Monday, September 26, 2011

Saint Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead Novena Prayer Candle

Something new in my Etsy shop!

Do you worship at the altar of Saint Jerry? Or perhaps you'd like to celebrate the Day of the Dead Grateful Dead style. Either way, this unscented 8" tall white wax votive candle is made for you.

Featuring my own artwork printed on glossy label stock with the following prayer written on the side:

"Reach out your hand if your cup be empty.
If your cup is full may it be again.
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of men."

Want one? You'll find it here.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rally on Wall Street Deserves Attention

Yes, Virginia, there is a protest going on! Wall Street, THIS weekend.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protests in Full Swing

Despite lack of coverage by major news channels there IS a protest by 10s of thousands of people on Wall Street right now. It's nonviolent and peaceful but determined. This first video shows some of the numbers of people there today but there's no useful sound. The second video is almost laughable in that it's SO peaceful they're all staying on the sidewalk! But the sound is good. They're chanting "We are the 99%" and "Pay Your Share!"

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Claiming the Change -- An Excerpt from "Waking Up in the Great Recession Mormon Desert"

An excerpt from our latest book...

Claiming the Change

Everything changes. That's a Buddhist tenet I've never felt very good about. Change isn't a favorite thing of mine to negotiate. But lately change is what we all need, what the Obama administration was elected to provide, and what many of us may be pinning all our hopes and dreams upon.

Yesterday I was walking with Paul down one of the country roads close to our house. It's quiet here. Paul wrote about the natural quieting down this creates in our lives and how it helps one look at the contents of one's thoughts in a recent blog. I got a great illustration of how that works while on this walk.

At first I enjoyed the scenery, the pleasant weather, and my optimistic point of view. “How nice it is to walk out here.” I thought. But then I had another, more insidious, thought process come in. “Oh, it's nice enough now. But what if this is where you had to stay forever? What if you and Paul never get out of this situation? How would you feel about this landscape then? Wouldn't it be boring to do this day in and day out?”

I immediately felt frightened, desperate, and almost completely miserable. . . and then caught myself. “Look at what happened here!” I thought. I went from happy and content to miserably discontent within the shortest time imaginable and NOTHING had changed except my point of view. My rogue thoughts had almost ruined my day but I decided to choose another way.

I experimented with other thoughts: “Maybe we'll love it here and will want to stay. Maybe we'll go. Everything changes. Why would I think this couldn't change, too? Maybe, I won't even want it to!”

Forever is a limiting point of view. The present moment always contains the seeds of change. Paul warns me that trying to predict the future, or worrying about it based on the false predictions my fear-based mindset would try to create, is a foolish thing to do. The best way to predict the future is to claim it. “Claim it” is the phrase my guidance insisted on when I was writing this sentence. I had planned to say “create it” but that’s not good enough. We need to insist on what we want to create. To intend it so firmly we believe it is our birthright. To claim it means “This is mine. This belongs to me and I deserve to have it!”

Waking Up in the Great Recession Mormon Desert is available directly from Paul and me here.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Psychedelic Sunflower Digital Mixed Media

Here's my latest addition to the Etsy shop I share with Paul. This is a photograph of a sunflower I have never been satisfied with. This time I decided to really go to town with it: layering effects using multiple filters in Photoshop, tweaking the color balance enormously, adding color where none existed, adding lighting and texture, and finally just drawing and painting on top of the whole thing. Then I had what I wanted. And it was very satisfying to bring more of the artist out into the forefront instead of just insisting on doing it the "easy", less time-consuming way.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Peep and the Boys Revisited

I like the brush strokes that can be seen in the details. Can't decide whether I like the program for wider views. I'll have to see one of these printed out large to be able to tell, I think. And for some reason Blogger is cropping the right side of all of these. Not sure what to do about that either.

Paul and the Hummingbird

I'm exploring new techniques for creating digital oil paintings. This is a composite of two photos, one by Paul and one by me. He used to sit on our front porch in Santa Cruz and take photos of the hummingbirds who liked the Mexican Sage planted there. This one bird found him and his camera fascinating and would hover in mid-air cocking its head while Paul took one photo after another.