BELIEVE IN BEAUTY

“I believe in beauty. I also believe that sharing of beauty will make all our lives better. Here is hoping that what I bring makes your life better.” The show will be up through the month of October in conjunction with the ART HARVEST STUDIO TOUR OF YAMHILL COUNTY.  http://www.artharveststudiotour.org

Life is wonderful

Singer songwriter Jazon Mraz understands. It takes a night to make it dawn,                                                                                                            And it takes some old to make you young It takes some cold to know the sun It takes the one to have the other,                                                                                                            fears to make you trust It takes those tears to make it rust It takes the dust to have it polished We live in a world of opposites, and I am glad of it.  The contrasts make life richer.  It takes the opposing side to foster a deep appreciation for what we have in a given moment. Opposites make life beautiful.  We hear them…

Think on theses things

Just recently I read an article how science research is showing that the words we speak actually restructure our brain.   Those positive words, when we dwell on them, changes the function of our brain and over time the very structure, so much so that it may affect the way we look at reality.  The same goes for those negative thoughts.  They stop our brains from operating the way it is supposed to. So I would think it also is with images. Ansel Adams once said “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is…

Believe in Beauty (or the goose that saves me)

“Beauty will save the world” These powerful words were written in a 1868 novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky by the name of “The Idiot”. I have this pastel drawing of a goose hanging in my room.  Every day, throughout the day this character brings a smile to my face.  According to science a smile stimulates the brain’s reward system and reduces mental and physical stress!  Now you are wondering what a goose has to do with Dostoevsky’s words? To me the goose is beautiful.  According to science the goose is healthy for me by bringing a smile to my face.  That…

Beauty surrounds us

We all have choices to make everyday.  Once made, even the little ones shape us into who we are becoming.  There is a lot of power in a decision. I choose beauty.  I choose to to see the beauty that surrounds daily.  Yes there are moments when all efforts fail no matter how hard I try.  These are the times when it comes down to literally “counting my blessings”out loud.  Life does that.  It becomes hard.  That’s when I make the choice to look for and to acknowledge beauty with gratitude.  And with amazement, because what I really am talking…

Believe in beauty

  “Every summer the lilies rise and open their white hands until they almost cover the black waters of the pond. And I give thanks but it does not seem like adequate thanks, it doesn’t seem festive enough or constant enough, nor does the name of the Lord or the words of thanksgiving come into it often enough Everywhere I go I am treated like royalty, which I am not. I thirst and am given water. My eyes thirst and I am given the white lilies on the black water. My heart sings but the apparatus of singing doesn’t convey…