I've been reading an astonishing book by Irish poet John O'Donohue in which he argues that many of the world's problems can be traced to our neglect of Beauty and our growing indifference to ugliness all around us: ugly speech, ugly buildings, ugly art. In Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, he offers all kinds of suggestions for reacquainting ourselves with the beautiful, the tender, the gentle, the kind, both in nature and in each other.
This reminded me of the Native American prayers concerning the Beauty Way, and wishing for each other that we "walk in beauty." What a wonderful purpose to undertake. What a wonderful filter through which to make choices and decisions.
What might your Beauty Way be?
2017 Art Giveaway
One of my goals this year is to give away 60 paintings. You may remember that last year I donated 30 paintings to the Letty Owings Treatment Center here in Portland. This year I want to get 60 paintings into the hands of people who would enjoy them.
I'm starting with a series of mini-paintings (8"x10"). These paintings are in acrylic with a metallic component and are ready to hang. One can be yours (or sent as a gift) for $10 for shipping and handling to any US address.
To order one, email me at email@example.com. To see what's available, click here: http://bit.ly/2l9KiCG
Send a valentine to the universe:
Donate $20 to send a kid
from the Wishram Reservation to art camp
Lyle, Washington, has a tiny K-12 school and serves the Wishram Indian Reservation east of White Salmon on the Columbia River. These Native American kids and their families have next to nothing. The Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon, offers full scholarships for week-long theater and art day camps in the summer.
I'm committed to raising $1500 to send 20 kids from Lyle School to camp in 2017. That's $75 a child. Please consider putting $20* in an envelope and mailing it today to Summer Art Camp Scholarships, Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR 97031.
These small generosities are an amazing way to make a big difference. Thank you from my heart to yours.
*Or any amount. You can make the check out to Columbia Center for the Arts and mark it "summer art camp."
Intention:Making art every day in gratitude for the colors of life Mission: Establishing creative self-expression as a key ingredient for recovery Motto: Make art and heal the heart
Carmelita (aka Stinky Pete), who recently joined my sister Kerry's home office, was a big help at a recent gift wrapping event.