Monthly Archives: July 2013

Painting Creatures


“When you see a fish you don’t think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water… If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit.” – Constantin Brancusilatest-koi

Favorite Goethe Quotes


“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Nine requisites for contented living:
Health enough to make work a pleasure.
Wealth enough to support your needs.
Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor.
Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
Faith enough to make real the things of God.
Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Rainer Maria Rilke Quotes


“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Printed matter - Book cover - German ornamentation

“Why do you want to shut out of your life any uneasiness, any misery, any depression, since after all you don’t know what work these conditions are doing inside you? Why do you want to persecute yourself with the question of where all this is coming from and where it is going? Since you know, after all, that you are in the midst of transitions and you wished for nothing so much as to change. If there is anything unhealthy in your reactions, just bear in mind that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself from what is alien; so one must simply help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and to break out with it, since that is the way it gets better.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet


Hermann Hesse Quotes


When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all. – Hermann HesseDries, the Netherlands


To hold our tongues when everyone is gossiping, to smile without hostility at people and institutions, to compensate for the shortage of love in the world with more love in small, private matters; to be more faithful in our work, to show greater patience, to forgo the cheap revenge obtainable from mockery and criticism: all these are things we can do. ”- Hermann Hesse

(c) Museums Sheffield; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Each man had only one genuine vocation – to find the way to himself….His task was to discover his own destiny – not an arbitrary one – and to live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else was only a would-be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity and fear of one’s own inwardness. – Hermann Hesse

Gustave Moreau - the evening



A Quote You Can Taste

Doesn’t this perfectly describe the moment when you can smell leaves and smoke at the same time in October or November?
Budapest, Hungary1“It was the time of year, the time of day, for a small insistent sadness to pass into the texture of things. Dusk, silence, iron chill. Something lonely in the bone.”

— Don DeLillo, White Noise

New Store, New Herbs!


Red clover


My art teacher told me about a health food store in town called Country Life.  I thought it was a restaurant!  But that’s just in the back.  I went to take a look today and they have all different types of Traditional Medicine teas, as well as loose roots and flowers, spices, coconut, almond and tapioca flour.  Whee!  So much fun.  I bought six different herbs and right now I’m steeping a pot of Red Yarrow Flower, Red Clover Blossom and Passion Flower.  Healthy, healthy indeed!  I’m going to list the different ones and link to how to infuse.  It’s the only way I’ll keep them straight.  (I had no idea you had to infuse roots for thirty minutes!  Good to know.)

Marshmallow Root  – good for breathing and gastric

Valerian Root – supports healthy sleep and relaxation, but you can suffer slight withdrawal symptoms if you take every night and stop suddenly.  Legend has it that the Pied Pipe of Hamelin used Valerian to entice the rats!

Comfrey Root – Damn!  Waste of money, you shouldn’t take internally, it has been linked to liver damage.  Looks like oil, poultice and other topical treatments only.

Red Yarrow Flower-cardiovascular support and detoxifier

Red Clover Blossom – respiratory system, liver, cardiovascular, calming

Passionflower – insomnia, overactive mind, worry.




Furlough Painting


I will only work four days a week until the end of the fiscal year and I’ll also take a 20% cut in pay.  To make that more worthwhile – really, minus the money thing, it’s not so bad, my schedule is much better with three days off! – I’m trying to paint and learn.  The first shot is the subject and what I painted last week.  The second shot is how I changed it.  Less cartoonish, but is it more amateurish?  Love the metal, but it looks like bronze instead of brass.  Sigh.  This stuff is getting easier VERY. . . Slowly.  🙂

Painting week one

Painting week 2

The Body Amazing


Consider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 km/sec across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not ‘you’. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato.

The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colors you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.

NASA Lunar Science Institute, We Originated in the Belly of a Star (2012)

Pink moon