Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A hug from far...

There is no greater blessing than birthing a child.
When I got married I was young and naive.
I thought having children was a given.
What did I know about the world?
All I knew was my own little corner
in Crown Heights.
I had never even gone overseas until I was married.
Seems impossible now to imagine
how information needed to be accessed through sheer will
versus today
when you can plop down in front of a computer
and sit in a chair
casually drinking coffee
as you access the entire world
without burning one single calorie!
And the years speed by,
making the memories of my youth appear so simple and uncomplicated.
There is still one basic human function
which never changes.
Having children would be the one life experience
that connects us to our ancestors.
There is no 'more improved' way to experience a natural miracle.
We all are one, united in that moment
when Hashem grants us the gift of life.
Allowing us to feel a tiny moment of creation in it's essence.
How grateful I am for this awesomeness in my life.
Having children
and watching my children have children.
It leaves me trembling with gratitude.
Nothing compares...
I don't live near all my grandchildren so I don't get to hug and kiss them as much as I would like.
What I do instead is KNIT.
Each stitch represents a little kiss I string together
to create something they can wrap around themselves
as a substitute for a hug.
When my grandson was born I made a soft yummy blanket.

A hug from Bubby.
I love this pattern.
Now he is  a year older and needs a much bigger hug.

Now here's a lot of huggin!
I hope I can keep making hugs for many years 
for as many miracles as Hashem will grant me.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Just waiting...

“You will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle.” 
― Shannon L. Alder

...And while I contemplate this quote I draw...

and draw...

 and draw...

and BTW
I'm working on the scarf you asked me to make for you.
You're going to wear it
till 120!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lemonade out of lemons...

"Life handed him a lemon,
As Life sometimes will do.
His friends looked on in pity,
Assuming he was through.
They came upon him later,
Reclining in the shade
In calm contentment, drinking
A glass of lemonade."

G-d knows we all get our share of lemons.

If everything was sweet 

What challenges would we have?

Where would our self esteem come from?
There is no greater feeling than 'I did it myself".
The harder the challenge 
the greater the feeling of accomplishment.
One of the ways I train myself is through art.
When I start a project I usually have no idea where I'm going with it.
Most of the time I'm satisfied with the results.
Not ecstatic but satisfied.
But I never give up on it.
Even when I think It's a wash
I try to make it work.
This last one took many hours.
At the end I wasn't crazy about it.
So I cut it into squares and VOILA!
A piece of unexpected art.
I particularly love the way the frame slowly 'appeared'.
Now I love this piece.

Bottom line is YOU GOTTA MAKE IT WORK!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I knew I was on to something good!

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal!
I knew I was on to something.
Now it's confirmed.
After all it's the WSJ!
Anyone that knows me can agree I could use improvement in my Focus and Memory.
Here's confirmation  I'm going in the right direction.
My latest Zentangle is a first of a kind for me.
It's really large.

I loved every second of the many hours it took to complete.

Let's see what this does for the memory !

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

All or nothing!

Bill Maher said it brilliantly here.
What resonated with me is that he said
Israel always wins.
Because they have NO CHOICE.
They either win all or lose all.
Isn't that brilliant as a metaphor for life?
We make commitments easily
and then change our mind
and want to bow out.
If we KNEW when we commit
that it's 100% or nothing
how much stronger and more successful
would we all be
in all we undertake...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

There is no peace while others suffer...

Worries  fill
my mind.
We are living in difficult times.
It's not easy to detach.
Exploring my own little art world really helps.
“Any fool can be happy. 
It takes a man with real heart 
to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” 
Flowers are what I love the most.
After all
flowers are G-d's way
of letting us know
that although the world
is oftentimes cruel
in all their glory,
is beauty at it's essence.
....because you can grow flowers
where dirt used to be...
And most of all -
your mind is a garden,
your thoughts are the seeds,
the harvest can either be
flowers or weeds.
I am obsessed with flowers.
I created a page in my
art journal
that shows just that.

and a fun piece ready to be framed.

Stamps are from one of my favorites http://donnadowney.typepad.com/
She has inspired me to go for it.
Just take a chance and make something.

This is definitely a favorite one for me.
Thanx for checking in with me.
Here's to Peace in the world.

“But I have come to learn there is no peace while others suffer.” 
― Lily BlakeSnow White & the Huntsman

Monday, July 7, 2014

Going on an adventure without leaving home!

What I love about my new art adventure is
daring to try.
I put a fresh piece of paper in front of me.
I have no idea what will happen.
I look around and see what inspires.
I start in one place.
I finish somewhere else entirely.
(Something like life itself).
This piece turns out exactly how I hoped it would.
Not because it was planned this way.
But because I followed my inner creative spirit.
I trust myself to know.
Yet when I begin
I have no clue where I'll end.
I laugh my way through it all.
Because it makes me happy
to see colors everywhere
no matter what!

'Every adventure of an artist should be the  expression of an adventure of his soul' 
                                                                                                        W. Somerset Maugham