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Getting back in the studio

I have been away for a long time and now I am where I can create again.
Setting up the studio yesterday was a step back toward being myself. I have
so many ideas for painting that it is hard to know where to start. I am inspired by many things. Nature is probably at the top of the list. I love doing abstracts but I want to explore some new territory. Portraits interest me a great deal. This painting is a visionary piece I did a few years ago. It is called Earth Spirit. More to come soon.

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Spanish Archaeologists Discover 2,500-Year-Old Mummy in Egypt’s Luxor — Egyptian Streets

A team of Spanish archaeologists have discovered a mummy that could be at least 2,500 years old in the Egyptian city of Luxor, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities announced on Sunday. Led by Myriam Seco Álvarez, the Spanish archaeologists unearthed the mummy in a tomb near the temple of king Thutmose III. The tomb likely belonged to…

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Love is the answer

         I don’t know if anyone will read this, but I just thought I would write something. I haven’t for a long time. So, my chosen topic is: Love is the answer to all things. I have been told this many times but what does that mean, really? Here are some of my thoughts on the subject. Love has many ways of expressing itself, if we allow ourselves to let it do so. Love is often the motivating factor for making positive change in one’s life. In fact it is the motivating factor. It is the reason people strive for making this world a better place.

         Love begins with self. It comes from within and we express ourselves with love or without love depending upon any given circumstance. Many people are feeling stretched to the limit; these are stressful times. People do not always react in a loving fashion to their circumstances or others around them. They forget their true origins and their connection with their own divine nature. In this world it is easy to forget but now we are awakening to ourselves and our divinity. And still it is difficult to rise above it all and remain our loving selves. We remind ourselves everyday that love will find a way, even when we are not feeling very loving toward ourselves or our fellow human beings. We forgive ourselves and hopefully laugh at our own shortcomings and slowly pull ourselves up out of the quagmire of the world around us. Seeking the safe haven of our own heart and soul and the desires of our soul’s expression. I say this to all those who seek the answers elsewhere. The answers are always within you, no exceptions. You can ask any number of people what you should do, but only you can really answer your life’s questions. What makes a difference in your decision is what you base that decision upon. Sometimes playing it safe isn’t the safest or wisest thing to do. Love will take you places unimagined if you will only let it. Remember, you have wings. Jumping off the cliff might be the right way to go. Sometimes it is the only way. Even as I write this, I feel a little smile come across my face because I know I must choose something extraordinary to do with my life because that is what is within me to do. I have been teetering on the edge with indecision for too long and must choose carefully to make a successful leap into the happier life I seek. I must.

         We let our circumstances dictate to us instead of allowing our own inner truth to guide us on the path to a better way of living. Some are finding things easier and smoother than others. Those that are experiencing difficulty and are aware of their own foibles will wrestle every side of the argument to the ground before doing exactly what was in their heart to do, no matter how crazy it may seem, because it is the right thing to do. Now, there is a lot of love needed in this world. Being more loving to ourselves extends outward. There are so many people in severe circumstances in this world. Humanity is challenged as never before to end war, famine and greed and find solutions to our planet’s distress. This world is sitting on a precipice and we must all band together to renew and protect this precious ecosphere.

         Love must find a way. It is time to remove the rose-tinted glasses and see what is happening and how we must change to enable a sustainable world. It is happening in so many ways but there are still so many destructive forces rampaging the planet that must be counteracted in order for us to survive. I hope that humanity rises above the chaos of it’s own folly and opens once more to what it could be. We must continue to turn the tide toward renewal.

Art education and appreciation

http://artbookguy.com/contemporary-art-is-a-woolly-mammoth_1185.html

I thought this article was also noteworthy. He has some valid points about people’s attitude toward art today. My feelings arethat taking time to look at and understand art is like stopping and smelling the roses. People need to take time to digest art, question it, feel it, etc. Are people geared to stop and consider art in this fast food, digitally geared world?

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