Monday, March 12, 2012

NYC, Montauk, NY, Rokeby Farm, Barrytown, NY 2009

NYC Street scenes and sights 2009

Saw this while walking the streets of NYC with my kid a couple of summers ago. Reminded me of the sights I saw growing up there in the pre-Disneyfication days.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Kerrville Folk Festival

The most peaceful place on earth - check out some photos.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Grand Canyon/ the kiss
I uploaded these because I couldn't stand to see that cat puke again when I logged in. ha,ha,ha,ha...

Friday, May 29, 2009


Is this art?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


having trouble with my other blogger accounts so i wanted to check here..

Friday, May 1, 2009

A Dream of Trees by Mary Oliver

There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees,
A quiet house, some green and modest acres
A little way from every troubling town,
A little way from factories, schools, laments.
I would have time, I thought, and time to spare,
With only streams and birds for company.
To build out of my life a few wild stanzas.
And then it came to me, that so was death,

A little way away from everywhere.
There is a thing in me still dreams of trees,
But let it go. Homesick for moderation,
Half the world’s artists shrink or fall away.
If any find solution, let him tell it.

Meanwhile I bend my heart toward lamentation
Where, as the times implore our true involvement,
The blades of every crisis point the way.
I would it were not so, but so it is.
Who ever made music of a mild day?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Per Ken's request

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pics from Oak Cliff

You can see more here. Enjoy! :-)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A 'shantytown' southeast San Antonio.


downtown San Antonio at night. It is very pretty and I love the old and new buildings side by side, such as an old cathedral from the 1780's and a newer hotel from this century. Actually I believe this is the courthouse.
In San Antonio, kids tag the cactus.

This means SUCKER'S CREEK! ha,ha,ha

It applies because it is so dry there.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Pointed Pen work and Mixed media Old and New

This is the poster I made for the Dallas Postcard club for the March show and sell.

Title : Stellawolf    
Inkblot art finished off with brush and pointed pen.  Idea for art was influenced by Hermann Hesse's novel  Steppenwolf.

This is a mixed media collage . It has jewelry, and even a bit of my grandmother's apron on it. Theme is superficial excessive materialism.

Ink blot art. finished off with my brush and pointed pen. Title is the ancient motif "Green Man".

There are four statues ( in Turkey I think)that have the words  Wisdom, Knowledge, friendship,and Understanding engraved on them. These would be my ideals for any group of people. I made it for the Creative Circle.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Painting

Ok, this is my newest painting, hope you like it. Titled "Liberation" 30 x 40 Acrylic

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I made these beads

Naked by Kerri Arista

Naked from Willie Baronet on Vimeo.

This was a homework assignment for my video production class, and Kerri was kind enough to be the subject. Hope you enjoy. And her song is great!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Dear Creative Circle,

I am still in San Antonio. My niece, a senior in high school, was notified this weekend that one of her artpieces will be exhibited at the State Visual Artist's Scholastic Exhibit (V.A.S.E. - if you google it, you will see some cool high school art pieces).

We are very proud of her. She is excited. Last year, her art project, which I have uploaded for you, was also chosen. She uses the technique of pointillism - like Seurat. I wish you could see the pieces up close because the detail is something else. In all her focus on finishing and getting her newest project finished, she forgot to take a pic. So now she won't see if again until it is in the actual exhibit in Houston - in April.

Hope all are well and expressing their passions.


Friday, February 13, 2009

The San Antonio sky and a rusty fence
by my niece, Elena.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hey Creative Types! I am in San Antonio now. My wonderful niece who is about to graduate from high school this Spring takes great pics. The carnation is one taken at the Botanical Gardens in SA. And the second pic is my niece with her dog Hercules- capturing the same expression! She is an accomplished artist. I will send you another pic of her drawings soon. I am very proud of her. Love Dolores

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bare tree on a cool, sunny winter day at the lake

Hi friends. I took this picture at White Rock last weekend. I like the starkness of the bare tree, the hardscrabble earth in the foreground, the brooding, dark clouds overhead, and the steely light reflecting on the water. It all made for a simple composition that seemed to work.

Kids performing and being safe. The black and white shot was taken in another city, but I have seen something similar before and I NEVER WANT to see it again. The arts can do a lot.

Working with summer camps at an inner city rec. center. I love teaching these. It is one of the few places in Dallas where kids of all colors work together and have fun.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

I'm really enjoying making beads!

This is what I made the first week. You work with file and beautiful colors of glass - it's so much fun!

Monday, January 19, 2009


Here's the photo of my 3D Dali collage that sold. It has a quote by Carl Jung on Creativity and the title Become Who You Are is from a book by Alan Watts.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Circle 12.10

This evening we checked-in as usual, and then discussed the insidiousness of resistance, how it creeps into our lives, and also some brought up portions of the book that particularly struck them as useful for them at the time: for instance, some feel the tug of the call of love and duty to family, others mentioned the trouble of having so many ideas, and I particularly loved the sections discussing heirarchies vs. territories, how the artist need not compete so much as contribute to his or her "artistic bank account" from which no one can initiate withdrawals.

Pressfield thinks the professional artist rightly sees his art as a "territory" that he/she visits and in which he operates alone and exerts full control over his growth and progress and in which there is no possibility of sabotage, if the artist just does the work--the question of recognition being a separate issue and not one that deserves concern, since it is usually not something one has any control over and has little to do with the art itself.

In the exercise portion we worked in pairs, one member adopting the voice of Resistance specific to the individual in the pair, and the other talking back from the perspective of the creative soul on its path. Each person had his or her own experience of what that conversation signified, and overall there appeared to be a common theme that we tend to deprioritize our art at times.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Circle 11.25

During this evening we checked-in and covered lots of issues related to resistance and things that get in the way of doing our creative "stuff," ranging from thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, including issues of self-sabotage. We talked about creative expressions that aren't necessarily fine art, but other things we do or have done that express our creativity, like cooking or home renovation.

In the discussion of the book topic, we shared a variety of thoughts on the ideas presented, some not liking the idea of an "impersonal outside" force that works against you, but most agreeing that we ourselves sometimes aren't on our own pages about our creative endeavors and get distracted. Plainly stated--some people like the book and some don't.

For the art activity, we created collages for the most part, some with charcoal, that express our ideas on Resistance and what it means to overcome it.

Some of the Art on Resistance 11.25

Men/Women at ... Play 11.25

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Circle 11.18

After check-ins this week, we talked about the first few pages in The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (those aren't numbered since they function as a preface to the next part of the book which covers the topic of Resistance). The topics were What I Do, What I Know, and The Unlived Life.

The art portion began with the intention of painting in an abstract way the Inner Being or that energy that inspires us as artists (but rules are meant be broken, etc.). The prompt for the activity came from a line in the book (on one of those not numbered pages), "A writer writes with his genius; an artist paints with hers; everyone who creates operates from this sacramental center. It is our soul's seat, the vessel that holds our being-in-potential, our star's beacon and Polaris."

On Tuesday, the 2nd, we'll cover pages 5-30 of Book One, RESISTANCE: Defining the Enemy.

The opening quotation for this first section is by the Dalai Lama:

"The enemy is a very good teacher."

Just a few notes about the schedule. We won't meet Nov. 25th on account of Thanksgiving unless some of you want to alter that (we can discuss via email) and then we are scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 2, and then Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:00, beginning Dec. 10.
Finally, welcome to Brynne and Dot--we are happy to meet you! Some of us are planning to meet at the DMA this Friday evening for Late Night at the DMA (around 7:30 at the front desk). So join us if you are so inclined.

Circle Gathering 11.18