20 Feb 2014 2 Comments
11 Sep 2012 Leave a comment
I stole this off of facebook (here).
I love, love, love it!
I also can’t help but think that it may help some today.
07 Aug 2012 Leave a comment
I’m not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories.
Either something works, or it doesn’t.
12 Apr 2012 2 Comments
”The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections (or mistakes, if you’re feeling particularly depressed about them today) are your guides — valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgmental guides — to matters you need to reconsider or develop further.”
— David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear.
My dance teacher had a saying, “There are no mistakes, only variations. Some intentional, some not.”
Edison is credited with saying, “I didn’t fail 1000 times, I found 1000 ways that didn’t work.” (paraphrased)
In my art and art history classes we often talk about Action Painting. Where the artist isn’t trying to use the painting to create an illusion, but the painting is evidence of the action taken. If I move my arm in this manner, the paint falls in this way and the canvas takes record of it.
In this same manner, I think that mistakes, failures, and detours are evidence of our having taken action. If you are moving forward, acting to make progress, trying and doing, then not everything will go according to plan. But it will go how it is supposed to go and you will get where you need to be, even if you take the long way to get there.
02 Nov 2011 Leave a comment
After much searching, dithering, deciding, undeciding and such, we finally settled on this for our costume:
While we were trick or treating there was a tear in the fabric of the space-time continuum which allowed the phantom from a parallel universe to cross over into this one. This phantom was the same, but just a bit different.
The best house we went to was this one:
What followed was an EPIC BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL wherein the Fairy Princess and her Knights faced off against Death itself!
In the end, the Fairy Princess defeated the Grim Reaper with a whack from her magic wand! And all is safe in the land once again.
We are free to dance with skeletons once again.
09 Sep 2011 14 Comments
We move together. Slow, quick, quick.
My hand in yours. You lead.
I follow, but you cannot lead
without my agreeing to the steps.
You pose a question in movement.
I answer with a corresponding motion.
In this way we conversate together.
You hold me close, but still
allow me room to spin freely.
We step, step, glide, pivot, turn
across the dance floor in harmony.
Weaving a path safely through, around.
You clasp my hand in yours.
The intention of your body funnelled
through your arms, telegraphed through fingers,
guiding us to the music’s rhythm.
My hand rests lightly in yours.
Neither’s hand clutches. They need space.
Tethered together by choice, by action.
A too firm grip ruins flow.
A too weak hold can’t follow.
“Spaghetti arms” can’t maintain a conversation.
The delicate balance between strong and soft
is navigated step by step, collaboratively.
Honey, would you care to dance?
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03 Jun 2011 24 Comments
six things that bring me joy.
This post is part of Six Word Fridays over at Melissa’s. Go find some more JOY and maybe add your own!