Monday, February 11, 2019

Saturday, February 9, 2019

_ On stories • “I don’t want it be over,” she cried. “But it’s not over,” explained Crow. “What do you mean? You just finished the story,” she said, as she pulled up the covers. “Stories never end, child, they only pick up again from some new starting place. Now go to bed. Tomorrow is a new day.” • Mobile: Camus Size: Approx. 22” tall x 14” wide Colors: Belton Molotow Premium paints in Anthracite Gray and Shock Orange • We are very much the stories we tell ourselves into being. Day in and day out, throughin and throughout our lifetimes, we walk the path of words and actions. We walk with bodies of language. Always in (some) place, we talk within walls of our making; speak within a world often divided between what is “out there” and what is “in here”; we vocalize our feelings, fears, hopes, and dreams against a backdrop of other bodies, other ways of walking, and still other places. With memory we dance with the skeletons of the past, refleshing them in the present, attempting to preserve some of them into a distant beyond. We confront, conflict, exchange, change, doubt, and wonder and yet we are always on the move – time and space wait for no one. As we speak our stories, what do we know to be true of the speaker, the spoken, the spoken to, the space around, the place between, the time within? What are the relations that attain between the words and action, the stories we tell, the memories we share, the places we create and those we occupy, the secrets we hold, the life we live? What do we know? What attains? It’s love. That’s what it is. • #mobile #kunst #forartssake #artnerd #hangingart #kineticart # #artwork #marklearydesigns #modernart #moderndesign #artofvisuals #artlover #minimalistic #artlife #mobileart #portlandart #popdesign #mcmdesign #art #designsponge #hangingsculpture #calder #alexandercalder #instaart #contemporaryart #abstractart #instagood #arte #artoftheday #instaart #instadaily

Friday, February 8, 2019

_ on trust • She stood there, unsure of which path to take. “But what if I make a mistake?” she wondered. “What if I choose the wrong way?” “What will happen then? Will I be okay? Will I know what to do?” She stood there for a long time, a knot tightening around her heart. “I’m not ready,” she feared. “I’m just not ready.” Yet at the exact moment she was going to turn back, the smallest ivory moth she’d ever seen landed like a kiss upon her shoulder: “When you trust yourself,” the moth whispered, “there can be no wrong way.” As she watched the moth flutter off, she took a breath, then a step, then another; and she realized quickly this day was going to be different than the rest. • Mobile: Levolor II. That day when I decided to make a mobile like a maze of intersecting paths out my old Levolor blinds. Size: Approx. 26” wide x 54” tall Color: Ubiquitous off-white • “If you can’t find joy in the path you are on and what you are working toward now, how do you expect to find joy once you get there?” – Anonymous • #mobile #kunst #forartssake #artnerd #hangingart #kineticart #artwork #marklearydesigns #modernart #moderndesign #artofvisuals #artlover #minimalistic #artlife #mobileart #portlandart #popdesign #mcmdesign #art #designsponge #hangingsculpture #calder #alexandercalder #instaart #contemporaryart #abstractart #instagood #arte #artoftheday #instaart #instadaily

Saturday, February 2, 2019

_ on looking back • The two little birds sat in a tree on a bare branch overlooking my studio. I don’t think they knew I could hear them: “I was told never ever ever do it,” the smaller one said. “But how will you know how far you’ve come?” asked the other, as she wiggled her tailfeathers in the cold morning. • “Don’t look back because you’re not moving that direction.” “How can you move forward if you keep re-reading the last chapter.” “Okay, go ahead and look back but don’t stare.” • So many hackneyed cliches. Yes, if thinking in the linear, the past has already happened, and sure, all life is lived in the present. But without looking back as well as up ahead, orientation sure becomes wildly challenging, doesn’t it? • [Photo: I’m looking back with gratitude at my very first “studio” (a wedge of my garage in Bend, OR), and so appreciative of the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, and the life I’ve lived between then and now.] • #mobile #kunst #forartssake #artnerd #hangingart #kineticart #kineticsculpture #artwork #marklearydesigns #modernart #moderndesign #artofvisuals #artlover #minimalistic #artlife #popdesign #mcmdesign #art #designsponge #hangingsculpture #calder #alexandercalder #instaart #contemporaryart #abstractart #instagood #arte #artoftheday #instaart #instadaily

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Support Write Around Portland with Art

 Spinning with Write Around Portland

This fall, it was my pleasure to facilitate another 10-week writing workshop with Write Around Portland (

If you're not familiar with this organization and the fabulous women who run it, Write Around is an amazing Portland nonprofit that offers free 10-week workshops facilitated by volunteers like me in prisons, affordable housing, schools, and hospitals, among other places, and then publishes every participating writer at the end of the workshop in an awesome anthology. 

If you're looking for a new organization to support / fall in love with, I can't say enough good things about Write Around. Visit their site to learn more and discover what makes their mission so unique and special.

After every session this fall, I wondered what I could do more to help spread the word about Write Around and support their awesome mission of respect, writing, and community.

So this year, I created a series of nine new "charity" mobiles - with 25% of the proceeds going to all the truly life-changing work the people at Write Around do. As of today, four of the mobiles have sold and five are still looking for new homes. 

Whether you purchase a mobile or not, I invite you to consider supporting Write Around continue their mission to use writing as "a powerful tool for individual and societal transformation, self-expression, healing and the realization of the dignity of one’s self and others."

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Here are the five remaining mobiles with links to Etsy (sorry for the poor picture quality):