Saturday, November 16, 2013

You Are the Entire Ocean


"You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop." Rumi

So much love. xo

Friday, October 25, 2013

Love Bug


This started as the next monogram series, really, it did, but the letter "E" just didn't excite, entrance, elevate or embrace me today. Nope. Instead, I did what all organized  & prepared artists do (insert eye rolling snort laugh), I followed the muse that wanted to be expressed. A vintage bug chart. Handmade oversize metal letters our local thrift shop is selling. A chair I've been coveting on Pinterest. Chalkboard walls. And painting class. So happy to be back in class with my kindreds and our ever patient, tea and cookie & laughter providing mentor, Suzanne.

"Love Bug", 18 x 24".

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Monogram Paintings A-Z: The Letter D


Dreamer is what I think of when I see or hear the beautiful words "dolce far niente", the Italian fine art of relaxing, comfortably idle, not "doing" but lounging in the sweetness of just "being".

Dreamers, loungers, Sunday readers, artists, sky watchers, poets, writers, sitting on the dock of the bay watching the world go by-ers, revel in this moment. xo

"D", 16 x 20, acrylic on canvas. xo

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Monogram Paintings A-Z: The Letter C


The Motherland is calling me home today. Could not resist these Hudson Bay blanket chairs &...the rest is Canadiana history. My painting teacher is about to leave for a week long trip up to a famous log cabin (my parents) on Vancouver Island (my home) so there is lots of chatter today about the awesomeness of all things Canadian and their friendly peeps. Oh, go on. No, really. Go on.

There is something so nostalgic about those felt chairs, that signature yellow, red, blue & green stripes that we (the Canadiennes) grew up with, probably not even knowing how iconic they were. They just were. Wasn't that the requisite blanket at everyone's nana's house...or neighbours...or summer BBQ?

I love that Canadians are reverse hip. I miss living there. I love it here, in the U S of A, it has its perks for sure, but I'm proud to flash that navy blue passport with CANADA embossed in gold. I love landing at YYR & all signage is bilingual. And the chocolates are Rogers, the tea is Murchies & the Pacific ocean circling Vancouver Island is in my blood.

Oh, Canada. xo

18 x 24, acrylic on canvas.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Monogram Paintings A-Z: The Letter B


B is for Beauty & Blessings. It's also for bare feet, beaches, breezes, & boats. And for buoyancy, bubbly, bouquets, blogs, breathing, balmy, bonanza and BAM!

Letter B is brought to you today in form of acrylic painting, pink & green & all things mid-century modern, 18 x 24". xoxo

“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart”
Rumi

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Monogram Paintings A-Z: Letter A

I've been feeling a little without a creative rudder with my 100 paintings finished...still puttering, getting pieces ready for shops & shows, but there is something about a project I love & feel energized by...especially a 26 painting project, conveniently one quarter the size of my previous one. Live & learn...

My fondness for letters & monograms, eclectic rooms and their vintage treasures hit me like "I should have had a V-8"....doooohhhh,,,,of course! And The Monogram Paintings were born. No deadline, no format, just the ABC's & hopefully some numbers & symbols for good luck!

Coming soon to a boxed set of notecards near you. (I think. I hope!)

A is a for absolute abundance & the art of allowing.

Here we go again!
Love, M. xo

Friday, July 5, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #100


When I finished this painting this afternoon, the hundredth, the hunsky, the finale, the Kilimanjaro of my artistic project trek, I had a million eloquent thoughts swirling around my head about completion, creativity, & following your dreams. It sounded really good on Channel Brain, while sipping coffee staring at a shrub in an outdoor cafe. I was freaking Annie Lamott & Julia Cameron's love child.

But this is now, actual fingers touching a key board and all I've got is: I done. I tired. I happy.

I actually have verbs too but I'm too lazy or drained to include. I have been thinking about what I've learned from this painting project, why I did it to begin with & what unexpected developments have come forth. 

