Friday, September 19, 2014


Just some more visual essay/collage exploration...............

Thursday, September 18, 2014

word play

This week I started getting back to one of those activities that I used to get lost in for hours and hours back in the early 90's ;) ...    Collaging!!!  This time I collaged without glue (perhaps then it's no longer a collage...hmmm).  Anyway, it was nice without the glue.  It was very fluid and allowed for movement and more than one possibility to explore text, sound, and form in different ways.   next step:  learning how to animate one of these "visual collages" and add illustrations.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The importance of play

Somersaulting.  What a funny little activity.  Go ahead and give it a try and see if changes your perspective on life just for a few minutes.  Just having your body engage in a playful, somewhat awkward childlike action (like a somersault) will inherently have an affect on you.  It doesn't have to be "childish"... animals do it all of the time.  It's called... fun!   Try it.

 Turn your world upside down and all around.  
Change your perspective. 
Get playful!


“Play provides freedom from time.  When we are fully engaged in play, we lose a sense of passage of time.  We also experience diminished consciousness of self.  We stop worrying about whether we look good or awkward, smart, or stupid.  We stop thinking about the fact that we are thinking.  In imaginative play, we can even be a different self.  We are fully in the moment, in the zone.  We are experiencing what psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls “flow.” …

Another hallmark of play is that is has improvisational potential. …The act of play itself may be outside of “normal” activities.  The result is that we stumble upon new behaviors, thoughts, strategies, movements, or ways of being.”     (pg. 17 from “Play” by Stuart Brown)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Traveling changes you.

Here are some pics and thoughts from my recent European travels.  I found this quote by Bourdain and it really resonated with me (see below).  Though, different than Bourdain's words,  I would have to admit that my recent travels in France, Germany, and Spain were quite "pretty."  But the important thing here is that indeed I returned changed.  I always do.  marked in body & soul.  so here are a few pics today.  perhaps more to come bit by bit in the days and weeks ahead :)....

ahhh vacation! = sitting down a bit and putting one's feet up!  
soaking in life.  quiet. the calm and drama of nature surrounding.  
Doing nothing: Not always easy, but so so good.

art work by an artist from Atelier Brut D'Expression (Nelly).

a remnant of the Berlin Wall.   Makes me think of gaps.  spaces between.  spaces and moments that give us a glimpse into something new... if we look close enough.

mountain profiles.  moonrise.  full stomachs.  the first few stars showing their light.  friends.  candlelight.  fire.  the Alps.  what more does one need??  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

exhibit news: GLAMFA

I'm excited to be participating in this year's GLAMFA (Greater Los Angeles MFA).  It opens on August 31st, starting with a panel discussion at 2pm.   If you can't make it, check out the GLAMFA website, where you can find artist bio's and portfolios.  Thanks to Dawn Ertl for organizing this exhibition & related events!