october 26, 2018

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“There are two ways of being rich: one is to have all you want, the other is to be satisfied with what you have.” ~ Unknown

 

art

 

Several months ago I bought an incredible piece of art by VL Cox. Lynette (VL) and I have been friends for a couple of decades now (courtesy Angie Bliss Fanning), and her career as an artist has skyrocketed in that time. In fact, right now, she’s riding a shooting star, getting noticed in NYC and DC and Lord knows where else. She’s doing really great, important work. So when I had a chance to buy a piece, I took it. Today, I drove out to Oklahoma and made a pit stop in Little Rock, Lynette’s home base, and picked up the painting entitled “Castile.” I met her sweet partner, Sherrie Shepherd herself an accomplished artist (see syndicated cartoon ‘Francie’), who helped facilitate the drive by art deal. You know, some people do drug deals. I do art deals. I think it’s a habit worth keeping, and if I ever have the means to buy another VL Cox, I’m doing it. A photo does not do this painting justice. It’s absolutely stunning. I win Friday.

 

art dealer

march 12, 2016

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“All complaints about life today will be ignored
unless they are submitted in the format of elegant haiku poetry.”
~ Dr. SunWolf

 

the awesome LL
the awesome LL

 

Lori-Lyn Hurley is one of the most eloquent speakers I know. From lunch conversation to contemplative dialogue, she is thoughtful and succinct in everything she says. We’ll add that to her laundry list of talents. I had the honor of being in a discussion with her today at ArtsPlace about art as prayer. It was part of LexArts’ Arts Weekend. At the time we signed up we didn’t realize the city’s plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (the parade started the same time we did), or that Comic Con was in the convention center, or that Disney On Ice was at Rupp Arena. And there was a lot going on inside ArtsPlace, too. The Chamber Choir was in just before us. We could hear children singing on another floor. Some of the most elegant Latina dancers stomping to Mariachi music helped end our day. It was a fun, festive atmosphere in downtown Lexington. There was one unusual thing that happened though. There was a man, another artist from the looks of it, going about his business as if we weren’t there. Through our entire conversation he continued to set up his artwork and lights and projectors and God knows what else. I’m still scratching my head over it. (I should write that as a haiku I suppose) While I was completely distracted by the man-with-no-name Lori-Lyn remained poised, as if we were the only people in existence. Yet another talent I wish I had. I’d start talking, see the man-with-no-name drag in something else, and suddenly fifteen minutes had passed. Lori-Lyn was awfully sweet to let me yammer on. But she did speak, and that’s what I wanted out of this deal. I wanted people to hear her talk about her work and be inspired like I had been inspired when she gave a similar talk in Ewing back in the fall. I have never been with her that I didn’t learn something or become inspired or feel as if I was in the presence of someone with more passion in her pinky than a whole town of people put together. I hope our small audience was able to overlook the interloper because, if they were, then hearing Lori-Lyn speak was worth every roadblock they surely went through to get there. It was a fantastic day made all the more memorable by the man-with-no-name and the wonderful friends, old and new, who came out to support art.

 

the colors that matter
the colors that matter

december 5, 2015

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“One of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy
without the things we cannot or should not have.” ~ Richard L. Evans

 

love
love abounds

 

It started with a completely out-of-this-world foggy/frosty morning drive to the little hamlet of Ewing, Kentucky. There, at a small gallery called Soul Mates, Stacy Yelton and I attended an extraordinary artist discussion by Lori-Lyn Hurley (above with her soul mate, the equally awesome and talented Tracy Hawkins).

 

telling stories
telling stories

 

Lori-Lyn is able to talk about art and her journey with it, and through it, with such eloquence. The story of how she broke open her creative shell; I’ve never had a story speak to me the way Lori-Lyn’s story spoke to me. The reclamation of her creative self was eerily similar to my own. She said so many valuable things about the connection between art and spirituality. The one that stood out to me, (I’m paraphrasing here) is that we are made in the Creators image, and as such, we are each Creators. We are bound to create whether through painting, photography, words, cooking, what have you. The mere act of creating brings us closer to our truth. Lori-Lyn was incredibly open, vulnerable really, about how she has come to focus her vision on the sacred feminine, and how it has transformed her life in all manner of ways. I just find her inspired and inspiring. I can’t say enough about how much I love her as a person, and how I value her work. She, and it, are important in this world. Tracy was so right when he said (again with the paraphrase) that this morning’s drive in the fog was the perfect metaphor for art: you’re driving through fog looking for your place, your meaning, and then – boom – there it is.

 

like layers of an onion
like layers of an onion

 

It was an extraordinary morning filled with good friends, new friends, glorious art, and the sharing of a delicious homemade meal by the incredible Amy Maupin. And that drive through the frosty fog? Heaven on Earth. I couldn’t ask for more.

june 28, 2014

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“Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
~ Mother Teresa

 

om of the Virgin's ceiling crystal
om of the Virgin’s ceiling crystal

 

While working on Lori-Lyn’s sacred spaces I came across this image. I think it might be my favorite so far. It speaks of peace, faith, tranquility, goodness and harmony; things important in our daily lives to ensure happiness and everlasting peace.

 

niece love
niece love

 

Outside, Lori-Lyn has a Mary Garden. Recently, her nieces, whom she keeps during the summer months, created a painting. When she asked them where they’d like to put it, they placed it in the Mary Garden. Not only is it a beautiful painting, but it’s perfect for the Mary Garden. It’s refreshing to see such love and joy spring from two young people.

november 23, 2013

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As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them,
to your great delight and benefit.
” ~ Emmanuel Teney

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I went into the office for a few hours. Much to my delight BFF Gordon Hogg was also in the office. His personal space is so chock full of cool stuff that I could stare at it for hours. That’s beside the point. The point is, any day I see Gordon is a good day. All that other stuff is just icing.