Monday, July 30, 2012

Five Words Musing - July

July's Musing is up and ready for your reading pleasure.

I know... I posted it late again.  Luckily, my two partners are very forgiving and understanding of my tardiness.  It must be the ebb and flow of summer.  Or maybe it's all the over committing my husband claims I am doing.  (I am.)  Doesn't it always seem that you have more time than you actually do?  I just need to remember to occasionally breathe and make time for the things that are important.  Until then, I have quite a few art opportunities in my future --  A mural.  Office art.  A fall arts festival.  Lots to do.  I think all of my commitments inspired this month's drawing.  A hammock and some time would do me some good right about now.  How about you? 

July Musing

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." ~ Sydney J. Harris

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Five Words Musing - June

I'm late in posting this... Really late.  In fact, I was late in submitting my contribution to the June publication of Five Words Musing... But it's there now, ready for your reading pleasure.

June started off by saying goodbye to my friend's mother, Cree.  With no warning or reason, on May 31st, she passed away in her sleep.  The news was unreal.  She was an extraordinary lady who welcomed me into her home any time I came to visit and treated me like I was one of her own kids.  She had the biggest heart and loved dotting on my little Izzy as if she were her own granddaughter.  She spent her time volunteering for her church and helping her community.  As a piano teacher, she taught endless children the joys of music.  She was a devoted mother and wife and a good friend to those who were lucky to have known her.  So when someone like that suddenly disappears from your life, shock is the only word that comes to mind.

After Cree's funeral service, I had some things to distract me from my June Musing assignment - a week long vacation in Corolla, a painting commission for a friend, and planning my daughter's first birthday party.  Life just continued on -- but the image of what I wanted to convey in Cree's memory continued to linger.  As July peaked its head around the corner, I knew I couldn't put off saying goodbye in my own way for too long.

So for the past week, I have been slowly bringing the image in my head out onto paper.  This was the result:

June Musing

I was inspired by the stained glass window at Cree's church during her service --I found myself getting lost in it as the tears came just thinking about her.  I wanted to capture its colors and beauty and incorporate transferred images of Cree and her infamous roses in this June tribute to her.  I also wanted to remember her as the mother she was and will always be to my friend, Shannon.

We miss you Mama Cree...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Five Words Musing - May

The May musing is up for your reading pleasure.

As you may know, I recently lost a childhood friend last week.  I think you will find her influence on my May submission.  Sometimes something beautiful can come of something dark... The loss of my friend was definitely a dark day, but I know the brightness of her spirit never left.  It was all around last week - in the tears and smiles of those who knew her who gathered to say good bye to her, in the vibrant mural and paintings she created as her legacy in Charlotte because it was her destiny to, and in the hearts of those who loved her and would never forget her.


I know I will never forget her.

May Musing

"Rainbows apologize for angry skies."
- Sylvia Voirol

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Celebrating an Amazing Life

Inochi.  Sometimes amazing things happen.  And other times... the most unfathomable of events occur.

On Sunday, May 20th, a friend and fellow artist I have known since junior high school, passed away from complications related to a hit and run car accident that occurred on May 1st.  Carlleena Ieasha Person, known in the artist community as Savnac, left behind a beautiful legacy.  Though her life was cut much too short, the incredible journey she traveled on her way of becoming an established and respected self-taught artist has always harbored a sense of pride and amazement for me.  I was honored to know someone who was so passionate about her craft and who had a relentless and admirable work ethic.  Celebrating and finding the beauty in imperfections, she hustled every day to seize every opportunity to grow and work as a non-starving artist.  Many hearts have been broken this week and will be for a long time to come.  A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday -- it would have been her 33rd birthday.  (Details about the memorial event can be found on Carlleena's fanpage on Facebook under SAVNAC MURAL DESIGNS art of Carlleena Person.)

To get a glimpse of the beautiful soul that I knew, please view the links below.  And, if you have a moment to spare on Thursday, celebrate her life by finding beauty in the world, no matter how big or how small.  She would have loved that. 

