Thursday, September 24, 2015

Red Moon Madness

A total lunar eclipse,  also called a Blood Moon, will occur at 10:11PM ET, on Sunday...and, the moon will be closest to the Earth, a full moon, this is called a Supermoon. So, it's described as a Super Blood Moon...very big, very round, very red.

Two Christian evangelists, with large US followings, feel this signals the second coming of Jesus. They describe major earthquakes, and a possible 3rd world other words, the Apocalypse. These pastors have been accused of manipulating the public with their dire prophecies in order to sell their books...each has written one and one of them is being made into a movie.

It's obvious that the world is in a bad state, but, I'm hopeful it'll be spinning around for many moons...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"Seeing" The Future

My mother told me about "seeing" a bolt of lighting hitting a ship...the next day she received a message that her best friend, L., had been killed in the "SS Morro Castle" disaster, in 1934, off the coast of NJ. She had asked my mother to accompany her and two other friends on a cruise to Havana. Mom was unable to go...but the other friends did go and survived the fire that spread throughout the ship by running through the flames to a lifeboat deck. L. panicked and jumped overboard, hitting her head on something and drowning. Of the 549 on board, 251 lost their lives. Mystery surrounds the disaster...the captain died shortly before the fire broke out...some think of a heart attack, some say he was murdered. Then, when the fire was discovered, all power went out and complete darkness engulfed the liner...the majority of lifeboats were filled with crew members...terrible confusion had ensued. Many passengers said that lightening had started the fire...

When my mother "saw" the images of the lightning bolt hitting the ship, it was from "reading" her teacup. She would be considered a psychic medium, but, never thought of herself in that way. Her intuition was highly attuned throughout her a very early age, she was able to interpret representations in cups and cards and by picking up on a person's energy. She had precognitive dreams throughtout her life...always amazing me with her predictions.

Strangely enough, my mother and L. had gone to a psychic, in NYC, before L. took the trip...he told L. that "if you go over deep water, you will never return" mother reminded her of this, but, tragically, she paid no attention to it.

The story made such an impression on me as a child...and, observing my mother, I can only be open to all dimensions of sensitivity...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Crisis on Cape Cod...Heroin

More and more newspaper articles are being printed about the heroin epidemic, here, on Cape Cod. Our local paper profiled three Chatham families who have been touched by the drug--taking the lives of three people...two men and a young woman.

Many Cape towns are being hit hard by drug abuse and overdoses, especially heroin and oxycodone. Several previous articles pointed out that during the first 80 days of 2015, there have been 134 documented overdoses...Yarmouth, a nearby town, seeing them happen every other or everyday.

There is a thriving recovery community on the Cape, with treatment centers, 12 step and faith based groups, as well as support from those in recovery. "What Happened Here, The Untold Story of Addicts on Cape Cod", is a full length documentary, produced and directed by Sam Tarplin, a Falmouth native and recovering addict. The film profiles addicts, families, law enforcement and community leaders affected by addiction and recovery on the Cape. He hopes to break the negative stigma placed on addicts as all types of people fall into this category.

Hopefully, there can be more education about this problem to curtail the potentially tragic outcomes...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Black Forest Artist--Wilhelm Kimmich

My father's childhood friend, Wilhelm Kimmich, is considered the "Matisse" of the Black Forest, in Germany. He painted this mystical area until his death at age 89. We visited his studio, during my childhood--his artistic presence left a lasting impression on me. I've inherited a number of his oil paintings, watercolors and sketches--they're a comforting link to my heritage and the haunting beauty of the area, in the Southwestern region, known for its highlands, scenery and woods. Baden-Baden, renowned as a health spa town, is known as the "gateway" to the Black Forest. Health resorts are dotted all over the area now, whose thermal springs have been prized since Roman times. Waterways like the Danube, Lake Constance and numerous waterfalls, medieval architecture and vineyards add to the enchantment of the area...

Kimmich also traveled to the French Riviera to paint, which brings my thoughts to Picasso who had a villa high in the hills there--a fascinating, seductive figure in the art world. Matisse had a large studio there, also. Then, I think of the French Impressionists, especially Monet, who have greatly influenced my way of seeing the world...a light-filled world of seascapes and gorgeous gardens.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Zen Quote of Gratitude

I like this quote by Zen Master Goto seems appropriate to bring to mind today:

"Make your whole life unceasing gratitude.

