My Favorite Time of Day

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“More Than Just A Pretty Face”

"More Than Just A Pretty Face"
“More Than Just A Pretty Face”

“The depth of a soul is not measured by what appears on the surface.”DSC00011 - Version 2

This piece was inspired by a conversation I had with a good friend. She had been working on an internet TV show and had overheard one of the producers say that he wasn’t sure about the content but that she looked good on camera… It made me think about how distorted the definition of beauty has become. We are all so much more than what we look like – so this is my poke at society and the media for its often harsh focus on looks and outward appearances.DSC00011 - Version 3

The mirror is vintage Ethan Allen and was given to me by another friend (I have great friends!). I decided to use it for this piece hoping the viewer would see something more in themselves than their physical appearance. The border has been hand papered with images of old measuring sticks and definitions enlarged from a 1930s dictionary. I chose definitions that I think capture the true beauty of a person: intelligence, humor, grace, strength, humility… The flowers in each corner are carved wood that I painted and antiqued.

I hope there will come a time when there is less focus on looks and more focus on the DSC00011 - Version 4substance within… And I also hope that when each of us looks in a mirror we are able to see our own inner beauty, in spite of what society and the media try to tell us.

The Power of Visualization

"Buddha" by Mark Burdette
“Buddha” by Mark Burdette

I loved this painting before I ever saw it in person. My partner, Michelle, came home one afternoon last October and said, “Wait til you see Mark’s new painting!” She had seen it at Sarasota Architectural Salvage and had taken a photo of it for me. I was blown away… Every single day after I saw that photo I visualized this painting in my house, on my wall. Last December my vision was realized – the painting now resides exactly where I thought it would be. I look at it daily – it holds power and depth and magic and inspiration for me. And it makes me feel grateful that my friend Mark followed his own artistic vision and created this amazing painting so it could hang in my living room and I could stare at it every day.

For more info about Mark Burdette, http://www.markburdette.us/

Until I Have Something To Say…

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Lunchtime View from O’Leary’s, Sarasota, Florida

There are times when I feel I have absolutely nothing to say… I wonder sometimes if it’s a winter thing. Even though I live in Florida I still do not feel like myself unless the temperature is consistently above 75 degrees. Fortunately, Spring is in full bloom so I am hoping I will soon regain my voice. Until then I thought I’d at least share a photo…

Good Start…

Looking north toward the downtown Sarasota from the approach to the Siesta Key Bridge.
Looking north toward downtown Sarasota from the approach to the Siesta Key Bridge.

Every weekday I get to drive over the north bridge to Siesta Key on my way to my part-time office job. Every day that I drive over this bridge I am grateful. I am always grateful for where I live – I have to thank my parents profusely for having me in Florida and not someplace where the temperature is hovering around freezing right now. But I feel more acutely aware of my gratitude whenever I am near the water. Every single time I drive over this bridge I am blown away by the beauty of this amazing place that is my home… This morning the bridge was up, the tide was out and I was fortunate enough to stop my vehicle in a spot that was perfect to take a quick photo. Pretty good way to start a day…

Bay Front Mystery

rocksFor a while now someone has been creating cool rock formations in my neighborhood. The first creations we saw were next to the sidewalk along the main road that runs through the neighborhood. Then they started showing up in the water at the little bay front park near my house. When the tide is out you can see them really well. But even at high tide you can see the tops of some of them – like natural pieces of art created for anyone passing by to see. Each one looks like it has been well thought out – stacked precisely and with great care…rocks2

I am so intrigued by these rock formations. I wonder who is making them. I am grateful I live in a neighborhood where this would happen. Part of me wants to know: who? what? when? where? why? how? But part of me simply enjoys the mystery of it all…

Don’t Blink…

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In a moment it seems that minutes turn into days and days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months… And when you turn around you realize how many things have happened in such a short amount of time and that you have neglected your blog for way too long… It makes me wonder where the time goes and if balance can really exist in the midst of so much busy-ness. But perhaps it’s not so important to try to figure out time as it is to remember to make every moment count…

Favorite Places – New Pass Grill

New Pass Grill is not fancy – the menu is limited, you place your order at the counter and seating is at picnic tables or bar stools outside. But the view is amazing and anytime I have been there, no matter how I was feeling, I instantly felt better. The best table in the house resides in the sand – you can take off your shoes and if the tide’s just right you can put your feet in the water while you eat. Just a little bit of Heaven on earth and it’s a quick 10 minute drive from where I live… Lucky me…