Friday, January 31, 2014

Week 5 - Hand Lettered Homage To Pete Seeger

This week's simple hand-lettered piece is an homage to the late, great Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger, in case you didn't know, was a folk singer who had a great love of humanity, and who wrote and sang songs about justice and peace. He wrote (among many other titles) "If I Had A Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn" (which became a pop hit by The Byrds.) Pete revived many old songs that originated as gospel spirituals or songs of solidarity in early 20th century labor movements.

"Ain't Gonna Study War No More" is a line from an old gospel song that is also known by the title, "Down By The Riverside," as well as "Gonna Lay Down My Burden." Pete Seeger did not write it but he performed it as part of his repertoire.

I have a memory of seeing him on the NYC subway once, years ago. I was the only one who noticed him and what had caught my eye was his guitar case almost completely covered in stickers. I looked around to see if anyone in this fully occupied car saw who was riding the train with us and one. I looked at him and acknowledged that I recognized him and probably somehow communicated that I couldn't believe no one else saw him with my facial expression. He smiled back and seemed to put his hand up a little as if to say it's okay. It was a sweet tender moment and I cherish it!

Pete passed away this week at the age of 94. I feel his energy and love for humanity even more palpably present in the world now, in this aftermath of his leaving us. RIP Pete Seeger. Thank you for living your truth and loving humanity.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Week 4 of Hand Lettering Project - Living Your Dreams!

Discuss?!?! Okay, I'll go first! How does living your dream benefit you and others?....Well, first of all, of course, when you are living your dreams, that will be good thing and all. Also! will be an inspiring example to others around you, which, y'know, people need. And really one more will have created a rippling effect with all your dream-living vibrations of happiness and fulfillment...ripples of Daring and Victorious-ness that all living things will eventually be affected by. Oh will. To live your dreams is to embody your dreams, that is, to think and act with the confidence that they are real, even if all the pieces are not in place yet. And oh, in case you didn't know, this is one of the TOP-SECRET ways to bring them into reality. Live them, embody them, confidently step up and feel your way into them and watch the whole world change!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Story Of The Cat And The Moon

This video is stunning. Sorry I cannot figure out how to get the full width of the video to show up here, but you can double click on it to make it full screen on your monitor. You can also click here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

From The Archive: Some Figure Drawings Of A Full Figured Lady

Now for Part TWO of my art and blogging goals for being the Year Long Weekly Lettering Project, two is creating a post on my blog (possibly) everyday! But instead of putting all that PRESSURE on myself to do something every day and to be somewhat organized about it, and EASE into posting a specific subject on a particular day of the week, I present .....tada!......"From The Archives" Saturdays!!! Here are some drawings of one of my favorite body types to draw. I wish I could remember the name of this model, but she was fantastic, as you can see. Very relaxed, natural and beautiful! Enjoy!!! These are in graphite (one in white colored pencil and graphite, one with white highlights) on a buff colored paper. About 6 x 8 inches.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Hand-Lettering Week 2: You Don't Have To Be Tall To See The Moon

Here is my second hand-lettering piece for the year. "You Don't Have To Be Tall To See The Moon" is a sweet and yet profound sentiment that conveys the promise that while everyone may not have the same resources or opportunities, everyone has the same potential. And that means, that really..... anything is possible and any story, including your story, can have any ending! This builds on the first phrase - and the theme for the year - to Pay Attention To Your Dreams. Take your dreams seriously! Remember that no matter how small you may feel, your potential is infinite and you can reach your goals, no matter how far away they seem! On January 1, 2014, there was a new moon; this is the dark moon, when the light from the sun is blocked by the placement of the Earth between Sun and Moon. In various ancient traditions, the new moon marks the time for starting things, for putting things into motion which will come to fruition in two weeks when the moon is full and round and fully reflecting the Sun's light (and more longer term plans as well.) The new moon happening on New Year's Day is a rare occurrence; the last one was 19 years ago. It is said that it can add more power to your plans for the coming year. Whether you believe that literally or not, you can be sure that as humanity awakens, dreams do have more power behind them for coming TRUE! The moon has always been an object of fascination for humans since the dawn of time. I believe that there is power and guidance available through our connection to all of Nature including our dear neighbor the Moon. Sit quietly, gaze out the window at the Moon and ask her what she can help you with. Let her mystery and magic reflect back to you quiet answers. And remember: You Don't Have To Be Tall To See The Moon; you can achieve your dreams.

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014's Theme: Pay Attention To Your Dreams

In the past few years, rather than come up with resolutions for the New Year, I have been getting a word or phrase that becomes a theme for the coming twelve months. A couple years ago it was "Have More Fun," and then another year, "Find Joy." Simple ideas, yet they provide a frame for all the experiences to come. This year, during the last two weeks of December, the phrase "Pay Attention To Your Dreams" has floated into my consciousness and has lingered. This phrase has become a catalyst for two things. First, it's the theme for the year, in and of itself. I think we all know how easy it is to not give a lot of weight to some of our dreams. Especially when we can get caught up in the day to day details of living. So this phrase will be my touchstone for 2014, and if you would like to borrow it, it can be yours too. The second thing this phrase catalyzes for me is a particular dream that I have been harboring for a while now. I have always wanted to do a series of hand lettered quotes and phrases......(you see where I'm going with this?) This piece of hand lettering is going to be the first of 52 weekly hand lettering samples that I will do in 2014. Every Friday morning I will post a hand lettered quote or phrase. They might be inspirational....they might be funny. That is one dream that I am taking action on now. Please join me in my journey and see if there is a dream that you can bring into fruition this year. Happy New Year.....and please.....Pay Attention To Your Dreams~!