Art & Palate

Going from discovering an Australian blogs to Australian artists who paint food images…These artists featured in the book The Artist’s Lunch also have submitted recipes for this opulent book.

Here’s a fantastic painting of Quinces by Jeffery Smart.


And the cover of the book is equally as splendid — a feast for the eyes! That rooster’s tail feathers could be angel hair pasta.

cover of the Artist\'s Lunch, Michael Zavros, White Onagadori

I like the artist, Salvatore Zofrea’s quote, “I see the dish on the table as the link that brings everyone together to become one.”

Here’s a blog to check out, Feasting on Art. I like the way it’s set up to pair artwork with actual recipes. Very creative and appetizing.

Here’s the song that comes to mind to Kick Start the Weekend, Millions of Peaches by the Presidents of the USA.

Millions of Peaches – Presidents of the USA

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Slipcovers for Your Walls

This past electronic art exhibit (below), in its ability to demonstrate the ocean bed through electronic dots, reminds me of a beachy Slipcovers for Your Walls blog post today. This is a new blog that I’ve started for casart coverings along with the casart crew — solely related to ways to use casart™ and interior design.

Slipcovers for Your Walls casartblog header

Another introduction to make is that casart coverings is now using Twitter.

casartcrew on Twitter

ElectrElectronic Art Exhibit at Total Museum of Contemporary Art via Korea Times

Here’s another exhibit that’s worth posting, even though it’s already occurred, for the premise to promote creativity, the Creative Mind at the Savina Museum. I like the photos as well — rather out of the box, literally and this is what our casart coverings concept is too.

Creative Mind Exhibit @ Savina Museum via Korean Times

And here’s a current, very resourceful link for everything art oriented in New Orleans. I love the New Orleans Art Museum and used to attend camp there and go as many times as I could. The surrounding park is gorgeous and there are free weekly musical concerts, called “Thursdays at Twilight,” that my mother attends.

New Orleans Museum of Art

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Birthday Flowers & Blog Anniversary

Even though my birthday was a week ago, these flowers are still lovely and the arrangement is so artistically done. These were given to me by one of my best friends along with the beautiful tulip card. (Liza used to live in Holland.) Seems like the place to get beautiful flowers in my town is at Helen Olivia because they are just gorgeous and the attention to the design details are just impeccable, like their signature ribbon wrap. I also appreciate that their store is named after the owners’ grandmothers, signifying a passed down wisdom.

birthday-flowers-09 by C. Ashley Spencer

My other cards are thanks to my artist friend, Patsie, and my mother and mother-in-law. Love it. I’m not a big birthday celebrant but these helped to make my day and my birthday celebration linger. Another anniversary that I have to mention is I have been writing this blog now for one year and it has certainly grown and has been rewarding. Although I see my time dwindling as casart coverings takes over, I hope to keep current in the art world by being able to post what I find here. There is so much out there.

Here was one story, for instance, that really touched me, Confronting Life of Death at a Young Age, by Ibby Caputo — not only the writing but the sentiment, so true: in a powerless situation, the will to live gives personal power to try. I can relate to being young and with a cancer diagnosis; although not of her severity, but while pregnant, nonetheless, so a lot was at stake. She describes her fight so bravely and realistically. I’m glad I saved the print edition because what is just as powerful as her story is her recovery and the laughter and joy seen in this picture (with a blue morpho butterfly, which happens to be our new company’s symbol of rebirth and trasformation).

Ibby Caputo by Steven Caputo via The Washington Post

The Post has a wonderful new writer for their Health Section. I’ll be interested to read more.

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The Creative Genius

I have read, Eat, Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert and I thought it was entertaining and descriptive about her reflective journey, which in many ways might parallel the creative process of artists finding their way toward production. But since I have long been fascinated by the creative process, I think her next, new book, will have much more substance. She is really onto something here in her lecture at the TED Conference.

I have long thought that there is divine inspiration in the creative output. Sometimes that flash of inspiration just can’t be explained. If we can accept that there is a mystery, greater than ourselves guiding us, then the explanation for a “creative genius” takes on a whole other, maybe more meaningful meaning.

