Sunday, January 27, 2013

“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

I woke up early this morning fresh with inspiration.
This weekend I opened my eyes and searched for joyfullness in all things that came my way.
And find I did.
I found it in 'Shul' through Prayer, Friendships and a little bit of vodka!
I found it at home connecting with my beautiful DD.
On Lincoln Road,
gasping at the new design in the window of Anthropologie
talking to this artist in his studio at the ART CENTER on Lincoln Road.
stumbling across an outdoor concert of magnificent classical music
and by reading WILD by Cheryl Strayed from the first page till the last.
But most importantly
I am intoxicated with excitement
anticipating my kids coming to visit this week.
And that is what got me out of bed early
and with great enthusiasm
I created 2 layouts.
I want to remember how I feel today.
And I will.
Because of these works of love.
How will you remember how you feel today...

Our new baby is coming home to me.
I can't wait to see how she's grown and changed in the 3 months I haven't seen her.
I've bee working on this canvas all week.
Every day I look at it and add something else.
Until I feel like it's done.

So there you have it.
Now you know what I did this morning.

“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”

-Cheryl Strayed 'WILD'

Friday, January 11, 2013

“Which of all my important nothings shall I tell you first?” ― Jane Austen

I bet you knows what that word means.
Or do you?
Today, in 2013, when you say the word 'friends'
you automatically think of FACEBOOK.
How many friends do you have?
It's a competitive question.
And anyone younger than 30 knows this means FACEBOOK friends!
It might be more accurate to ask -
'how many close friends do you have'?
When you make friends in pre-school your needs are pure and basic.
be nice
share snacks
pick me first in a game
save a chair for me
never get angry at me.
Do it once and we are no longer best friends.
The most important thing for me in a friendship
is knowing that the more I talk to my friend
the more I find out about myself.

"The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own. "
~ Benjamin Disraeli

This is what I have learned to be true friendship.

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, 
we often find that it is those who, 
instead of giving advice, 
or cures, 
have chosen rather to share our pain 
and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. 
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, 
who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, 
who can tolerate not knowing, 
not curing, 
not healing 
and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, 
that is a friend who cares.” 

I am lucky enough to have a friend who guides me with these valuable lessons.

I love my friend.
I want to skip rope with her.
I want to share my muffin with her (if only she ate junk food like i do!)
I want her to hold my hand for the good and the bad.
I want to be a friend to her as she is to me.
When I ask her why she loves me she says simply're my friend...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” ― George Bernard Shaw

Last week I was asked to do an art/craft class with the girls from Chaya Mushka Seminary in Hallandale.
Now I'm no artist.
But I love making things.
Scrap booking  is my way of  expressing my artsy side.
Lots of people know this about me.
Oftentimes someone will express that I am 'talented'.
I always tell them it's not 'talent'.
It's 'interest'.
I'm interested.
Therefore I am talented.
Which means that anyone can express themselves in an artistic fasion.
Art is subjective.
It expressive the mood, the passion, the dream, the vision
of the artist.
Is there any one way to do that?
As many people as there are on this earth
is as many different ways there are to express art.

  • I know an artist who painted a canvas black, added a white dot in the center and called it art - he sold the canvas for $35,000.00 to an idiot who thought it was an original concept. To him, that is art. To me, it's a joke!
    A graffiti artist paints his masterpiece on your garage door. To him and people that admire graffiti, he's and artist. To you, he's a vandal. That isn't art on your garage door in your mind, it's just a bunch of  paint that you now have to scrub off.

    Which brings me to my point.
    All of you could make art.
    Try it.
    It's a blast!

    I started with old sheets of music and sprayed them with ink.
    (BIG MESS)
    Them I took a blank canvas.
    covered it with torn pieces of inked paper
    lots of Mod Podge.
    used white cardstock and wrote a quote.
    The girls had the best time.

Here are the ones I made as samples.

So many ways to express oneself.
  (this message is to my kids:
   if you have a favorite quote
   let me know
   I will make it for you!!!)
If you are not my kid
Well at least try.
E-mail me with any questions you may have.
I will help you get your artistic inner self going.
I know you have it in you...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013