Life sends us gifts. While gathering ideas for a talk/book on my good health in my 80′s, my husband Ed and I find ourselves living temporarily in an elderly residence in Portland, OR. Suddenly, everywhere I look are people in their 80′s and 90′s. They’re using walkers, most of them. Lots are Jewish survivors from the holacaust. Everybody has a story. Some have written them down. This is the Schnitzer Manor in Portland, OR.
On the 10th anniversary of her former paper printed magazine “The Inner Voice”, publisher Nancy Freier has entered the internet world with renewed vigor and her E-zine magazine filled with health knowledge and spiritual writings. I am advertising my books, etc. in the magazine. Nancy does an angel column she started long ago with a special angel communication. And there’s a brilliant regular astrology essay. Do contact her for your free online E-zine: TIVmail@aol.com or www.the innervoiceblog.wordpress.com Look for my painting on the cover, “The Flocks Fly”. Email me for a print of the healing image. firstname.lastname@example.org
I am happy to share that a dozen of my dolphin prints have been installed around the perimeter of the nurses’ station in the chemo room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, OR. My daughter’s friend is a patient there and when I offered to send her a picture of mine, a dolphin, to put next to her bed or on her desk, she suggested pictures in the chemo room. I printed a number of my images, (I’ve done dolphins for years), and sent them out. They were carefully set on the vertical portion of the desk, swimming around the entire area. My friend’s husband did a gorgeous job measuring and affixing. All the patients face them and feel their flow. I’ve been informed that the movement in my art is what is healing. Flow is change, the opposite of stuck. These wonderful creatures make everyone happy. As soon as I get some help on including a picture, you’ll see the beauty.
It’s about time I updated this blog site. Sorry. What is exciting is, my husband Ed and I visited the prehistoric caves in So. France, Lascoux, top of the list of caves, Altamira also, which I’d love to visit, too, filled with glorious paintings of bison, horses, bulls, and reindeer, 27,000 years old. Such energy and movement, expertly painted, no grunting cavemen here. When you’re there, looking and feeling, there is a strenghening and inspiration.
I connect this experience to my own art, my early work. When I got home I looked at slides of images I made years ago with their horses and symbols and hills, done in red ochres, browns, like the caves. I’ve started writing about my feeling of past lives and my art.
What an opportunity, to have my art merchandise on view for the busy month of July in “touristy Minocqua” at my Associated Bank. Filled with colorful scarves, neckties, bags, and pictures, all resting on my large “crazy quilt” bedspread which I made with my daughter Betsy in 1973. All of the goods come from my painting images, which I photograph and have printed and sewn her in Wisconsin. My art is considered healing and peaceful. Come see. 8751 Hwy 51N & 70W.
Art Without Thinking Class (for everyone)
May 30, 1:00 to 3:30, Minocqua, WI Library, Materials furnished. I will talk and teach
about the natural intuitive subject matter and ability we all have. No pressure, all art is
right. There’s no such thing as wrong art. Come learn and have fun. Questions -
We have traveled by train to Portland, where we visit our daughter Betsy Kauffman and her family. We do this every winter for 2 or3 months. The weather is 15 – 20 degrees warmer than Wisconsin. We always say, we don’t come for the weather. A short story about the 2 1/2 day train trip and my art:
My art exhibit in Elkhart, IN is extended for the second month of February. My supporters are looking for another location, since they’ve put together such an interesting show. The idea of a Mother-Family theme is unusual and full of good energy.
On Jan. 17 I addressed the Lioness Women of Manitowish Waters, WI on the healing power of art. I have found that intuitively making art has an energizing, inspiring effect bringing improved health and emotional strength.
Beginning Thursday, April 12, at my house/studio I will be teaching weekly art sessions, another “Art Without Thinking” method connecting directly to the intuitive. Coming to my house/studio is especially instructive and fun because I have a house full of art, art books and I will be painting for you to observe. Email me at email@example.com $30 a session.
On May 26th I will teach a workshop at the Minocqua Public Library entitled “The Power of Art Without Thinking.” Art fears disappear in my classes.
On Jan. 14th, a Saturday night, the Portage WI Art Center honored its visual artists who have shown at the center with an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan music, sponsored by Eleanor Drury, a major supporter of the art center. I have had two one-person shows in Portage, where I grew up and graduated high school. I never dreamed I would be part of such an event, since I didn’t get to my art direction until I was a young adult. Is this what happens when you’re in your 80’s?
I’ve just returned from my show in Elkhart, IN. My friends Laurel Forsythe and Rod Liechty, who arranged everything with their love of art, drove me by the beauty and football power of Notre Dame and took me to dinner at a Thai restaurant, followed by a preview of my art exhibit. It was a “win-win” situation. Laurel’s family and the Unitarian family all had fun and are as uplifted and grateful as I am.
A touch of luck brought two special visitors to the exhibit: Martha Suggs Spencer and her husband, Willis Spencer, who have built their own museum in Vandalia, Michigan. Both from slave backgrounds, the Suggs’ Underground Railroad Museum honors Martha’s father, James Suggs.