Here are a few, in no particular order:
1. Start where you are. You're never ready.
2. Making art is showing up. Sit down, make a date, hire a teacher, hang with a friend, listen to a book on CD for company if it helps but it only gets done if you're there too.
3. Do the thing that feels right in your heart. Perhaps an obvious one but many of my past creations were inspired by what I thought I wanted my art to look like, not what came out of me. Don't get me wrong, I'm frequently disappointed & discouraged that I was not born with the last name Matisse, but I can say, that what I paint is me. 
4. Buy good materials when you can. They make you feel like a rockstar.
5. Be inspired by other artists. Nothing is original. We're all figuring this out, borrowing, giving away & finding our own voice in the process.
6. More is more. If I liked painting something once, do it again! And again! And once more for good luck.
7. Be open to synchronicity & say yes.  If unexpected gifts, requests or messages appear because you're doing something creative, it's a sign you're onto something. I can't count how many spectacular surprising wonderful things have developed since this project began. 
8. Trust & cherish your muse. Having a small select group of fans/supporters & people that love you big time keep the creative juices going. There will always be nay-sayers but the front row seats in your life are on the ones that matter.
9. Good, schmood. Is it "good"? Meh...I dunno. Keep going & one day something will be! It is commonly believed that it takes 3 years of regular practice to be a painter. I'm thinking that's on the short side. But, the big but, do it anyway because you can't improve if you're thinking about it. 
10. Gratitude. This project has started & finished during several roller coasters in my life & I am so grateful for the people who cheered me on, believed in me, encouraged me to follow my passions, speak my truth & share my unique vision with the world. My heart is full & I am so very thankful to these angels on earth. xo

So there she be. One Hundred Paintings, not exactly in a day, but one hundred total. I am grateful, I am thrilled to have followed through on it & I am blown away by the magical events that have been born out of this. In the next few weeks, I will launch Carpe Diem Papers, a greeting card company based on my original paintings. 

I think I should add #11 to my list: Miracles Happen.

So much love,
Mindy xoxo

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #99


Someone bought a new tube of paint! The gals at Michaels surely think I'm having a second childhood when they see me coming with these electric hues but I love them & have so much fun playing.

I'm continuing on a collection of marquee letters & whimsical still life creative spaces. Not sure who lives in this neon pink floored home but whoever it is, they channeled me this afternoon.

Number 99 here. Wow. Feeling sad & glad that this project is one painting away. The transformation in my life & art since beginning this is charged, vibrant, more alive, which is maybe why I'm suddenly drawn to this electric palette. But for now, on this blistering hot afternoon in Ashland, Oregon, one shy of the big 100, I introduce "Pink Sitting Room", 11x14".

“Spend the afternoon, you can't take it with you” 
 Annie Dillard

xoxo

Friday, June 28, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #98


I was recently included in the Uppercase magazine annual publication of Work/Life3 for 100 featured up & coming illustrators & artists. (Thrilling! Exciting! OMG-worthy!) The assignment, along with sending files, interview, Q & A, was an original painting or illustration assignment specific to their theme they chose for us. In perfect synchronicity, mine was called "The Illustrated Life"...which is what I nickname or describe my new card line, Carpe Diem Papers. Having said that....I am not able to post the illustration until the issue hits the stands in September but it's given me a surge of ideas & inspiration that are similar to what I created. And this, "XO" in marquee lights, is a tribute to that.

It is an illustrated life, pieces of me, pieces of home, artistic spaces, & the quirky coziness that many artists create around themselves. Our nooks, our walls, and yes, our gold poufs, are our sanctuary. This, and a series to follow, is my tribute to still life on a wall & all the love it requires to show up, do your art, your business,  & your beautiful illustrated life. xoxo

"XO", 18x24", acrylic.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #97


Of all my paintings I've done in this long & winding art project, my quirky buoys, have attracted the most attention, questions, clients & sweet nostalgic response. Who knew, we love floats! So a small series it is. This is 18x24" & I'm loving the neons & aquas & sherbert palette.

My friends Michael & Albert opened a new boutique, second location of ElizabethW in Carmel this weekend & I am over the moon happy to have my cards and collection of paintings featured there. Mr. Fedex picks this one up along with it's other nautical buddies this week....

xoxo

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #96



I wear the same necklace every day, a double pendant of round discs, that has this quote. It's a silver disc with a gold pendant overlay with a compass embossed on it, reminding me of my direction, my true north. It's a touchstone, a reminder I hold on to every day. There's something comforting & inspiring about this message & piece of jewelry: a combination of the adventure spirit soaring through me & the steadfast belief that I am sailing towards my dreams.

"You are the master of your fate and the captain of your soul." Henley.

Oh, yeah!
xoxo



Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #95


Playing & painting with stripes today. And quotes. And boats. (But of course, said the horse.) This is one of my long-time favourite sayings, it says it all, the dreams, the wishes, the hopes &...hopefully the delivery of the former. Things, and by "things" I mean career path,  have changed for me in the last couple of months & many of these beloved quotes have gone from wall-hangings & inspirational Pinterest posts to real life, Holy Crap Batgirl, it's all happening, fasten your seatbelt & let the good pour in. I've always been an optimistic person but more than ever lately, I've had to have faith, trust & a . knowing that this quote can & does come true. From Stella Terrill Mann's lips to God's ears!

