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Today, the magical wedding of Kate & Will, royalty we can actually identify with, they are a couple that is authentic and real in their Love, & intention to make a difference in the world they touch. Which will be a very big one. I’m sure Princess Diana is smiling, any Mom would be.
Judi Knight at New Tricks is working on launching new website for me : RubySlippersStudio.net that will eventually merge all 3 of my websites. Will be much easier to view both galleries and blog without having to click links all over the place.
I’ve been up since early morning, in the stillness, time in the studio produces focus and clarity. I’ve been re-reading Love is letting go of fear, by Gerald Jampolsky, M.D., I intuitively turn toward his words, thinking of the contrast: simplicity of stillness and solitude versus connection and complexity. I am reminded then, as Dr. Jampolsky, states :
” Peace of mind as our single goal is the most potent motivating force we can have. Instead of having a single goal, we are all tempted to try to juggle multiple goals. Juggling can only serve to deflect our focus and increase our conflict.”
Again and again, first within, Peace of mind, my single goal, then all else. My moment to moment choice. Then: High notes of Clarity.
What a glorious Easter Day here in Atlanta. If Easter represents re-birth, this day does it justice. Last night I saw the Documentary, “I Am”, written and directed by Tom Shadyac, also the director of numerous successful hollywood comedies, such as Bruce Almighty. I mention this because Tom was living high on the hog in Hollywood with “lots of stuff”; 17 acres, 3 homes in L.A. etc, when he had a life threatening accident that motivated him to review where he was, where he is, and life. Out of this process, the movie “I Am” was created. He started out with the question “what’s wrong with the world” and came to “what’s right with the world”. In both cases, the answer is: I am. We are in need a re-birthing of Spirit individually and globally. “I Am” points in the direction of co-operation and oneness.
“Everyone needs to see this film!” Bruce Cohen, Academy Award Winning Producer (American Beauty)
Monday, April 25 in Atlanta, there will be a special viewing of “I am” to benefit the non-profit movement: the invisible children. Showing at: King Plow arts center 7pm -10pm. Prior to the film, the band ‘O’brother’ will be playing. This will be an evening of community, art/film, comraderie. Importantly all funds will go toward helping the thousands of children who roam in packs, alone, in Uganda.
Also, if you cannot make this viewing it is also show at Tara theatre.
Have Happy Easter.
Custom order floorcloths in process
My friend and colleague Sharman Colosetti, was visiting yesterday, we are doing a peer study series on EFT, I love learning with Sharman, she has an innate curiosity about life, a wise woman. Sharman was asking me about the story behind this painting, and said she loved hearing the stories behind my work. This painting is 5′ x 7 1/2′ and was done in 1986. This was a time of change and growth for me, my son was 8 years old, I was a single Mom and struggling to keep afloat. After leaving my marriage, I started a house cleaning business, which I called my single Mom’s and artist’s survival kit. I did well with my business and also was able to continue painting, as well as support myself and Zach. This was also a time for self-reflection and maturing spiritually, emotionally, for me. This painting represents my experience at that time, the feeling of aloneness, reaching out for connection, feeling the response in community that sustains. The two small figures at the bottom are copied from my son’s drawings of his ‘Ninja’ figures, they represent for me, and are totems of protection as seen through the eyes of my child. What Carl Jung, named, ‘ the luminous child’.
The title is a quote from : Adrienne Rich’s, Dream of a common language (the title itself an affirmation) : ” Know now that we have always been in danger in our separateness”.
This is a painting I did for my friend Judi Knight, Popeye’s quote is perfect for her painting title. Why? She IS who she IS. She is a Renaissance woman with many careers, therapist, designer, builder, mom, currently, Urban Oasis bed n’ breakfast & New Tricks social media marketing.
I have just completed this piece which I began in 1985. Many times I will work on a painting for years, I get to a point where it needs time, yes sometimes years. A metaphor actually for my life, that being here now, is a result of the many layers I laid down earlier in my life. Its a gratifying place to be for me. I’m also quite pleased to report, that all paintings do not take years and some just simply snap together. I still attribute even those to the many layers preceding. Namaste’
View Ruby Slippers Studio at the Indie Craft Experience: Wedding Day Hooray event
painting: The Color Purple After doing this painting I also did several floor cloths useing similar imagery/theme.
