Archive for December, 2009
In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible cresent) after the Vernal Equinox (the first day of spring). For most countries the official day of celebration is marked just 2 days away from today, on January 1st.
It’s a symbol of renewal and an opportunity to plant new seeds of thought, a new way of seeing the light in things … So in keeping with tradition I’m taking some time this week to reflect on 2009, in all it’s way, to review what it brought and what I’ve learned from it. And as I till the soil with 2010 just hours away .. and water the thought … and nurse the vision for another day …… I realize the answer’s been in the seed all along.
Happy am I, healthy am I, holy am I.
Here’s to endless possibilities! – Michele
“Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.”
-Alfred North Whitehead
May your lives be illuminated this year!
As the days of freezing rain, slush, sleet and snow arrive in New York City, I like to console myself up with memories of warmer climes. This is my interpretation of a mango tree – the ones that hung over the back porch of Marg‘s brother Billy. Man, just reach up and grab a mango for breakfast – no shoes required. Love it! I don’t know how anyone gets motivated to do anything but relax down in St. Thomas, with such beautiful weather and mangos literally falling in your lap. This is part of a memory series of paintings that I’ve been working with on and off for a few years now. I figure, if I can’t be in St. Thomas now, I’ll paint me some mangos and wait the winter out! – Veronica
Four Angel Drawings, Three Happy Dancing Doves, Two Japanese Dancers and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” -Hebrews 13:2
“All the Utopias will come to pass only when we grow wings and all people are converted into angels.” -Fedor Dostoevsky
“Every blade of grass has an angel that bends over it and whispers, “grow! grow!” -The Talmud
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” -Luciano de Crescenzo
A great quote for Christmas, and a perfect one for the annual Christmas installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I drew this angel.
It is so beautiful. A Christmas tradition I try not to miss.
See more of my angel drawings -Despina
Sunday morning we made sure to set the alarm for 6am. Anticipating the first snowfall this season, (I mean real snowfall, the kind that makes you think twice before leaving the house) we wanted to be out, and out early, to seize the offer. We couldn’t deny that precious hour just as day breaks. With the simplicity of Sunday morning silence and the opportunity to experience it magically magnified by the buffer of fresh white snow, this was the kind of day that makes it so easy to hear your soul speak.
We were not disappointed.
So today being the first official “FULL” day of winter, (as it ever so gently arrived yesterday around noon) I thought it a perfect op to share one of my mid Sunday morning memories…. With an arsenal of hot chocolate, a few pencils and my handy dandy notebook I drew my Dad, (one of my favorite people to draw) shoveling his way through the thick of it.
May the wonder of the season fill your heart with creative possibilities! If Sunday was any indicator of what’s to come it’s sure to be a memorable one! Wishing health and laughter to all – Michele
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Wishing you all peace and joy in this holiday season and into the New Year. – Veronica
Three Happy Dancing Doves, Two Japanese Dancers and a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Margaret
My Holiday card. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season. -Despina
Believe it or not, it’s perfectly legal and not frowned upon to draw in casinos. I couldn’t believe it, I thought I’d be denied for some “security” reason, but nope. The casino workers were more than accommodating, and off I went. If you enjoy interesting architecture and even more interesting people, pick up your pens and get on a plane.
Here is a drawing I made at Caesar’s Palace. Even the scary guy in the middle didn’t bug me.
drawing by Greg Betza
Far from the frigid cold of NYC, 90 miles south of Tuscon is this small (but INCREDIBLY dynamic) city called Bisbee. For those of you who know it, I feel the bond already. For those of you who don’t – IT’S A MUST ON YOUR TRAVEL WISH LIST! Combine the splendor of the Old West with New York grit, merge it with the rolling hills of San Francisco and the shadows of copper mines once treasured and you’ve found it – Bisbee, Arizona – and maybe me in 20 years living a dream.
The drawing above was done on a leisure Saturday afternoon a few months back while Chris and I sat in the Bisbee Coffee Co. and enjoyed the sounds of some Southwestern strings. Him with his “double up tall whipped something something” and me, the yummiest hot chocolate ever! – Michele