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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wonderful Artwork to Raise Your Heart Rate and Keep You Warm

With such cold shut-in weather on the way I thought it would be nice to share a colorful, textural gallery visit to keep you inspired....
Last year I visited this bead shop and hiding between the beads for sale they had detailed, beaded works of art on display. This electric guitar, totally covered in bugle beads was a shiny, colorful work of art. It was no longer there this year and I wonder if someone is using it in a band or display. Can a guitar still sound right when covered in beads? I'm not sure.

So this year they had this very cool exhibit by Samara Kaufman. I love how her passion for beading took on a life of its own and she uses her pieces to support a charity!

I am only going to show a few of her pieces because it must be seen live to get the real effect and there are more pieces in the shop of bead magnificence to see.

     If you're in the vicinity of this shop sometime and need a dash of passion to keep you motivated....please visit Studio Beads. They have a world of beads, classes and cool works on display to keep you in Bead Heaven.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Quick Culture Fix

 This month included a fast weekend in my fave cultural fix city...NYC. The event I attended was a lifetime memory, however the photos are not ready so I will post the photos I took of the downtime between the cracks. Here is a Pollack at the MOMA. I love the body language of the viewers just as much as the Pollack.
I'm thrilled the MOMA does let you take photos on certain floors because I didn't want to leave NYC without a Warhol fix. I love how the viewer is a silhouette against the many flavors of red, white, black and gold soup cans.

 My fave travel pal and I went to Beads World only to find it moved! This is very recent. They're now at 57 W 38th St and no longer on Broadway.
They still have all the eye candy shiny beads, crystals, finding, tools and the like. A few things were no longer on display, but I'm keeping an eye on their site to see when they put it back up and just sell those items online.

Magnetized to the Art Deco of Bloomingdale's...I totally missed the Sephora store I was searching for! I was so busy taking photos of the iconic department store that I didn't realize my back was to the store I was trying to find. When I came back down to earth from the Art Deco-ness I finally found Sephora and got the mascara I forgot to pack for the trip. That's the fun of travel...what will I forget to bring this time?
There was much much more going on in the few days of the visit. I didn't take pix of it all though I wish I had. Especially the street dancers who did a brilliant job of making viewers laugh enough to shell out some funds. Anyone who can make people laugh in these times is a brilliant being and marketer. They were excellent hip hop dancers too.
Stay tuned for the main reason there was a trip to NYC in next month's entry.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Powerful Music to Keep Going on the Path

With such a challenging year, this song has been one of my go-to healing places. It reminds me that the more absurd things get, all you can do is smile.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rediscovering what's important

When a year becomes an emotional roller coaster what's important in life gets shaken to its core. Once in a while there's some time to experiment and try to see what still has importance. Design is a place I'm finding has a sacred space in my day recently. I keep up with Project Runway to stay inspired. I am blown away how Kini can make a masterpiece of perfection so fast...even in one day. I have all this help when I design and can't figure out why it takes me so so long to complete anything!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In Memory of....

Frank Lloyd Wright came up to my Mom when she was working in NY at an architectural firm, looked over her work and supportingly said, "Creating.... creating.... creating."
Albert Einstein said hello to her when he walked by her on the sidewalk in Princeton, NJ.
She told me how hard it was to get accepted as an artist in the 40s, 50s and 60s because if certain galleries found out you taught art...they didn't consider you a "real" artist!
Mom, a lover of art, nature, animals, her special family of friends she knew, and holistic/med-free living left us this month. The shock will never go away. Words can't express how much she was loved by her family and friends (human and animal). Mom, you were the highest quality work of art there ever was.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Home Maintenance as a Scientific Art Form

I have an unusual habit. Whenever I’m proclaiming to add a brand new focus into my lifestyle….. I find myself clearing out and cleaning the space where this activity will take place. When I find myself doing this clearing ritual…. I know my whole body and soul has committed mentally, emotionally and physically to this new focus.

Lately, life situations and events have been showing me where my life needs to go, focuswise. So, the clearing rituals are rampant! There is nothing like the FEELING of having a space that invites clear and organized energy for your new focus/activity to get into action. Who'da thought cleaning could be FUN????

I hope, if you’re not already a fan or subscriber of Clean my Space/Melissa Maker, that her work will become as addicting and inspiring to your well-being as it has for mine!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

She did it!!!


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Making the Invisible Visible

When I was a hotel singer I used to walk through the hotel kitchen to get to my job. A baker who I greeted nightly, once said to me,

“You sure are lucky. I have to be here slaving away for 8 hours a day. You just work for 3 hours and get to go home.”

