Posts Tagged ‘painting


Some Make It, Some Not So Much…

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.”  Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

I worked my way into a no go zone of sorts. A burned out business that has had a checkered past since the fire. Eventually it was closed off, but the signs of intrusion and recent dated ‘art’ were evident. An interesting combination (I am sure there is a more artistic/creative term) of urban decay and a canvas for many competing ‘artists’…even the failed ones.  I will share more along the way. Banksy Creations

art, graffiti, tagging, Portland, SwittersB



Sigh…On a Lighter Note

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“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.” T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood



Art (In all its forms)

“I don’t want life to imitate art, I want life to be art.” Ernst Fischer

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” Da Vinci



Preaching to the Choir

Preaching to the choir, or the older reference to the converted, suggests that as you are already before me, for various reasons, you most probably already have a certain mind set toward creativity, the arts, photography, the outdoors, even acceptance of my foibles. But, I need to write this because of something I came upon today that was tucked away for years and the discovery reminded me of several lessons in life…that you know, but maybe might want to share on a broader scale within your immediate sphere of influence.  I am not talking the blogosphere (I hate that clumsy word). I mean your family and friends.  

Encouraging others to create: to paint, to photograph, to draw, to write, to put their senses to use to create something is perhaps as important as you doing the creating and craving the accolades. It does sound as if I am indeed preaching!

flowers-painting-photography-family-SwittersBFor example, my Mother. She came from a harsh, I will call it violent/abusive background. Out the door as a teen and never looked back. She went through life with an edge, an attitude, a harsh streak of her own. Later in life, she attempted to paint. Mostly flowers, mostly looking at someone else’s work and trying to copy it. She did this in a vacuum. No support, no praise, no encouragement beyond a very few that were on the edges of the family. That kept her going for awhile. I won’t go into how it all fell apart here.

Suffice to say, one of the most creative, gentle, proud times of her life was when she painted. I know I liked what she did, but I can’t recall really talking to her about it. I have most of her creations now…the beautiful and the not so.

Encourage those near and on the edges of your personal life. Away from this choir, this congregation, to create and be alive beyond the grind of life. It may well be one of the few lovely times in their life beyond knowing you.


Peeling Paint

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?”  Pablo Picasso

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my reality.” Frida Kahlo

“I just happen to like ordinary things. When I paint them, I don’t try to make them extraordinary. I just paint them ordinary-ordinary.”   Andy Warhol



National Invasive Species Week (Think Before You Buy, Plant or Dump)

Well, the Nat’l Invasive Species Week (March 3-8) is a good time to stress the economic impact of invasive species. Here is an Oregon run down of plant species that cause problems.


Madeline Von Foerster’s painting “Invasive Species II”

 “Invasive weeds and pests are more than a gardener’s dilemma. These species are not native to our area and pose a threat to natural areas, human health, and our local economy.

The estimated economic impact of invasive species totals 143 billion dollars per year within the United States. Within the state of Oregon, the impact associated with just twenty-one invasive weed species costs Oregonians $125 million dollars per year in lost agricultural production, fire damage, and control expenses. We all pay the bill through increased food costs, higher taxes, and decreased property values. These impacts clearly show the economic benefits associated with controlling invasive weeds.”

Factor in exotic animals, water borne invasions with the plant and the non-native tweaking of the habitat does have consequences for us all.



A Perceptive Eye: Mike Kinney Photography

Painting by my niece, Lauren Lynn Haney, (19), Newberg, Oregon

For several years now, I have noticed the photographic work of Mike Kinney on Facebook. At first, he wrote about his apparent passion of steelhead fly fishing in Washington. But, I noticed him inserting early morning pictures on rivers and they were eye catching. A part time passion it seemed. Now, I notice Mike takes some very beautiful pictures and I found a compilation of them…..very nice work.

Benetteville by Mike Kinney


Art: Gabriel Moreno…Bold Advertising

Gabriel Moreno exhibits a bold combination of dreamy, swirling lines and in almost every instance faces seem to form before your eyes. Art, Advertising, Fanciful Illustrations. 

Gabriel Moreno’s Brizo


Providence Hospital Cancer Center~Arrequin Painting, Lobby

untitled~by Arrequin, 2006

untitled~by Arrequin, 2006

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