I learned of the video through Derek Siver’s blog about music.

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The Importance of Others

Happy Thanksgiving!

As this holiday seems to be here so quickly this year, I am reminded of the importance of others and how we should be grateful for their existence and how they have affected our lives. As I mentioned in a recent post that there is an art to living life well, there is also and art in being able to appreciate others and the simple blessings that make our lives memorable. This includes family and friends of course but also the preparation of the meal that we sit down to eat in the company of those we love. It’s a traditional communion of sorts.

Here are a few links to posts that really struck me as artistically heartfelt and worthwhile.

1) The Boldness of Her Brush Strokes by Anne E. Carroll about the memories of her 90 year old grandmother.

2) An exhibit about memory based on family photographs — negatives on glass by Anthony Goicolea

Artwork by Anthony Goicolea

This exhibit reminds me of the discussion I had with my 16 year old, who is home for the holiday, about one of my favorite books by Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, in relation to politics and how a government can “rewrite” history in just the little things we take for granted like changing street names, so that an entire generation grows up learning something different and forgets about the past. There are insidious ways this occurs and it happens sometimes without us even knowing. Something to be aware of with every new leadership. This was after we answered the call from our church to deliver 75 Thanksgiving meals to the needy. My teenage son didn’t want to go of course, but we said we had to run errands before going to brunch and afterwards, he was glad he helped. It was tearful to see joy on the little kids’ faces when we showed up with the meals for them and their families. There is something to be said for those who don’t take things for granted. Trying to impart this philosophy onto a teenager, even with the foundation you’ve worked hard to provide, is a tough task.

3) Making sense of painful tragedies as described in the Creative Imperative on the theinferior4+1 blog

Since my preteen goddaughter and her twin and their two younger siblings just lost their father, I am very concerned in how this will affect them as they grow older. Loss can manifest itself through art — hopefully in a positive way. Art therapy helps too as well as the support of the village network of friends and family.

4) I just came across this culture blog, 2 Blowhards, and I’ll be checking it out more, but I particularly like this post regarding Tom Thompson. I was unfamiliar with his work but it’s very apropos since my last post showed trees. I like his “Tiffany-like” stylistic stroke and this one of the water beyond the trees. Reminds me of the beauty of a lovely, crisp, colorful fall day, which this is.


5) Finally the link above led me to Tyler Green’s Modern Art Notes/an arts journal, contemporary art blog…something to stay tuned to.

All the best wishes for this day of thanks with the ones you love (and that’s despite any tension family members can bring). My recipe: have a cocktail and endure!

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Antique Books

The annual Book Festival is coming to Washington, DC this weekend on the Mall and I thought this photo was very appealing.

antique-books-photo by Larry Kobelka/Washington Post

I’ve always like the look of worn, antique books, as well as reading them. Their covers and colors remind me of certain decorative finishes, like faux rust or copper.

Yeah, the weekend is here, but more work to do is ahead. Have a great one!

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It’s all in a Dream

I was fascinated by The Writing Life story in the Washington Post Book World regarding Robert Olen Butler’s account of how a dream changed his life because it changed his creative process for his writing. He describes how his dream of Richard Nixon made him reflect differently on the man, who he detested. It’s actually an interesting dream — similar to weird, funny but inexplicably, unsettling dreams we all might have and not think too much about, but they still bother us. Upon trying to understand his dream, Butler came to recognize that the “sensuous details…[were] probably the most important” and were the ones that could be easily overlooked. In these details he witnesses Nixon’s humanity — something shared in the human experience and he realized that his insight into this man didn’t come truthfully from his analytical reasoning of him but from his dream — his “unconscious.” Sometimes the artistic flow and insight comes from not thinking too hard but from paying more attention.