Love always. xo

Monday, June 17, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #94


This is the lovely Miss Olivia. She belongs to sweet Chelsea & has recently left us for animal heaven. Chelsea's dearest friend, who happens to be my dearest cousin, commissioned this little piece as a gift, reminder, a tender token for a wonderful life together. I have such a soft spot in my heart for our fur friends, it is a joy to paint these pieces, to bring a little smile in an otherwise sad time. Olivia, you are fabulous, furry, dreamy & ready for an adventure with your feathers & head-dresss. Hugs & kisses.

"Miss Olivia", 8x10, acrylic.

xoxo

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #93


 This is my shout out today for feeling like a kid, in the best way, laughing while painting as I google "cat in clothing" (normal activity, right?)

Being a grown up is so over-rated. I think we're all just big kids playing adult dress up. When my glamourous nana turned 85, I remember her looking at me and saying, "Mindy, when I look in the mirror, I am 30...or 15...or 50...sometimes my body feels older, but I am always me. The same as when I was a kid." It was a profound moment, realizing that we're always us inside, the sparkle that makes us us, just gets brighter.

You look fabulous! Yes, YOU!!! xo

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #92


I experienced an act of kindness today that was perhaps small to the person who delivered it, but was huge to me & left me feeling so grateful. You just never know how you'll touch someone, a smile, a thank you, gentle instruction on how to do something better, guidance, kind words or a little you're ok, I'm ok buddy punch on the shoulder.  Thank you. xo

"Kindness", 8x10"


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #91



Art is messy & surprisingly un-beautiful in the traditional sense of beauty. My makeshift studio, affectionately called "the living room" boasts a beat up table that was once a door that someone ingeniously hammered onto four legs. There are dozens of half squeezed tubes of paints, dirty paint water in one of my can't have enough vintage canning jars, brushes that have seen better days & stacks of journals, art books, ephemera & magazines for inspiration. All of which mostly sit there while I flip through my iPad & create smudges all over the screen. Neat freaks, avert your eyes!

But it's all beautiful in it's messiness. It's real, it's awkward, sometimes it's a flow, sometimes it's a mad desire to combine orange & pink, aqua & lime for no reason at all. But it does wash away the dust from every day life. xo

"Paintbrushes", 8x10".

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #90

This aqua vintage canning jar is on my art table filled with sweet peonies, droopy & lovely, picked from my garden. And loveliest of all because I don't really have a garden (by choice, the green thumb skipped a generation) but I do have dirt & by some miracle, a stunning peony bush (plant? tree? shrub?) bloomed like a fresh flower market in a far corner of my front yard. I'm not questioning, just picking stems, saying thank you to the flower fairy & enjoying every lovely moment of them. xo

"Peonies in Jar", 8x10"


Monday, June 3, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #89


I can't explain how cool this image looks in the original photo I found--a beach house or shed or studio with an oversize flag made out of vintage nautical flags draped over the front. Something is lost in translation perhaps...as in, why would a giant flag cover the front of the house...? But, I'm sticking with it and asking questions later. I added the sign & the anchor. I'd be ok coming home to this after a day at the beach.

Keep smiling. xo

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #88

"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy". Rumi

How true. Paints are moving, business plans are forming, shows are being booked, paintings are being sold & joyful unexpected moments are revealing every day. Rumi is more eloquent but I guess you could also say, row row row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream. "Pink Rowboat", 8x10".

So much love. xo



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #87


Going back to my collage & ephemera roots today for fun! I recently sold this little piece & it reminded me to try another globe....I have plenty to choose from in Mindy's Museum of Odd & Unnecessary Objets & feeling that wanderlust & travel bug...xo 

"Globe", 24x24", acrylic & mixed media.

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ernest Hemingway




Saturday, May 18, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #86


"Sail on Silver Girl, 
Sail on by 
Your time has come to shine 
All your dreams are on their way 

See how they shine 
If you need a friend 
I'm sailing right behind 
Like a bridge over troubled water 
I will ease your mind 
Like a bridge over troubled water 
I will ease your mind"
Simon & Garfunkel

"Silver Girl", 8x10"

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #85


Who doesn't love a canary yellow punch buggy? Makes me smile & laugh just thinking about these funny rides, conjuring memories of my first car, a 1970 banana yellow VW convertible, a car so adorable & so dysfunctional I needed to buy a second scrap heep VW just for parts!!!!!! True story.

"Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine." Lord Byron

And yes, I misspelled "medecine" and will re-do. Lol. xo

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #84


My dear friends Michael & Albert of ElizabethW in San Francisco have requested more San Francisco imagery for their shop. Not only do I Heart SF, I Heart requests like that so I'm on it! First of a series: sailboats, rowboats, docks & cappuccinos sitting on the dock of the bay coming up. Happy Saturday. xo

"Hark, now hear the sailors cry,
Smell the sea and feel the sky,
Let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic..."

