The Pseudonym a Necessary Tool

11/6/17 Did you know a number of women Abstract Expressionists resorted to changing their names to combat oppression by their male counterparts? Not an uncommon act throughout history really, but it’s always interesting to see this documented and validated in writing.   The artist I have featured here is Michael West (1908-1991). Michael West was […]

A Provocative Pumpkin – Yayoi Kusama

10/9/17 Provocative is a great word to describe Yayoi Kusama and her art. At 88 Ms. Kusama’s work is in the collections of museums around the world. Just last month The Yayoi Kusama Museum opened up in Tokyo,Japan. I was drawn to this piece because of the pumpkin motif and it being October where the […]

White Slats and Winter

1/25/2017 Notes to Myself: How is it the white slats of my Adirondack Chair are glistening in the sun at the end of January? It’s beautiful but I don’t like it. Not for now! Not for January. Where is my winter? My snow? Is it among these slats of white? Or has it slipped through […]

Change is Inevitable!

5/22/15 Notes to Myself: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” John Lennon Change is inevitable no matter what I do or don’t do. Most change is infinitely small and only noticed at various tipping points where the sum of parts seems to suddenly take effect. It’s like looking in the […]

Becoming Undone

1/22/15 Notes to Myself:Sometimes I find my artistic expression mirroring my internal journey. I don’t always understand or see it. On occasion there comes a signpost of awareness direct to my heart and spirit. Affirmation of the path emerges. Lately I feel as though I am becoming “undone”, broken, exposed and vulnerable. Pieces of me […]

The Wonder of Color #4

“Natures Gifts” 2014 cjm  “I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ― E.E. Cummings   Today’s poem is not a poem but a heartfelt sentiment from E.E. […]

Talent – Does it Matter?

“Talent is a snare and a delusion. In the end, the practical questions about talent come down to these:  Who cares? Who would know? and What difference would it make?  And the practical answers are: Nobody, Nobody, and None.”Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland Talent isn’t something I’ve thought about in a […]