Just Paul

When my son Paul was about three years old a friend of mine liked to tease him by faking a Brooklyn accent saying things like, “Aye Pauli, howahrya doin’?” or “What are yuh doin’ dere, Pauli?”.  Paul did not seem to like it and quite often he did not respond when she addressed him like that.

One day when I called him Pauli (without the accent, rather using it as a term of endearment) he did not respond either and I asked him, “Why don’t you respond when I say your name?”    He replied, ” That’s not my name.”   “It’s not? What is your name then?”, I asked.  And he very emphatically, pronouncing every word quite slowly and particular, said, “I am Paul! Just Paul!”

So, here we go:    Paul – just perfect as he is.

 

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Climactic Peer Reviews

A couple of years ago I took a writing class.  Just now I went through some of my old notes and found the following brief exercise.  I read it again and remembered how the final comment cracked me up back then.  I still think it’s too funny how the peer reviews “climax” in #5, LOL. 
Thought I share this with you.   Hope you enjoy it. 
 
HOMEWORK:
Choose two of the sentences listed below to expand by adding logical additional parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases). Your sentence should be a minimum of 12 unique words.
• The children play.
• The woman walks.
• The sharks swim.
• The flowers bloom.
• The wind blows.
• The computer hums.
 
I WROTE:
While the computer hums incessantly the woman wearily takes off her yellow shoes and stares with tired eyes beyond the green shimmering fields that glow in the morning sun outside the open window.
Finally the woman sighs and walks quietly away from the window towards the dark kitchen, turns on the dim ceiling light, opens the refrigerator, and takes out not only a cold beer but also a plate with sandwiches that her husband had prepared so lovingly the night before.
 
PEER REVIEWS:
peer 1 → You did an awesome job! Pictures are developing in my mind, while I am reading your sentences. It seems, you took lots of effort and fantasy to create them. Good luck for the rest of the course!
peer 2 → Interesting elaboration based on the three words given. Beautifully phrased.
peer 3 → Nice continuation of the sentences meet elements of speech interesting descriptors from computer to fields
peer 4 → Wow, your sentences provide a vivid image of the seen.
peer 5 → Seems like there should be a comma after incessantly.
 

Change is the Only Constant

Hello Everyone!  It’s been a while since I have last posted. Life caught up with me and a lot has happened: personally, professionally, geographically – really complex changes – yet, this is not the place nor the time to talk about it. It goes without saying, that it’s stressful while you are in the midst of things (hence no posts), but at the end of every tunnel is usually light and I made it to the other side and came out just fine – if not better. So, no worries. I’m back and here comes my next post:

Here are a few pictures of a sculpture (a work in progress at the time) that unfortunately did not survive my last move – that’s life.  As a wise man once said:

“Everything flows, nothing remains.”Heraclitus of Ephesus

 

Sometimes when I photograph my work I see it differently. Mainly it helps me to see “mistakes” that I hadn’t seen with the naked eye. For example, in the following pictures I noticed that her forehead seems too flat and the arms seem not quite proportional.   Have you noticed it too, that photos help you to see your art differently?

see.me @New York

I show some of my artwork on a website called see.me and they have organized an event in New York which – woohoo – I was chosen to be a part of. They will show art from 103 countries and the show will run from July 25th until September 10th.

PLEASE VISIT MY SEE.ME WEBSITE AND HIT THE SUPPORT BUTTON, it’ll help me getting more opportunities to show my work etc. – THANKS !!!

The following is the letter they sent me:

Congratulations! Your work work will be shown at The Story of the Creative! This message is to confirm your materials have been received and you are officially part of The Story of the Creative exhibition opening in our New York City gallery on July 25th, 2013.

The show will be open to the public. If you are unable to attend the opening for any reason, we will mail you an archival print of the images shown and an official letter of recognition.

Since your work will be on view for seven weeks, stop by anytime until September 10th to see your work in the exhibition!

We’re thrilled to have you as a part of the show. Your hard work is done, you’ve made great art. Now we are going to get busy producing this massive show. Thanks again for being a part of the See.Me community.

Best,

Emily K.
Community Director
www.See.Me

Meander Time

The following is a re-post from a website called The Mindful Artist

Michele (the writer) is an artist and also runs a mentor program for other artists. She writes very thoughtful posts about the creative process and “bumps in the road” that we all might hit sooner or later. I thought this post was enlightening and helpful, so I am re-posting it. Hope you like it too.

The other day in the studio I was reminded of how important it is for me to have what I like to call “meander time”.

Meander time is that unstructured, unproductive, unhurried envelope in which there are no goals, no urgency towards completion, only a free and easy flow of listening to and following our quiet inclinations.

When I work in my studio, I generally jump in where I left off the day before. I settle easily into a humming rhythm of focus and productivity. But this time, something didn’t feel right. The process felt forced.

I paused and found a comfy place, got quiet, closed my eyes and went inward. It became clear to me that I hadn’t been allowing time recently in the studio for exploration, for browsing in books, for lying and looking at the ceiling, for staring out the window or just being.

This is pure right brain territory.

This is when we are in a receptive state.

This is when fresh, new ideas are able to flow in.

Most of us were told when young and apt to daydream that we were “wasting” time. Wasting time is frowned upon severely in a society full of people who feel so busy and strapped for time. We feel more virtuous when we are productive.

Some of my most rich and fruitful ideas come from meander time. Sometimes this means getting outside the studio – going on a walk or just sitting and being in nature. Sometimes it involves going on the studio with no particular plan and allowing myself to rest, nap, stare at the works in progress, peruse art books or leaf through boxes of old drawings or supplies. It’s really about letting go of a particular objective and following what feels right in the moment.

There’s a delicate balance we artists ride between doing and being.

Too much “being” can be a disguised form of avoidance. Too much “doing” and our creative well dries up because it is never replenished.

What about you? Have you noticed this rhythm within yourself? When have you opened up to meandering and allowed new ideas to flow in?

For the original post go here http://www.themindfulartist.com/2011/03/meander-time/

 

 

Drum Roll Please

It’s award season, no doubt.  First the Liebster blogging award and now this.   😀

Remember my post from June 12th?  I announced the Best of Gage show here in Seattle and that I had submitted a sculpture – and wooaaahhhh – I WON – 3rd place (sculpture category).

He’s only the 4th sculpture I’ve ever done and my first cat, so I am especially pleased and happy. Here are a few pictures of the winner.

IMG_0220On the Prowl | Ceramic | 2012

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Seattle – Best of Gage 2013

To everyone who lives in the Seattle area:

Please join us this Friday, June 14th from 6 pm to 9 pm to celebrate the Best of Gage, showcasing drawings, paintings and sculptures by Gage student artists – at Gage Academy of Art in Capitol Hill.  There will be drinks and snacks.  Awards are given in seven categories.  I have submitted a sculptures this year, my first time, wish me luck   🙂

Here a link with details:

http://www.gageacademy.org/events/?page=current&type=16

Last year about 600 people visited the event.

Hope you will drop by and enjoy some art.