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”
- Charles Horton Cooley

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Dreamers Don't Sleep

Yesterday, my friend's group art show, Dreamers Don't Sleep, Volume 1, opened for the first time in Charlotte at Espada Bicycles.  I wasn't able to attend, but I know for my friend, it was an important night, and not for the reason you may think.  You see, my friend, Carlleena, who has been working non-stop in her studio (a.k.a. the color lab) to prepare for the event, was in a serious car accident this week.  Though her car was totalled, she survived.  Battered and bruised, she was determined to make it to her show on Friday... and she did.  I think Carlleena described it best on her fanpage on Facebook:
So many people said, "Wow! I'm surprised you are here tonight?" or "Why are you here?" Lol. I say when you are in a situation such as I was a few days ago where the opportunity might not have been the same...pain is a reward for making it out alive. I knew that my artwork, the guys' artwork deserved me being there. When I say art is my life, it is!! It saved me when I was younger, and it saves me everyday. I teared up a bit tonight but know they were tears of joy and gratefulness because I still breath air in this realm and still have the opportunity to make dreams a reality. All this resting definitely has me thinking, reflecting, regrouping mentally. I am not one to make excuses or complain because I witness everyday so many who are and will be worse off than I, in more pain than I. I will continue...I have the opportunity to continue only becoming stronger, even more humbled and determined. Everyday is truly a gift and that will always be how i embrace the world. Many thanks to everyone who allows me to share and chooses to invest. You will be glad you did a few years from now. Until next time...I am enjoying my rest ;)
 Her passion for art and for life inspire me.  Just her outlook on life became the inspiration for my painting I created for her back in 2010.  In exchange, she gave me this beautiful piece, entitled Butterfly Wishes.

My @savnac original

My @savnac original

Butterfly wishes by @savnac

When I look at this painting, it makes me think of how Carlleena rose above the chaos in her life.  To make an appearance at her show on Friday night after something so traumatic -- it's inspiring.  Above all, I could feel her gratefulness for being alive.  Her attitude is beautiful, much like my treasured painting, a Carlleena original.

@savnac butterfly

"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies."
-Author Unknown

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Juriko Kosaka and the Desk Project

Back when I participated in the Sketchbook Project in 2011, I discovered the art of Juriko Kosaka, a fellow participant in the project.  Through Art House Co-op's online forum, I learned about her art and her life in mainland Japan.  One of the projects she started is a project called the Desk Project.  For the project, Juriko asks willing participants to send in pictures of their desks so that she can draw them.  Intrigued, I sent a request for Juriko to draw my desk:

This is what she created from the iPhone picture of my work desk (isn't it AWESOME?):

Diana's Desk

In corresponding with Juriko, I learned that both of our mothers are from Okinawa.  (Small world, huh?  I loved that we had that instant bond -- uchinanchu's unite!)  She spends her time sketching and creating beautiful drawings with inks and acrylics and posts them often on her blog.  Many of her subjects are people she sees during the day - strangers going about the city, running errands, sitting on the train, walking through Tokyo.  If you would like to be a part of her project, visit Juriko's Desk Project link to read instructions on how to participate.  (Just make sure you send a picture of your messy desk -- she likes them better that way.)

"Then there's the joy of getting your desk clean, and knowing that all your letters are answered, 
and you can see the wood on it again."
- Lady Bird Johnson

Monday, April 23, 2012

Five Words Musing - April

April's Five Words Musing is up for your reading enjoyment.  We were all a little late in posting this month, but we all had a good excuse.  (Our Shannon got hitched last weekend and had a gorgeous beach wedding in Ocean Isle, and Jim and I were invited.  I think we may still be recuperating from our mini-vacations!)

The words for April were:


These words made me think of the honeymoon phase of a relationship - when you just want to spend every waking moment of every single day with the one you love.  Eventually, that feeling evolves, and love turns into something else other than infatuation.  You begin to grow together and apart - and that's a good thing.

But, oh, that honeymoon phase is a sweet time.  It's an intoxicating feeling that you wish you could just bottle up and savor forever.  With the right person, it's an opportunity for you to feel alive and truly understood and loved.

April Musing

"Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame."
- Henry David Thoreau


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