Thursday, November 26, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
As cool as it gets.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Drawn with eyes tightly shut, color and details added with eyes wide open.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
We don't have to be exactly alike to be friends.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
When I first started this painting and was in the initial stages of layering, three figures stood out, and the word "soar" popped into my mind. I continued to paint and they continued to remain a presence. Last night I photographed it, turned off the living room lights, and went to bed. This morning as I ate my breakfast I looked at the painting from across the room, a good twenty feet or so, and noticed that there was a cross on the top figure. I had not noticed it as such during any stage of the painting. It was simply another bit of under layer. So as a person who has not embraced any religion I was left in a state of wonder. Not only wonder, as in awe, but also wonder as in "I wonder if I should diminish its appearance in some way." But my painting had told me last night (yes, my paintings communicate with me) that it was finished, and so I am listening.
Recently I wrote a piece for a group I'm a part of. "Faith" was the topic. Here's an excerpt:
"I don’t have a big picture feeling about faith in regard to faith religion-wise, though I do believe there is something bigger, some sort of guiding force. Faith when used in the context of “I have faith in,” does hold great meaning. I have faith in friendship, faith in the ability of people to choose to do good things, faith that things tend to work out, faith that expressing my gratitudes and intentions bring great beauty to my life, and faith in myself."
Saturday, October 17, 2020
As you go to the polls hold all children in your hearts.
Their future world will be reflected in your choice.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
There is beauty in our pain and there is beauty in our recovery. There is beauty in our fear and there is beauty in our confidence. There is beauty in our incompleteness and there is beauty in our being whole. There is beauty in our sadness and there is beauty in our joy. We are beauty.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
This piece has been sitting on my art table for a couple of months. It started as a palette for another painting I was working on, then I did a sketch and added a few highlights, and then it sat. I would look at it each day and this person I'd drawn would look back at me. I thought that certainly more was needed, that it was lacking in layers, but those eyes stopped me every time I felt the urge to add more. Today I finally listened and realized that this piece had been complete for quite some time.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
"These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them."
Our world, our society, one another...we are feeling these pains that are impacting our minds, bodies, spirits. I am hopeful that we will have the wisdom come November to listen to these messengers.
My heartfelt thanks to a dear friend who dropped off the cutest little owl that was the inspiration for this painting. It was just what my heart needed.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Out of my comfort zone...I think that's what creativity is for me these days. I tiny side step here and there, testing the waters, trying things on for size, being comfortable with being uncomfortable, and learning from all of it.
"Out of My Comfort Zone"
Sunday, August 16, 2020
It's always an honor to be trusted with someone's image. I really enjoyed doing this commissioned piece.
I love this little girl's awareness that she is witnessing something so incredibly special. She radiates wonder, joy, and patience.
"Wonder, Joy, and Patience"
Saturday, August 8, 2020
I was incredibly fortunate to have been asked by Art Spark Texas to do an artist talk this past week. I was in the middle of the piece below on the day of the talk and I wrote several passages before my talk about how thankful I was for the opportunity to share my journey and process and how thankful I was for those who would attend (and also those who would see it on YouTube when it's posted). After my talk I began drawing and then painting flowers. It's a lovely thing to be experiencing growth during a time when there is so much chaos. Thankful.
Image description: pink flowers with long stems over a blue, yellow, and pink background with minimalist writing and white paint splatters.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
This time our Community Conversation will be with Artist and Writer Kali Parsons who will be talking about her art and will show some of her work. Kali is also an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher with AISD's Zilker Elementary School.
Joining us will be Artworks Director April Sullivan and moderator Outreach Director Susan Slattery.
Artist Elizabeth Decker will get us started with a creative prompt, so have some paper, markers and/or pen or pencil handy. Then we will share those with the group.
We are looking forward to another creative Roundtable with you!
"I live in Austin, Texas with my husband, dog, two cats, and a chicken named Phyllis. I am a writer, artist, and special education teacher working with young children with disabilities. My writing and art are forthcoming in Down in the Dirt magazine.”
Information about her work can be found here: http://www.kaliparsons.com
Community Conversation with Kali Parsons
Wed, Aug 5, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
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Friday, July 31, 2020
Sunday, July 26, 2020
So this is the corner of a room. The back wall is the chaos that is always the wallpaper of my mind these days. The flowers and painting are from my business cards. The bit of music is from an antique choral book I have. The rest is cut up paper I have from my scrapbooking days.
Friday, July 24, 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020
So, friends, I wish this for all of you.
Monday, July 20, 2020
Over time I've had to come to terms with the fact that everyone is not, in fact, like me. For others a widened bubble of family and friends is their comfortable risk level. For some backyard pool parties is their comfortable risk level. And for some going places without a mask is their comfortable risk level. Aside from that last one, and maybe a the one before the last one, if I'm really being honest, I'm having to become OK with what others choose to do.
Non risk taking and rule following me is doing her best to breathe through all the decisions I cannot control. Deep breath in...deep breath out.
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
I'm not quite like the me I knew before all of this, but I'm me...ish, and being me-ish is a good thing.
Monday, July 13, 2020
This school year my students will be being dropped off with a shielded and masked teacher that they may or may not recognize (even though I will be doing a Zoom meetings with them before school starts showing myself putting all of my PPE on). They will have just been through whatever screening protocols the district decides upon and gone through some process of getting to my room. Being upset by this transition is to be expected and understandable. In the current crisis requiring distance, how can I comfort my students and keep them and myself safe. How can I lean in and be part of a tangle of arms? How can I reassure parents that it's going to be OK? It's possible that some of my students may be able to wear a mask, but it will likely be beyond many of their comprehension, tolerance, and ability to do so for an entire school day, and probably won't be required by the district anyway.
So much to think about and this is just the first five or so minutes of each school day.