Category: Creativity


The Nest

May the nest always be sacred and protected 

10×20″ acrylic on canvas

Birth

 

 

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24×36″ acrylic on canvas

Sometimes it takes a tribe to birth a child.

And so She was born, a jade egg, still in her amniotic sack after 60 hours of labor

The death of Girl and the Birth of Mother, The Creator

 

Turtle Island

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24″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas

Turtle Island

Mother Turtle watches and sees all.

Will we take care of her?

As she offers her back as fertile land

For our creations

She is the Mother of all.

May we honor her in our creations.

Remember.

 

Big dipper hangs low in the northern sky

It’s cup scooping down, offering to carry me away to the land of the stars

“But I am in the land of the stars,” I say

“Yes, here on Earth.

On this beautiful Mother Earth

Where each night I get to look up and see you twinkle

Reminding me of ancestors come and gone

And each month I get to marvel at the waxing and waning of Grandmother Moon

And each year I get to wonder at the rainbow in the leaves, the crystals that fall from the sky, the new buds that swell in the morning dew, and the thunder that promises relief on a hot summer night

This is the land of the stars.”

“Yes, but what about the madness?” you say

“The gunshots heard around the world, the games played with people’s lives, the words thrown as if it doesn’t matter

What about the madness?

Come and I’ll take you away from it all”

“Away from it all where I can watch from on high, as you do each night?

Away from it all where I can watch my fellow Earthlings destroy the beauty I love so much?

Away from it all where safe from the pain I sacrifice too the joys of love, connection, community? The satisfaction of kicking my feet up and feeling the warmth of fire on my damp dreary toes after a hard days work?

I will take the pain. Because I too have hurt and caused pain, and I cannot bow out and leave my brothers and sisters.

I will stay and dance and sing and pray with them under your great sparkle.

I will stay and struggle to grow and feel and open to all that can be felt

I do not wish to hide.

Let me feel the ecstatic, the torturous, the sublime

Let me feel it all.”

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Joy

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Acrylic and Sand on Canvas

Another painting inspires by the caves in the north of Israel.

Inspired by the caves on the Mediterranean coast of Israel near Lebanon.

Inspired by the caves on the Mediterranean coast of Israel near Lebanon.

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I went to NYC to see the Earth & Me at Symphony Space. It was a beautiful moment and an amazing show. It was a full house in this large theatre, filled with children from kindergarden all the way through 8th grade from all parts of the city- chinatown, brooklyn, the bronx, and manhattan- and even some handicapped and special needs students. My grandmother introduced the show, explaining how everything on the shadow screen is done by hand and nothing is done by a computer. This received a round of applause from the audience. Then, as the opening music came on I felt tears come to my eyes as the shadow of the child, as if by magic, emerged into the projected image of the earth. I felt transported back to my childhood and was blown away as the performance unfolded to see all my core values reflected back to me in such a beautiful medium of song, dance, and puppetry. And what a powerful message of hope and peace! The children around me Oooed and Ahhhed, with exclamations of wonder and excitement escaping their lips with the appearance of new puppets and magical shadow screen effects and exquisite power filled dancing. After the show the dancers and puppeteers came out and sat on the edge of the stage where children were able to come up and say hello, some asking for autographs, others giving high fives, and others wanting to hug the “mother earth” character and ask if she was ok now. Thank you to all our other donors for helping make this show happen. We truly could not have done it without you. You helped create a very special moment for both me and my grandmother as well as plant many seeds of peace in the young hearts of literally thousands of children.

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