"Know The Light Will Return"
“On the day this piece was created; the first for this series, I was having a conversation with a local artist friend in my Flagstaff, Arizona, with the walls filled with “The People Collection” art. We were connecting on the certainty that our path as artists was to serve. Just after he left I put my focus on thinking about creating something new, something more directly in line with serving. Within moments the words “When you see only the dark know the Light will return” came to me.
"Puzzle of Love"
There are many moments in my life, and I would guess in the life of most people, when everything we have experienced seems to make sense and have value. And with that awareness we know we fit in to the big picture of human evolution; we belong. Free to be just as we are without need to compare ourselves to anyone but ourselves; for me this piece serves as a reminder to that experience.
"Green needs Red"
This is another design developed by my daughter (choosing anonymity) with my words. I really like how the words landed on a rhyme, where opposite colors make up the story that compliments her art. In my idealist thinking, I believe I can really make great strides by learning to love what I perceive as opposite me, and that perhaps what I judge most may provide for me my greatest lessons and opportunities for growth.
There are few experiences where I haven’t been able see a story of understanding and compassion; but... that’s mostly when it’s someone else’s experience. This is a reminder for me that a long range goal of mine is to have more understanding and compassion.
"All of Creation"
This piece speaks to my sense of awe and wonder, in that I am seeing more and more how what I believe creates my reality. I put fingerprints on the hills/fingers to connect with the word “hands” and as a reminder of the ability to create. The heart part, of course speaks to love.
"Friends around the Universe"
I once designed a piece of art similar to this one, which at the time was one of many pieces I asked the public to vote on as to what their favorite piece was. The piece with the same words as this one; won by a huge margin. It was great to see how much people valued friendship and connection and maybe even want to meet little green men from across the universe.
This piece has a very personal past. In 2002 I had just made a big move from California to Arizona and I was feeling extremely uncertain about my future. I had just finished unloading the moving truck and I was sitting on a box in the middle of my living room searching my thoughts for the next step to my life. When all of a sudden I heard these words enter my thoughts “Your Stillness is the Source of All that is Beautiful.” I was frozen with awe.
I love this piece as a reminder that movement, travel, and new environments do me good; those experiences opens me up to my deepest thoughts. Somewhat paradoxical to the “Stillness” piece, yet I see that in movement I can be profoundly still.
Be Here Now
When I stop, really stop and feel the present moment it’s awesome; and evokes a connection to all that is, is amazing! I’m able to hold this state of being for about 6 seconds; I guess it’s like spiritual breath holding – we get better with practice :)
A Bright and Sunny Tomorrow
I know I am happier when I take the time to examine the weight of my “problems” doing so often gives me quick confidence knowing this is small in the big picture of life and will pass.
Help Your Flowers Grow
When I think of this piece I feel gratitude to the so many people who find purpose within challenging situations.
You Really are Unique
When I heard it said ‘each of us is here with a purpose that is truly unique to us’ I had great doubts. Yet, over time I got to see evidence that, if not proving this statement, it at least showed me how we all are very unique in how we live purpose. There’s a video on YouTube, which I find fun and enlightening, to help one find their purpose. Here’s a link: http://youtu.be/vVsXO9brK7M?list=FLH4Xj0YbEbf1prHHjVsT6Ng
Love, Love, Love
I don’t remember the inspiration for this piece; perhaps it was as simple as to have something for the little ones. Anyhow it’s been amazing how well received it has been. I like it a lot.
He Thought it was His Mother
Why else would a cow make such an effort?
Cookies in Space
I had a great treat one day that related to this piece - I designed the art and wrote the words simply based on the look of my sketch. And one day through the gallery door in Nevada City, California, comes NASA Astronaut Garrett Reisman. He said that since coming back from the Space Station he’s been telling people ‘space smells like cookies.’
A Shark Named Bob
Anne’s drawing from around age 6 with my words.
There’s Really No Place To Go
Another fun piece by my past partner Anne Onymous.
Twiggly Wiggle Pasta
One of Anne’s early works.
Cook Some Marshmallows
And here’s another awesomely fun piece drawn by Anne Onymous, with some guidance and words by me.
There’s a King with his Friends
Ann and I went to town here, spending hours designing, refining, and laughing our way to this piece.
Suddenly Our Town Began to Move
Based on a true story ;)
Living on the Back of a Zebra
I've moved on average every 1.5 years over the last 20 years or so years; an astrologer once told me ‘the way your chart looks, you should be living in a R.V.’ Why not on the back of a Zebra, Giraffe, piece of Watermelon? Whatever the story is it makes me laugh how often I find myself designing and writing words about living in odd places.
Occasionally the words just flow after the drawing is in hand; I knew this drawing was a keeper, and I love the words that just popped out of my head; they help me laugh at my perfectionism.
Pizza and Chocolate
How I see the world : )
Broccoli and Love
Sometimes I’m just a little over excited how much I love broccoli :)
I Love Pickles
A collaboration with Anne; her drawing and my words.
I Love Watermelon
Guess what my favorite fruit is?