by the imitation drink in the carton.” –Karen Maezen Miller

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