Sunday, June 21, 2015

"Signs" of Respect for Artists and the Arts!

 I was having such a colorless, rough weekend until I stepped into Trader Joe's grocery store. I sampled some wine and got into a conversation with the friendly guy who was handing out the wine samples. I commented on how gorgeous and well done the signage was all around the store and how it turned an everyday grocery shopping experience into a pleasant gallery visit.
 That's when I was told about how Trader Joe's hires artists to do their advertising while they also work positions in the store! Trader Joe's suddenly flew to the top of my list because they respect artists and give them opportunity to express their talents...not only in this one store...but I'm to understand this happens in all Trader Joe's!!!! How many grocery stores...let alone businesses... give artists that kind of opportunity and respect????
 When I purchased my groceries I brought up the gorgeous artwork to my cashier. Before I knew it she had the artist...who was working in the back of the store...come out to meet me!!!! (That cashier was such a thoughtful lady to do such a thing...both for me and the artist!)
 The artist was a sweet, humble young lady named Stephanie Spensley. I told her that her work should be in galleries. She said it is!  http://www.stephspensleyarts.com/
 The kindness and support of her fellow workers who talked so highly of Stephanie and her work (because they both deserve it)....the idea that a grocery store is so cool that it gives hugely artistic talents exposure and opportunity... and just to witness how fellow workers respect each other in that store made my otherwise challenging weekend turn into excitement!
 I don't have a Trader Joe's where I live. Where I live is saturated in mostly Dollar Stores. I just wish more businesses would give art and the talents who create it, the opportunity to utilize their gifts like this!
And I adore when I get to meet the talents behind the work and find they are humble and kind. I hope you check out Stephanie's work and also that you frequent Trader Joes because they are a rare grocery/ business who supports artists and has workers who respect customers and each other! More of that in the world!!!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Thank you, Danny Gregory!



I heard Danny Gregory in an interview talking about his new book, "Art Before Breakfast." It seems my needs and his book matched pretty well, so I bought it. I wanted to get back into sketching again, but life kept getting in the way. It sure makes sense to start each day before breakfast doing a sketch for a few minutes. This exercise is called "Ground Hog Day" where you draw the same household object over and over for a week. It's amazing how this poor little tea kettle was taken for granted for so many years until Danny caused me to pay attention to it in detail. Now it's my supermodel.

 I got a little carried away with this exercise and did more than a week's worth of tea kettle sketches just to get back into various art supplies that have been sitting for quite some time. I'm enjoying the short bursts of sketching focus first thing in the day. It's a welcome addiction that makes me want more.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day to You!




I'm a huge fan of recycling and love to turn old recyclable items into some type of art. I also go to great lengths to take recyclables I won't be using as art materials to the recycling center.
Today, while celebrating Earth Day, I was thrilled to find this wonderful service sponsored by H and M. We need more companies doing their part to help the environment like H and M! Bravo!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Accepting What Is, Birthdaywise

                                          Anyone remember growing up with this brand of potato chips?

NPR had a contest a while back asking people to come up with better names for people of my age group and above and you know what? Nobody could come up with a kind name for this age. They offered “Senior Citizen”, “Golden Years”, “Active Older Adult”, “Aging”…there are no kind words to honor people of this age group. I can’t think of any either.

In centuries gone by, white wigs were worn to honor the wisdom of age…but, in general, if people didn’t live as long back then as they do now, I wonder what age the white wigs were honoring!

So on my milestone birthday coming up, I’m not feeling the number I’m given or the ads I’m getting in the mail. All I can think to do is to incorporate my experience into my career (that I’m lucky to have at this age) and make sure I treat all ages with the respect and understanding they deserve.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dining Out in this Era

     I like this era because no matter where you go...you can be with who you really want to be with....otherwise, how do you think I was able to take this photo?!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Formula: Creativity+Talent+ Teamwork = Magic



Have a beautiful New Year!  I hope 2015 brings you as much fun, cooperation and creativity as this!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Surviving Life’s Challenges


                                                                       Life sure can have the potential to stink sometimes!

When things in life go sour, one helpful way of getting through it is to listen to someone else’s life issues. Usually that makes our own disappointments seem so small.  If you’ve been honoring your creativity long enough you already know that life’s pain is no stranger on the path to creativity.

I recently found the “Death, Sex and Money Podcast” done by Anna Sale. She is an excellent interviewer who seems wise beyond her years. She asks poignant questions and gets deep truths out of all her interviewees. If you appreciate honesty and learning from others’ experiences you will enjoy this podcast.

I’m posting this episode as an example of the touching depth Anna gets out of her interviewees.  I have to credit the interviewees for being brave enough to share their personal stories too.



I’ve always enjoyed Ellen Burstyn and her work. She seems like such a sweet woman. And how one can stay sweet with all that she survived needs its own award show. When will they have award shows like that?

There are many more interviewees who cross the line into Vulnerabilityland… like Bill Withers, Jane Fonda, etc. and some not so famous, but equally fascinating people who teach you what life is like from their perspective.

So whether you are trying to get through some painful challenges or not…this is a very magnetizing podcast that deserves attention.