Callahan McDonough describes her ruby slippers studio for an artist studio showcase at the indie-pendent in Decatur, GA.
Judi Knight of New Tricks, shares a mod pair of Ruby Slippers while consulting with me on a new blog design. It turns out that I was able to show Judi a New Trick about posting a blog post to Facebook from my wordpress.com blog. Judi and Dene Shepherd tried yesterday to get Mark “Exit” Goddchild’s WordPress.com blog to post to his Facebook page and I fixed It! Yea! It turns out that if you put a link into the post and save it, go to the post in View, a box comes up that gives a choice to select it and it can post to Facebook or where ever.
Sherry is my longtime friend of 18 yrs. She has what we artists call a ‘good eye’. Often she is the helpful art critic I need to call on to decide if a piece is complete or not. She has a heart of gold and loves family, community, food, and Jewish Holidays which include lots of her yummy cooking. Hugs n’Kisses runner was done for Sherry. “hugs n’kisses” is one of her favorite good byes.
Hugs n’ Kisses for : Sherry
This is my Irish Sister Kate, I recently was at her house, the beautiful home of Kate & Lillie. I had not been there in awhile and it was a treat to get a good visit in with my dear friend. While I was there I noticed all my art on the walls and floors. Accumlated after nearly 30yrs of friendship. Hearing Kate talk about how she kept learning more about each piece and enjoying it is a big reason I love making beautiful art for peoples homes.
Kate & Lillie are community movers and shakers, founders of: www.bepresent.org
I’m forwarding you a wonderful website with beautiful art created by my Irish sister, Callahan McDonough. You may have seen several of Callahan’s pieces on my floors and walls. What I love most about Callahan’s work is that the longer I have had the pieces (some for as long as 28 years) the more I love them. There is just something about Callahan’s vision and spirit that captures something that makes art live with you. Take a look! Peace, love and blessings, Kate
Also available are from myself & Mike are wedding invitations, place cards, bridesmaid gifts.
Tarnower & McDonough Wedding Specialities.
This is a Wedding floor cloth I made for a friends wedding about a year ago. I was working on Karen’s, personalized, Wedding Gift, up to the last minute. The wedding was in Austin, Texas, so with paint freshly applied and floor cloth in hand we winged our way to Karen & Ken’s wedding. Everyone loved the floor cloth and urged me to market more of them as Wedding gifts. This week I finally got photos of the Wedding Floor Cloth and am putting them out there. If you want a special, artisian crafted wedding gift, that lasts for generations, this is it.
Last bits of cold, wintry weather exert itself. Spring begins to flirt. Again she unfolds. First the tease, to see if we remember, trust.
Judy Clements & Judi Knight of : New Tricks
Might not be clear in first and final photos, but very diffferent floorcloth from first. Good to see completion and in place in Judy’s beautiful kitchen.
The inspiration for this FloorCloth came from a set of beautiful tea towels from Anthropology that Judy Clements found on an expidition for cabinet knobs.
wallhangings & more
Floorcloths date back to the 1700’s. they were produced by artisans to add color to their homes and keep drafts from coming up through wood floors. They have made a resurgence in modern times as they endure the everyday wear of active households with kids, dogs, and muddy feet. They are ideal solutions for floor coverings for beach houses, vacation homes, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, kids rooms. Durability and style combined. Also great gifts for weddings,birthdays,births, and other special events.
A work of art that lasts for generations.
This floorcloth ‘New Stripes’ will soon have a home of Judy Clements, in the kitchen/great room. Judy is an interesting woman who is involved in the arts and theatre in Atlanta. Her home is full of wonderful objects d’art from around the world, with a generous representation of Atlanta artists. She has what we artists call a good ‘eye’. Its difficult for me to concentrate on anything but the art, it keeps calling to me “look at me” “look at me”,”spend time here, here”. My floorcloth will be in good company. My friend Judi Knight, recently did her Kitchen Art Magic on Judy Clements kitchen, like a good symphony conductor, the kitchen works well with all its surrounding elements. Total fun and gratifying for me to do this piece.<a href=“www.blogbyknight.com”>