 What is Zen? Simple, simple, so simple.

 Infinite gratitude toward all things past,
 Infinite service to all things present,
 Infinite responsibility to all things future."

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September 9th...Thoughts of My Mother

My mother was so important in my life and when she died 19 years ago, I felt I lost part of myself.
Today is her birthday, and I know she wants me to remember her this way:

"Better by far you should forget and smile
than that you should remember and be sad."

Those are the last two lines of the poem, "Remember", written by the 19th century English poet, Christina Rossetti, who was rediscovered by feminist scholars in the 1070's...

My mother, too, was a feminist...raised as a Roman Catholic she, however, thought for herself...always in a progressive way.  She advocated abortion, always concerned with the quality of life. She was a pioneer in the working world of women. In the early 1940's, she traveled around the country on assignments as an accountant for a large firm, based in NYC. While living there, she'd attend operas and Broadway productions, often by herself. Her intuition was highly attuned--she was just as connected to the metaphysical/spiritual realm as to the "real" world.

I know my mother lived a life of "grace"...that has inspired me always...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Fascinating American Artist...William Merritt Chase

One of my favorite American artists is William Merritt Chase. He has been described as a natural performer and a great showman, as great a self-promoter, as he was an artist. His charismatic traits assured him a devoted following of students, among them Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Hawthorne, Joseph Stella and Rockwell Kent.

Some of his quotes are so interesting, like the following:

"...the aim of every great artist, as far as technique goes, is, to as great an extent as possible to do away with the intermission between his head and his hand..."

"The profession of the artist is one of the most ancient that we know, and as I tell the students about to enter it, the most dignified."

Monday, September 7, 2015

"The Artist in His Studio"

I came upon one of my favorite books in my art library, "The Artist in His Studio", by Alexander Liberman. It's a visual treat, as the author visited the studios of many of the great painters and sculptors who in lived in France during the twentieth century, among them: Cezanne, Monet, Renoir, Braque, Matisse, Miro, and Picasso. Mr. Liberman "uses the visual elements of their art and lives to elucidate the deep sources of their inspiration and greatness: the light, the landscapes, the intellectual passion, the profound human relationships".

The book is an amazing journey into the creative lifestyles of so many dynamic individuals...

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Thoughts About Love

Some find "true" love elusive, others find it right in front of them...some find it early, some late, some never.

For those that have found a profound love, this quote, by Lao Tzu, will resonate:

"To love someone deeply gives you strength,
  Being loved by someone deeply, gives you courage."

Friday, September 4, 2015

American Impressionist...Childe Hassam

I just have to look at Childe Hassams's paintings of the sea and sea gardens to be uplifted. Many of his most beautiful works were scenes of the Isles of Shoals, 10 miles off the coast of New Hampshire. Hassam's lush, richly colored gardens have a magical quality.

It was in this setting that Celia Thaxter, a poet and journalist, established an informal salon. She attracted artists, writers and musicians to her home on Appledore Island. Her gardens were celebrated in Hassam's sensuous works, capturing their brilliant colors and wild beauty.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Robert E. Driscoll, Artist and Mentor

I have so much to thank Robert Driscoll for...he was a mentor and friend who encouraged me to pursue an artistic career. He generously shared his skills and knowledge and was always fun and inspiring to be around. Although he was recovering from serious surgery when we met, his charismatic spirit attracted all ages. His studio/gallery at the Osterville Harbor reflected his whimsical nature. When I first visited there, he showed me a newspaper article written about him, in which he stated that he wanted to bring "happiness to the world through his paintings". I know he achieved this in his art, which truly expressed the person he was--playful and happy  to be alive, capturing the beauty he saw in nature, through his floral and marine works, He was truly a unique individual.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WMVY Radio...Inspires Me...

One of the most streamed internet radio stations in the world, "WMVY FM, 88.7", is located on the island of Martha's Vineyard. I've been listening to this amazing station, since it started, over 30 years ago. Considered adult album alternative radio, it's a station I would find difficult to live without. I've been introduced to so many great artists, through the years, by an appealing, enthusiastic group of DJ's.

The station has a powerful new signal and can be heard loud and clear...I suggest anyone would like the mix of rock, folk, blues, jazz, artists and established are rotated's a happy mix of tunes that inspire me, especially when I'm painting.