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     The number 5:

    Chanel spent seven years of her life at Aubazine, an abbey founded by Cistercians – a Catholic order which placed great emphasis on numerology. This is where she learned to sew and became aquainted with the mystical nature of the number 5.  Five was symbolic of the pure embodiment of a thing - its spirit and mystical meaning – something essential and beautiful. The Cistercians took their name from the five-petalled flower, Cistus, which grew in the abbey gardens. When selecting her first perfume in 1919, Chanel was presented glass vials of scent.  She selected the fifth vial telling Master perfumer Ernest Beaux that, “I present my dress collections on the fifth of May, the fifth month of the year and so we will let this sample number five keep the name it has already, it will bring good luck.”  She was right. 


    Works in Progress


    Worshiping A Rose

    "...had we not worshipfully beheld the sunset, the sea, or a flower? Who of us had not loved something or somebody? We're not these things the tissue out of which our lives were constructed? Did not these feelings after all, determine the course of our existence?

    It was impossible to say we had no capacity for faith, or love, or worship. In one form or another, we had been living by faith and little else." ~ Bill W.


    sage atelier

    I found a fabulous new web site, sage atelier, an art, design and decor place.  I know it is a great site when I find myself plugging it into Flipbook, signing up for it's RSS feed and posting about it at my web site.  Check it out.  It is beautiful.


    Multiple Cello is Like Multiple Orgasm  


    Treasures and Trash

    One man's trash is another man's treasure.  I was reminded of that while cleaning out lately.  I ran across the program for the ECVA Visual Preludes and realized what a treasure of a memory this is.  I guess that's why I still have sketches I made when I was a kid.  When downsizing to move to a cottage I pitched expensive furniture and china.  But I kept my treasures.

    My work is the icon of Mary Magdalene at the bottom left and the fire mandala in the middle left.  All work can be seen in the ECVA archives linked above.


    Gold Fades Fast

    As brillant as gold is, it doesn't last long. It fades as do all beautiful things.  Here I tried to freeze the brillance of gold in much the same way Van Gogh tried.  Our tools, however, differ tremendously.

    This piece was originally painted on my iPad and exported to Photoshop Touch where I combined and blended it with a stone textured layer.  It was then exported to Photoshop, cropped and framed. I like to use different techniques on one piece and have been playing with the options since I got my iPad two years ago.  I am glad to now read about others doing this in the context of Adobe Creative Cloud promotion.  I am kicking around the concept of Creative Cloud.  It would be fun to work with all of Adobe's programs.




    Small Beauty

    A perfect small piece of nature brings me to a place of humility the same way the gigantic beach does. Such exquisite detail. Who created this, and who made me to delight in it so?


    Sontag's Journal: Furtive Reading for Parents and Lovers


    Susan Sontag wrote:

    "On Keeping a Journal. Superficial to understand the journal as just a receptacle for one’s private, secret thoughts — like a confidante who is deaf, dumb and illiterate. In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself.

    The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood. It represents me as emotionally and spiritually independent. Therefore (alas) it does not simply record my actual, daily life but rather — in many cases — offers an alternative to it.

    There is often a contradiction between the meaning of our actions toward a person and what we say we feel toward that person in a journal. But this does not mean that what we do is shallow, and only what we confess to ourselves is deep. Confessions, I mean sincere confessions of course, can be more shallow than actions. I am thinking now of what I read today (when I went up to 122 Bd. St-G to check for her mail) in H’s journal about me — that curt, unfair, uncharitable assessment of me which concludes by her saying that she really doesn’t like me but my passion for her is acceptable and opportune. God knows it hurts, and I feel indignant and humiliated. We rarely do know what people think of us (or, rather, think they think of us).. . .Do I feel guilty about reading what was not intended for my eyes? No. One of the main (social) functions of a journal or diary is precisely to be read furtively by other people, the people (like parents + lovers) about whom one has been cruelly honest only in the journal. Will H. ever read this?"

    -From The New York Times article On Self, published September 10, 2006

    Sontag died December 28, 2004.  I am reading her journals and wonder if H. ever did.


    Flying with CS6

    “Photoshop is a perfect bridge for me between traditional painting and the digital world. I use it without any extra plug-ins or fancy filters. Photoshop is definitely a tool that gives you an amazing feeling of creative freedom. I can compare using it to the freedom of movement found when flying a plane.”
    -Jarek Kubicki from Spotlight on Jarek Kubicki where you can see his amazing images created in PS6.  Kubicki's web site is here