I responded, “It may look that way, but looks are deceiving.” and kept on my route to my job.

This got me thinking. Things rarely are as they appear. This baker had it in her head that my job was easy and that I roll out of bed and just sing and go home. All the invisible work…the daily workouts to get the breath going, the all-important vocal warm ups, the researching and learning new songs for hours, the putting songs in my key on the page for the musicians to play, the nightly make up, hair, clothing and preparation rituals…. were all invisible.

This is one reason I was attracted to reading the book “Daily Rituals” that I talked about in the last blog entry. I just finished the book today and loved how each successful master of their craft created personal rituals based on their energy level, passion, dedication, addiction, obsession or deadlines.

The thing these masters had in common was they knew to honor their talents by arranging daily life to focus on them. Each in their own style….conservative or quirky, healthy or unhealthy.

I’d say the hugest thing that stood out to me from reading all the rituals was that a few of the successful masters had invisible support people behind them. Supports who did the cooking, meal serving, cleaning, everyday survival chores...some even giving up their own bright careers (or holding extra employment for income) to support “the alpha talent. “ A few supports received no gratitude in return either! Not all were like that, but now I will always think about the invisible angels behind the gifted masters. The invisible angels who made it possible for the masters to shine.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs inspiration and encouragement to keep at their passion. You are not crazy to honor your gifts in a serious way. And we each have our own way of doing it…or not doing it.

Of course, once I finished this book, I wanted more rituals to read because they were so entertaining. Hopefully Mason Currey will write another book on more rituals of the gifted...when he can fit that into his daily rituals!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Rich You Wills

I've always been fascinated by how creative people choose to spend their day. This book is a peek into the lives of many masters of their art form and how they schedule(d) their daily rituals. Some choose a path using some "help" to stay inspired that eventually catches up with them. Some exercise daily. Some sleep a lot. Some hardly sleep at all. A few may surprise you and make you wonder how they ever work on their art form with such a schedule!
 Daily Rituals: How Artists Work is writer Mason Currey's first book focusing on the working, living, and sometimes quirky habits of nearly 200 masters of their chosen field. A fascinating study of how artists choose their helpful and sometimes not so helpful habits. A book that certainly makes one reflect on their own process choices.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Happy Number Crunching

I understand how people with insomnia sometimes turn to prescriptions to get the sleep they need to make through the next day. But if you’re into natural cures…doing taxes…even with such cuddly help…is the best insomnia cure ever! 

Friday, January 31, 2014

Some Warmth Amidst the Arctic Freeze

Usually I avoid Winter travel. But this month we slipped in between the cracks of the ongoing Arctic Freeze to celebrate a special birthday.

Happy 90th to the one who:
  • ·      Raised me to consider the “make it yourself” philosophy when desiring a mass-produced item. She, being an artist, also taught me to purchase from fellow artists.
  • ·      Teaches by example… how to nourish our temple and take care of ourselves using natural options, avoiding prescriptions, if at all possible.
  • ·      Shares a love of nature and art that makes every day a multi-sense-filled experience.

    • ·      Surrounded me with creativity, art, dance, music, health, healing and beauty when not all in the world supported those things
    •      Stocked up on our fave comic books when we kids were out of school, sick. Yes comic books! (Richie Rich, Archie and Jughead, Little Lotta, Wendy, Casper the friendly ghost, for me. Peanuts books, Mad Magazine, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern for my brother.) These all were a huge childhood influence to my drawing.  She also made little books with original stories and we were to draw the illustrations. Kinda makes one too busy having fun to realize they’re sick.
    •          Put meals on the table despite an exhausting/demanding University schedule and later a challenging Jr High Art Teacher’s career.
    •           Is currently appointed mayor of bird, squirrel and chipmunk city by the local wildlife. She keeps them well nourished, as she has done with her family.
    • ·       Is responsible for my knit addiction that started when she took me to learn to knit at a local knit shop in 1965!
    • ·      Created sweet little drawings and notes I’d find in my school lunches. I enjoyed that so much I did the same to my little girl's school lunches. I would not be surprised if that practice is passed down to future generations.

    • ·      Introduced me to kitties which turned into a life-long love.

    This list is far from done. I know I’ll wake up in the middle of the night often and wish I added more to this list.

    Happy Birthday, Mom!  Thank you for being such a creative, artsy influence! I hope your birthday wish comes true!