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    Art and Desire

    "The text you write must prove to me that it desires me. This proof exists: it is writing. Writing is: the science of the various blisses of language, its Kama Sutra (this science has but one treatise: writing itself).”
    - Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text

    On some level I suspect that all successful art has this component of evoking the feeling of being desired. The viewer feels wanted and pulled in through experiencing the art. Perhaps a strange concept, but worth pondering. I kind of "get" it. Barthes' words desire me, and I will give them time by pondering the meaning.

    Edgar Allan Poe's words desire me:

    "Sometimes I'm terrified
    of my heart; of its constant
    hunger for whatever it is
    it wants. The way it stops
    and starts."

    Barthes again:

    “I am interested in language because it wounds or seduces me.”
    -Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text

    The Mission: Gabriel's Obo and The Fall by Yo-Yo Ma wound and desire me. So does Cinema Paradiso: Looking for You from Giuseppe Tornatore Suite and Giuseppe Tornatore Suite: Malena and Philip Glass' Satyagraha: Evening Song. I suspect that music which touches me in a sensate way and which I have described for years as "so beautiful it hurts" is music that wounds and desires me.

    And visual art? Oh my, so many works of color, texture, line, depth give me a feeling of being seduced and desired.  I cannot begin to name them all, but Starry Night by van Gogh not only seduces and desires me, it owns a piece of my heart.  Remember?

    In the same vein, Barthes said:

    “Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.”

    Do colors tremble with desire?  I think so.  Greens and blues whisper to each other and merge into the brilliance of turquoise.  Lines flirt until they connect or seductively avoid. Textures smile and wink when they "work together" in art. 

    What art desires you? Have any works wounded or seduced you lately?


    For Mama




    According to Douglas Harper's Online Etymology Dictionary

    design (v.) Look up design at

    1540s, from L. designare "mark out, devise, choose, designate, appoint," from de- "out" (see de-) + signare "to mark," from signum "a mark, sign" (see sign (n.)). Originally in English with the meaning now attached to designate; many modern uses of design are metaphoric extensions. As a noun, from 1580s, from M.Fr. desseign.

    Secret Smiles and Tattoos

    I am not really a person one would expect to have a tattoo. But, if I did have one, I think I would like the wave symbol above my outer right ankle or hidden above my right hip joint. Of course this symbol has great meaning for me and would remind me of several concepts I never want to forget. I am sure of that. It is not, however, likely to happen since I am something of a body image purist, not to mention commitment phobic. I also don't care for pain and irrevocable decisions. Still... it is a fun creative exercise to contemplate what lies at the seat of the soul and imagine a visual symbol to physically carry like a nudge, reminder or a secret smile. What image would represent your secret smile?



    Just Drawing What You See

    I started reading the Creative License by Danny Gregory, and I am encouraged to sketch, sketch, sketch whatever is in my line of vision. Here is a beloved old chair in the corner of my livingroom. I made this chair sketch in Sketch Club on my iPad1. It seems that Brushes is often considered the top art app for iPad (e.g. Mac/Life recently described Brushes as the app that has "pretty much owned the 'art on iPad' niche.") True, I don't doubt, but it is not my cup of tea. Sketch Club is one of my favorites, for particular purposes such as graphic sketching. ArtRage is my top pick for serious painting due to texture and the ability to mix paint. Here is a thumbs up for a terrific little app with some powerful features - much more than a simple sketch can convey. Let me say, however, I have not participated in the club sharing feature of this app. It would probably be fun, but I haven't had the time in the last year. Maybe I will go there next.


    Making Waves 2: Breathlessness (A Clibe Experiment)

    Scroll right on the bar beneath the image to be able to click, open and flip the pages of the journal.


    One Perfect Place

    I am a fan of Vern Yip whose HGTV Urban Urban Oasis 2011 caught my eye.  Here is a photo of my favorite design which would be the one perfect place for me:

    More views panning the condo can be seen here.


    Business Card Overhaul

    Breaking with tradition, I used a template provided by Unique Creativity to tweak and have new business cards designed for my law practice.  Many thanks to Unique Creativity for sharing this resource.  I am very pleased with the outcome and like the glossy finish.  I can just feel the fresh air blowing through my hair when I whip out my new card. Here they are. What do you think?:


    Waves Poster