The Pink Dog Painting

I was thinking about the pink dog painting sitting in my studio. First I thought I should paint over it and just do something more sellable but when I looked at it again, I could not do it.
If I cannot bring myself to lose it then it must have something of merit.
Yes it is a whimsical painting and a primitive outlined dog is not what I usually do but I love that painting.
I was thinking back when I went to the art museum and saw the Fay Jones painting on display. I was in love with that too. She has simple drawing paintings with surprising juxtapositions, which made it so charming and wonderful I could not take my eyes off it.
Clean lines leave so much to the imagination . clean is compelling.

That is why pink dog is staying around. Someone may someday love that painting and who am I to take that pleasure away. who am I indeed!

Art

I have so many people in my life that are not painting or drawing but seem to have an affinity for that. they are the ones who say Oh I am not an artist.
If you like to draw but don’t, if you like to organize rooms and decorate them in a way that is beautiful, If you sew beautiful curtains and have this eye for detail but don’t paint or draw because that is not what you do, then I think you are missing out on half your life.
Drawing is just way to get somewhere that you need to go in your mind.
Anyone can use it. Painting is the same thing. If you only think of it as fun and not whether you are doing it right or not it will ;will will expand your ability to SEE.
Once you SEE better all possibilities exist!!
I would like to have a SEEING class. Everyone would be locked in a room for 12 hours and there would be paper and paint and canvas and light. Each person would have their own room. The only thing to do all day would be cover all the walls with something.
That would be the class. That would be the best class because nothing would get in the way of you being you. No teacher saying this is wrong or right. no other students to be aware of and compare yourself to.
That would be the whole thing.
Wouldn’t you love to see what would happen.
That is what artist in residence programs are.  S p a c e  to be.
anyone could do it to great Great benefit. Anyone
And wouldn’t you love to see the work after they were done.
That would be my art un-school.
My parents let me paint on the walls when I was a teenager. Maybe that is why I am an artist today.

The presence of a person

Some people you like right away. Is it because they are familiar? Is it because they have qualities that you admire. Well maybe so.
But some people have right off the bat (without even knowing anything about them) a presence.
This might sound strange but I think you can every once in awhile feel like you can see inside of them. They are open in their spirit.
And it makes you feel alive and real when you are with them.
I do not know if you can do this at will or it is just something that happens on occasion.
I did have that feeling with Mijis mom. She was the sweetest presence in the room. Even if she could not speak English, the way she looked at you was so wonderful.
I can see why her daughter would cry when she left. I cannot wait to see her again and I don’t know if I ever will.

How wonderful to have a moment with another human being. A moment of clarity and love.
Maybe she is an angel that is visiting earth. It was that strange!

Mijis Mom- Kim

When someone stays at your house and is so wonderful that you are going to be very upset when they have to go home- that is a great house guest.
I never had anyone stay with us and shop and cook a feast two nights in a row and then have enough leftovers for three more nights. No,
I was thinking how much of an ambassador from South Korea that Kim is.
I know that I do not always try and be a great guest when I am in another country. Usually I am pretty self involved but I have learned my lesson.
Kim is unable to even speak a lick of English( for which she was
so appologetic) but even so she was able to speak through her daughter and we had a great time.
Every Korean person I see from now on will get the benefit of the grace of Kim.
It can go the other way so easy and you are representing your country. I wonder how often we think of that.
Americans are so fortunate to have so much bounty and it might make a difference if we spread that bounty through good works when we travel.
I think we should overtip everyone and tell them how wonderful we think their country is
And we should leave where we stay better than we found it.
That is a good guest.
Because of this experience with Kim, I am going to make it a major point to give wherever I can. I wish you could spend five minutes with this a most gracious woman and a shining example of Korean manners.