"I Heart SF", 16x20", acrylic on canvas.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #83


Aqua typewriters & vintage wallpaper are two of my favorite things. Dug through some vintage ephemera today & found rolls & sheets of fabulous wallpaper that I've been "saving", for what, who knows, but got them messy & had fun tonight. Feeling sentimental, a little homesick but grateful for the small quirky things that I love. "I Keep Your Letters", 8x10", acrylic. xo

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” 
 Vincent van Gogh

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #82

It's my Nana's 95th birthday coming up (95! hello good genes, fingers crossed she's sharing!) & I've been playing with her palette, imagery & ephemera she's fond of in hopes of putting a little artistic birthday care pack together for her. "Les trois fleurs": vintage french ephemera & acrylics, 5x7". xo

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #81


This is Rocky, Suzanne Etienne's beloved dog who left us last month. He was gentle & loving & is dearly missed. In my book, pets are fur people, part of our family, the loving thread that stitches our story together. This is for you Bob & Suzanne (& Moo.) xo

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #80


Please meet "Don Quixote". (Say it fast, it makes more sense.) He is a wee donkey painted in large scale inspired by the animals at my mum's farm in Colden, NY. He has been many iterations, shades of pink and a great exercise on painting over, having fun, letting go and laughing your ass off (pun intended), while painting. The new catch phrase in the studio is "I'm going all Don Quixote on his ass!"  When you say out loud, "Should I stop?" and you don't because painting a garland offlowers in a donkey's mane is absurdly funny for no reason at all, you're on the right path.

I have never read "Don Quixote", probably won't, but have a fondness for the character now that he has been immortalized. And this quote, this says it all. xoxo

“Thou hast seen nothing yet.” 
 Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

"Don Quixote", 30x36"


Friday, March 22, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #79


I did this painting several months ago, sat on it, thinking it needed that thing, that quote or that background wallpaper or...turns out I'm leaving it as is. When I had it photographed, there was something quietly elegant about a Little Black Dress sitting on a chair. And so she sits. "LBD", 20x28",  acrylic on canvas.  xo

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #78


And then there were four. I'm not sure if my parents remember this, but many moons ago, they (maybe so long ago it was Santa?) gave me a child's portable plastic Royal-lookalike typewriter. There is a picture of me on Christmas morning in pink pj's, age 8 or 9, staring at this 1970's version of a lap top, totally mesmerized & in love. I am kneeling down, fingers on keyboard, mushroom bob haircut poised for my bestseller back cover shot & I was hooked. Ever since then, consciously or not, I have had a soft spot of nostalgia for typewriters. They seem to attract kindreds & kindred hobbies--like stationery, letterpress, mail art, vintage finds once found in a classroom. They are all over my home, taking up valuable space my cat would otherwise like to sun-bathe, but c'est la vie, they are part of me & I am still  hooked after all these years. The promise & symbol of the bestseller lives on. Or at least a stylish ransom note. xo


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #77


Last September I traveled to Paris. It was everything one hopes & dreams a "I went to Paris"sentence will entail: delicious food at Parisian cafes, world class art galleries, museums, cobble street roads with bakeries, patisseries & charcuteries, afternoons watching the world go by sipping a cappucinno and this: this little sailboat cart in front of the Jardin de Luxembourg. A cart of vintage sail boats for rent, 2 euro for an hour, wind-powered and pushed off the dock (pond) by sticks, really, a beat-up antique stick! (I'm sure there is a frenchy word for sailboat stick but I don't know it) As simple as this little event was, it was the single most memorable & sweetest memory of my trip.

I pushed that little boat out onto the water, watched it zip past the other sailboats, narrowly miss the fountain, listened to French children laugh & yell & run to the other side to push off & there was me. A 40-something woman watching the sails in her boat, looking over my shoulder at the Palace, the expansive green lawns with matching sap green chairs, the Parisians reading, writing, sleeping, taking the world in, in this magnificent outdoor living room they share with their neighbours. This was one of those moments you know is "the moment". It's that good & perfect & you take it all in one frame at a time.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” 
 Henry David Thoreau

Paris Sailboat Cart, 16x20", acrylic. xoxo

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #76


Pugs, Corgis,  Old English Sheep Dogs and Brittany Spaniels...all breeds that have played a role in my life, all quirky & lovable dogs & without a doubt, cuter in clothing because dogs in clothing, that's normal, right? Another weekend of painting, these are the peaceful & sweet hours in life. xo

