Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Happy summer! I've been dragging my feet on this, but I have two new coloring books I am prepping.  I've included a free coloring page (plus one of my colored versions) for your  enjoyment.

My take on "Interior Monolog":

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday morning inspiration

I've been reading some very inspiring books on painting and creativity.  I recommend these three for starters:

1. ) Daily Painting: Paint Small and Often To Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Artist by Carol Marine

2.) Celebrate Your Creative Self: More than 25 exercises to unleash the artist within  by Mary Todd Beam

3.) The Creative Artist by Nita Leland

And, as always, I recommend subscribing to the Weekly Bob Blasts from painter Robert Burridge at his webpage:  www.robertburridge.com/

Have a great week!

Inner Outer Mandala (S. Rasfeld archives)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Catnip for Twinkletoes

Unverified factoids float through the air,
electric breadcrumbs illuminating a chimera of titillation and desire.
Voracious need and insatiable curiosity 
feed on
doppelgängers of smoke and mirrors, built
a pixel here,
a pixel there and 
breach the threshold of consciousness
while infiltrating the world mind.

see me
hear me 
watch me
touch me
know me 

don't look too hard behind that curtain;
don't dig for the gristle, blood and bone.
Just come now:
gather around, chickadees --
I will tell you the BEST stories 
and all you have to do 

is sleep.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"It may seem that you have no external validation for your art, but you must persist in presenting it to the world. Above all, you must know that it is your job to make the work. As a creative person, you must show up, focus, work, make more work, and present it to the world in order to be truly balanced and whole." 
- Laura Cater-Woods, MFA 
"Balancing Acts: Walking the Tightrope Between Your Creative Path and Daily Life," from Inspiring Creativity


Thursday, July 25, 2013

At Cross-Purposes

Brittle bones may splinter and crack in crisis.  
Some mend with time 
yet hairline fractures remain below the surface.

Secrets and lies have eaten through the natural bonds between us and only a thin veneer of civility covers the gulf separating our two hearts.

Tightly held by guilt and obligation,  I close my eyes--- struggling to hold onto compassion while preserving my own self-respect.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

With simple sweetness and a light touch
   your smile warms my doubtful heart.
I am a restless soul wandering through a maze of my own making
  and yet you hold me tightly against the dark.
I can only strive to be a comfort in the night for you in return.


Thursday, February 28, 2013


Sunlight slips through the hourglass, each grain
a moment, a single hope, a half-forgttoen dream, a buried shame, a biting regret.
Tiny crystals spin ever downward: white lies
told to spare someone’s feelings, invitations delcined,
phone calls and emails unanswered.
Each small transgression dropped upon another,
A slowly built fortess of silence and isolation.