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Stay the Course

Stay the Course

I created this mandala a few months ago. But I want to talk about it now, because it represents an ongoing, recurring theme in drawing and life. This mandala started out with really fierce looking eyes that looked almost sinister. I almost abandoned it completely because it intimidated me. I wondered where it was coming from. But I liked the concept in general, so I decided to go back in and soften the eyes a little bit. Originally, I wanted…

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Inner Compass

Inner Compass

One of the great things about going on road trips is that they can be so refreshing and inspiring – so much so that they can give us a renewed sense of direction in our lives. The stirrings can be so great that we may even feel compelled to stay in this new place we’ve explored. But this may not be necessary, as long as we can take the feeling and memory with us. That’s the bird’s eye view, or…

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Shattered

Shattered

I don’t need a mandala to get centered this time. As Michele Obama said of the Access Hollywood tapes, this really shook me to my core. And the feeling burning in my belly this week tells me something is very, very wrong. I know exactly how I feel. And it’s our country I fear has lost its center. I need to write about this because my body won’t cooperate and let me vomit up what I witnessed on Tuesday night….

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Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

My family was visiting last weekend so I am a little behind on my blogging. But I did manage to draw a mandala while they were here. It was inspired by the Lucky Tree penny slot machine I was playing at the Hard Rock Seminole Casino on Saturday night with my parents. There was a tree at the top of the machine that kept raining gold coins down onto the reels that were covered with many of my favorite Asian…

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Stolen Stars

Stolen Stars

It’s not uncommon to have some regrets in life. And as a night person, I definitely feel like I am missing out on prime time. I would love to stay up all night if I didn’t have to get up in the morning. I was blessed to have a few periods in my life when I could indulge my inner night owl, my true self. I did some of  my very best writing at Penn State in the middle of…

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Catch and Release

Catch and Release

I have been wanting to do something with two fish interwined. The interplay between the dark and light fish reminded me of the yin yang, so I brought that into the center of the drawing, too. The expression “catch and release” kept coming to mind. And I realized the concept is just as much about the fish as it is the fisherman. The wise fisherman is happy to hold the fish or enjoy the catch. Or he takes only what…

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Symmetry Is Overrated

Symmetry Is Overrated

I’m still a little stuck on the rooster after spending last weekend in Key West. It’s funny because in Pennsylvania, where I’m from, chickens and roosters are commonplace. I can recall taking a class trip to a 4H club in grammar school. Our tour included learning about the chickens and the incubators. It was actually really interesting. The baby chicks were definitely a highlight of the trip, but in an educational kind of way. But in Key West, the roosters…

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