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.” 
 Charles M. Schulz

"Les Chiens", 30x30", acrylic on canvas.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #75


Forest Green Hunters,  Lilac Socks, Burberry Skirt...sure, why not? Experimenting with chalk board paint as background & I like it--makes for a nice smooth background. I've had these Hunters for a while, have great aspirations of wearing them cute-like with a skirt & crazy socks but real life has decided that they look better propped up against my wall in my bedroom & immortalized in a painting. Real life on a Saturday afternoon apparently takes place in work-out clothes & neon pink Nikes. A girl's gotta move! xo

And as always: "Keep true to thy dreams of they youth." Friedrich von Shiller.

"Green Hunters", 16x20", acrylic on canvas.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #74


I'm not sure how to begin explaining this painting other than...um, cats in clothing crack me up. It's true. And dogs. But cats especially. I was flying home from New York this week and googling "cats in berets", "cats in boots", "cats wearing clothes" (you get the gist), and the gentleman beside me was eavesdropping with his eyeballs, looking at my iPad, then at me, like the weirdo I must be, but that's ok. We all have our quirks. So here's the result of my love of tea parties, playing dress up, funny felines, Breakfast at Tiffany's,  crazy color, and most important, staying true to childlike wonder.

"In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow." Papiha Ghosh

"Tea Party", 18x24", acrylic on canvas.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #73


Yes, they do. Or I like to believe they do & that's all that matters today. I'm practicing & remembering the art of being in the moment and these little pieces, cakes, typewriters, still life collections of flowers, they are sweet reminders of the simple things, the joy in the doing, the being, the results will figure themselves out all on their own.

"So you see, imagination needs moodling--long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling, and puttering." Brenda Ueland

Sign me up!

"Dreams Come True", 8x10" acrylic on canvas. xo

Friday, February 1, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #72


Before I left last week on my work trip to NYC, I was in a flurry of creativity, finding subjects that spoke to me and painting a series...and the winner this week is....vintage typewriters! I really enjoy painting in collections, it's a fun, freeing process that reminds me how fun art-making is, how color changes everything, how simple quirky gestures make an inanimate object "speak". More where these came from....but for now, "Pink & Grey Royal", 8x10", acrylic on canvas. xo

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #71


I have a stack of various shaped canvases that are partially painted, primed or finished and not quite right or I've lost inspiration, momentum, who knows. Last night, I took a stack of these abandoned little guys and painted over them to give them new life. So much fun!!! Painting over a canvas has always felt a little "uh-oh" to me, but I'm learning from several artists, that it is fact, liberating, and one of the best ways to start a new direction. So, here's the first re-paint--not sure what lived under it but one of my favorite icons, vintage Royal typewriters decided to pay a visit. Here's to recycling. "Aqua Royal", 8x10", acrylic on canvas. xo

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #70


Home with that cold-flu-whatever-you-have-thing, & posting the rest of my still-life series from the weekend painting class. Botanicals #3, 8x10. I think I'll make these into cards, a Floral Four Pack perhaps? xo

Monday, January 21, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #69


The second of a series of four still life florals. Not sure what I enjoyed painting more, the odd & perfectly mis-matched vases or the sweet groups of flowers. I feel a floral phase coming on....or not. But for now, Botanicals #2...it's siblings, #3 and #4,  this week. xo

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #68


Today I painted still-life florals from a selection of perfectly mis-matched charming vases and quirky containers Suzanne set up for us. Turns out I enjoy this process a lot! Not sure if it's the speed in which I could do 3-4 small pieces in an afternoon, or the lush colors i could create with my new liquid acrylics (where have you been all my life???) or painting from something live in front of me. This is the first of four: Botanicals #1, 8x10", acrylic on canvas. xo


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #67


Stripes, patterns, pillows and...cat. One more for the collection of comfy chairs. Introducing "Stripes", 16x20" acrylic on canvas.  xoxo

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Painting a Day Project: #66


Some days of painting are easier than others...this was the other. As in, ouch, uncomfortable, start over, why-did-i-pick-this-image, I-didn't-know-bodies-lying-down-were-so-hard-paint-kind-of-day. Thank goodness for Harney & Sons tea and shortbread cookies from Harrod's offered up by patient saint of a teacher Suzanne, or there might have been a melodramatic hand to the forehead. But I persevered on this big canvas, big for me, 24x20", and feel amazing, relieved, spent and exhausted having finished in one afternoon. 

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.--Martha Graham

Ain't that the truth, Ruth?

Welcome to the club, "Girl on Dock", 24x30", acrylic on canvas. xoxo