Archive for June, 2013

cotton candy tree

Friday, June 21st, 2013

cotton candy tree

oil on canvas

Allowing my imagination to go where it will…

I recently experienced a rejection which is par for the course for any serious artist, and I allowed myself a bit of pouting time and then done. Also coincidental, this email message: “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.’ **Eckhart Tolle

bulb

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

bulb

Nest

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

nest

oil on canvas

off on a tangent

Helping, Fixing, Serving

Service is not the same as helping. Helping is based on inequality, it’s not a relationship between equals. When you help, you use your own strength to help someone with less strength. It’s a one up, one down relationship, and people feel this inequality. When we help, we may inadvertently take away more than we give, diminishing the person’s sense of self-worth and self-esteem.

Now, when I help I am very aware of my own strength, but we don’t serve with our strength, we serve with ourselves. We draw from all our experiences: our wounds serve, our limitations serve, even our darkness serves. The wholeness in us serves the wholeness in the other, and the wholeness in life. Helping incurs debt: when you help someone, they owe you. But service is mutual. When I help I have a feeling of satisfaction, but when I serve I have a feeling of gratitude.
Serving is also different to fixing. We fix broken pipes, we don’t fix people. When I set about fixing another person, it’s because I see them as broken. Fixing is a form of judgement that separates us from one another; it creates a distance.

So, fundamentally, helping, fixing and serving are ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak; when you fix, you see life as broken; and when you serve, you see life as whole.
When we serve in this way, we understand that this person’s suffering is also my suffering, that their joy is also my joy and then the impulse to serve arises naturally – our natural wisdom and compassion presents itself quite simply. A server knows that they’re being used and has the willingness to be used in the service of something greater. We may help or fix many things in our lives, but when we serve, we are always in the service of wholeness.

–by Rachel Remen, from Zen Hospice (May 29, 2000)

roots

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

roots

Wrinkles

Monday, June 10th, 2013

More show up on my face every year. Some say one should be proud of wrinkles as it shows a life rich with experiences and history. That is true, but I’d rather not have them :b I started thinking that I wanted to make some figures that have wrinkles and still look beautiful, I’d call it sublime if pulled off. Not sure that I have or not, but this is one of the wrinkles pieces.

wrinkles

Cut down all of the lettuce about seven heads left, all having bolted :( bummer. I retained the core and plan to try and move them to a shady spot. I love going out back and picking dinner. The tomatoes are doing great and are taller than I. I planted a variety, some grape tomatoes, heirlooms, yellow, romas and I can’t remember what else, there are so many different kind.

tomatoes

There is going to be so many that i will have to jar them or give them away.

About lettuce

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

This is my romaine, unrecognizable since it bolted :(

romaine

Lettuce

Isn’t it pretty! It has leaves that are much thinner and lighter than romaine and has a very faint nutty flavor to it. We enjoyed it before it bolted.

My latest creation:

heart

I am liking it as a heart but it could change.

Twig

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

twig

Trees

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

trees trees trees