Robert Olen Butler. Photo by Joshua Butler

I agree with listening to the inner self, paying attention to the details and trying to make sense of it all but I disagree that observations shouldn’t also be logically based. I think it’s up to the artist, not to “act out the role of God,” as he positions but to strike the balance between intuition and rationale and it’s more important to be a loving person than a loving God. Should we, as mere mortal humans really presume to play the role of God, anyway?…. Nonetheless, I’m intrigued to read some of his work.

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Opportunities & Art Contests

Here are a few creative opportunities for all artists out there. Listed by deadline:

1. Write a Musical Ode to Your Pet

Deadline, Friday, September 19. Sponsored by the Washington Post. Prize $100 if selected. Contest Rules.

2. Washington, DC Fotoweek Event & Contest

Hoping to establish itself as the nation’s premiere photography festival, this inaugural event of Fotoweek DC will feature an exhibition in the heart of Georgetown, awards ceremony and gala at the National Geographic Society’s Headquarters. Fotoweek DC will run from November 15-22. Deadline to enter: September 22, 2008. For more information about this exciting event, visit: Offering professional, amateur and student awards up to $37,000 in cash prizes.

(Credit: This mention was found through the Del Ray Artisans)

3. Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award

Creative writing deadline is September 30th. $20/entry and $1,000 prize. Follow this link on the Creative Writing Contest Blog.

For Reference, a whole hosts of contests are listed at the Prosperous Artists blog. Some entries may have past but others go through 2009. Plus, check the ArtList under my blog roll for Opportunities for Artists, listing the latest contests.

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Beach Reading List

Here’s a list of recent art related books for potential beach reading:

1) Jack’s Notebook by Gregg Fraley about using a novel approach to creative problem solving.

An interview with the author and the type of creative process involved in his book is discussed on the Education Innovation blog. This book seems so innovative that I’m thinking about getting it for my 16 year old, Jackson — maybe he can even relate to the title (although we don’t call him Jack).

2) The Art of Creative Thinking by John Adair

Here’s a review of the key points in seven chapters on the Ku Tenk 2000 blog.

3) And finally, here’s an interesting summer reading list worth checking out on the Creative Liberty blog.

Besides taking a “working” vacation, I have some other pleaure reading to do as well but I thought these mentions might be helpful for not losing the creative spark while I get entrenched in the business aspect of my art.

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There is certainly art in writing, but what about art in relaying the written word? My last two posts got me thinking about how art forms that are typically viewed one way can acquire deeper appreciation when processed differently than what is excepted and how perseverance pays off.

Book Cover for The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer

I just “read” The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer for my book group. I have been so busy that it’s been hard to find the luxury of leisure time to sit down and read a book. Usually it’s at night when I finally have the chance to do this and I have a Pavlov’s Dog response in falling asleep after the first page. I have found that downloading the books, when they are available through, allows me to listen while I work or drive or on the computer. Sometimes I can’t multitask but certainly while I’m folding laundry and listening to my iPod, I can.

I am such a visual person that it helps to see the words as I read to remember them but with listening, it takes an extra mental step for me to visually process what is being said. I have found that this can be more memorable than just reading, especially when the narrator is an eloquent speaker.

At least this was the case with this particular book. It was poignant, involving an epic search for a father-figure and a self identity theme, as well as it was gritty and humorous. I was laughing and crying simultaneously and that rarely happens for me when I read, except with a few books. I think it was however, the fact that the author narrated how he wanted his book to be read and received. I was just as taken with what he had to say as how he said it. He was able to give personality to all his characters with different tonal inflections, including females. He brought them all to life and this was particularly difficult since he was relaying an autobiographical account of his own upbringing. It’s hard to remain detached about your own personal stuff. He seems to have found the right balance in his delivery, just as an objective reporter should but without lacking the human touch. Oh and for the perseverance part, as a writer struggling to get recognition and then did with his Pulitzer Prize article, this was the story he was meant to tell all along and I think it has paid off. I was very moved by its message and I would highly recommend it across the board — for women, mothers (particularly those of sons), men, fathers and even my pensive teenager. There are a lots of universal, life-lessons to be learned through this book and I see a birthday present soon on the horizon. Good thing he doesn’t read this blog. :)

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