Good bye Summer Hello Fall 2011

Summer seems to fly by some years; this was one of them for me. Meanwhile, I welcome the Fall air, and with a group of friends and the guidance of  Kashi Yoga, Swami Ja Devi  I have begun a short but intensive detox regimen.  Ten days to eat ‘really clean’, meaning steamed veggies, herb teas, rice, and other simply cooked foods.  An important part of the  daily discipline is an hour of Yoga.  All of this for me is about health, Spiritual connection and grounded momentum  for my artwork.  This is the patio and two chairs that I sat on these past few months to create my ‘summer drawings’, and now it becomes my Fall drawing patio.

Feminism + Art

Feminism and Art, my current fav website:

the Brooklyn Museum/ center for Feminism Art

Yesterday stimulating conversation with  my friend Beth Lord, owner of the indie-pendent, about feminism, feminism and art, life. We both felt that it seems so few of us are keeping the conversation alive, and are online casino engaged in the evolution of what feminism has been, is, and will be. Yes, we responded to the limitations of women. We needed, and continue to need, to address those inequities for women, and for all human kind. Without advancing this struggle, we can neither survive nor thrive. Feminism in my view is about the aligned relationship with each other, the planet and our Source.

 

 

Plywood People Presents: Social Innovation

 

 Plywood People Presents – Social Innovation  – Atlanta, Ga., High Museum of Art

I have finally gotten time to dive into the book : WE FIRST, how brands & consumers use social media to build a better world , authored by the keynote speaker: Simon Mainwaring. I  have been impressed by the use of Social Media to create a greater good for ourselves and our world. No, I’m not saying all social media has that as a goal, there are many  great uses and some not so great uses for social media.  My interest in attending this conference is: how can I use social media to have a great life and  a better world.  Simon Waring is a thought leader who is blazing the way for better, ” With each passing day, it became more obvious to me – and to many thought leaders around the world- that the entire system of free market capitalism, as it is practiced in the United States and in many Western nations, is leading us further and further down the wrong path, toward a world dominated by narrow self-interest, greed, corporatism, and insensitivity to the greater good of humanity and to the planet itself.”  The shift that needs to occur is from “me first” to “we first”. “consumers and corporations need to become partners in re-engineering the foundation principles of capitalism to honor not only profits, but also purpose, mutual self-interest, sustainability, human values, collaboration and collective prosperity.”   He talked about our greatest leverage is what we purchase, that we might become ‘curators’ of  expenditures, how we engage in social media, not only by what we purchase but what we endorse. “Social Media is the technological differentiator that makes change possible as never before”.   To read more about We First  & the entire conference, here is Plywood People’: social innovation.  

The level of inspiration coupled with solid information was really awesome. I was impressed that the room was filled with folks mid 40’s and under; movers and shakers for a world with vision that works for all.The drawing in this post was sketched while I was listening to another presenter:  Rashid Nuri, community organizer of  Truly Living Well, right here in my neighborhood, the Old Fourth Ward. “Rashid provides overall executive and operational leadership to the Company. Rashid possess over forty years of experience in both industrial and organic agriculture, where he has managed public, private and community-based food and agriculture businesses in over 30 countries. Through his travels, Rashid has observed and learned about local food economies around the world. His experience has included managing farms in excess of 13,000 acres as well as more than 12 years with agricultural giant Cargill.” Quite a character, storyteller and passionate about eating healthy and neighbors growing our own organic food.

 Among many excellent presentations throughout the entire day,  my favorite was a company founded by 3 young entrepreneurs,  Better World Books.“Better World Books collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than 8 million new and used titles in stock, we’re a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value for all our stakeholders.”  The vision of Better World Books is to end illiteracy, by contributing up to 10% of every used book, training teachers/mentors to teach, giving away books and more.  As of last week, they have raised and given away TEN MILLION DOLLARS to nonprofits engaged in ending illiteracy, promoting reading, empowering communities.I was really blown away by this group, and now I order nearly all my books from them; they are competitive, (actually a bit less) than other outlets, and FREE SHIPPING every day (in USA)

Roses with green edge

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Now, Now, Now

 

My summertime commitment com that allows you free access to both your free-credits-report.com report and your free-credits-report.com score. to myself is draw, draw, draw, including “doodles” which this piece is &  yet, whimsy, doodles, all drawing.  As Ram Dass, and Eckhardt Tolle have told us, ” Be here NOW”  & I will add, once there, act NOW.

details that matter

 

Details that matter

This a detail of a larger painting which I am exploring magnifying details, printing out the magnified detailed then making very graphic marks, shapes on the surface. Sorta like those water bugs that seem to dance on water.  When I reflect on that as metaphor for life it would play out as paying attention to magnifying the deeper layers, see the elegance and flaws, by so doing we might dance more freely on the surface.

Summertime Joy

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Brave Heart

Brave Heart

When Looking at brave Heart, My friend Judi thought it looked like a Mexican Rooster Parrot. When I asked her what’s the Brave Heart part, she said,” You’d have to have a brave heart to have a Mexican Rooster Parrot”.

A delighted client with her new custom wedding floorcloth

 

Susan Elliott had this floorcloth custom designed for a friend’s wedding. Susan said Glenna is like a daughter to her and she wanted a special present that would last for years as a heirloom of their beautiful wedding day..

Coming attractions: RubySlippersStudio.net

Today a busy and gratifying day in the studio, also working with printing labels for my ‘heart art’ artist jewelry pins, a work in progress.

  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.

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