Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Titles as Stories

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Deep Kiss from the Universe, 7x10 gouache on paper

Deep Kiss from the Universe, 7×10 gouache on paper

It seems true to me that Stories are upstream from everything, and the Cosmic Word gets it all going.

This week I launched an art e-shop on Etsy.com.

And I see with this work, as with my other artwork, the piece is not finished until I give it a title. Until it is Named.

And that is when my storyteller self kicks into gear: “Birds Poking Around in a Swirling Vortex”, “The Third Eye is Very Large”, “Cosmic Dust Making Itself into Something”.

And people seem to like the stories that accompany the visuals.

I’ve listed for sale about 30 pieces, as of today. Many of them are small gouache (7×10″) paintings on paper that were done in the late 90’s. These pieces were so personal and I liked them so much, I kept them! Didn’t show them to even a friend, until now.

My Etsy.com Shop

 

 

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First Person Story Museum

Friday, January 25th, 2013
The Glory of Green Glass

The Glory of Green Glass

Barbara here. I live in Philadelphia now, so I like to give my writer pals in Santa Fe a head’s up about my next prompt. Plus I am bursting with excitement about it:

The First Person Story Museum is here in Philly. It is an aspect of the dynamic First Person Arts organization. They believe in stories like we do, except bigger.

For our next prompt, we will go to the First Person Museum website, find out what type of object is the story prompt that week, each write a flash piece on it, and then submit it to the museum for exhibition on the website right then and there.

You can go right now to the site and read wonderful short -short stories inspired by personal objects. And/or you could write and submit a story about this week’s Featured Type of Object: “From the Kitchen”.

How great is this! And I am not even making it up.

 

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Spare Time

Friday, January 25th, 2013
Kitchen shelf at my friend Hillary's house. She is so into china.

Kitchen shelf at my friend Hillary’s house. She is so into china figurines.

Susan’s recent prompt at writing group was “SPARE TIME”. So I wrote a list of my characters in the Mrs. Iptweet book and what I imagine are their favorite spare time activities. I think Mrs. Smithee writes letters to her relatives to be opened upon her death.

Now I share one of my very own personal Spare Time things: I love to take pictures of any oddball thing I see. Somehow noticing the quirkiness that happens during the course of an “ordinary” day – as if such a thing existed – reminds me there is no such thing as an ordinary day.

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Poppy’s Legs….a writing prompt

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

“Jakey, were one or two of his legs missing when Poppy died?  I can’t remember…”

How’s that for an overheard conversation? I’m giving every body a headstart. This is the next writing prompt I’ll be bringing to our Friday Group.

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BEEHIVE BLISS

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

One of Santa Fe’s newest treasures is Beehive Books. Located in a charming, old house in downtown Santa Fe, Beehive bathes you in cheery, yet calming blues and yellows as soon as you enter. There are books for kids of all ages, a play area and, in a brilliant move to keep grown-ups entertained, an adult book section beside the play area.

What a luxury it is to browse a bookstore, to trace your fingers along spines and breathe in the smells of paper, binding and ink. Amazon is fabulous, we all know that, with almost every book imaginable merely a click and a guy in brown shorts at our doorstep away, but a bookstore like Beehive is like the closet in the ‘Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S Lewis-you never know what magic awaits to envelope you once you go in.

Check it out-www.beehivekidsbooks.com

 

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SNOW IN SUMMER

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

SNOW, a picture book by Uri Shulevitz, is so good you can enjoy it year ’round. It’s a Caldecott Honor Book and my guess is this choice was a no-brainer decision by the Caldecott committee if there ever was one. The illustrations are gorgeous, a whimsical take on the days of Charles Dickens, you think-until radio and tv playfully twist with the visual feast.

The story is simple-the best always are, seems like. A boy and his dog see the first signs of snow with promise and optimism but everyone they encounter poo-poo it away. The joke’s on them and the story shows us all, be us 3 or 103, the power of positive thinking.

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Writing at The Hummingbird Cafe, Pecos NM

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
Land of Enchantment

Land of Enchantment

Hey Writer Pals Worldwide,

Next time you are moseying around the Santa Fe area, I suggest you take a drive east, through the Glorieta Pass, down Route 50 to the Village of Pecos, where there is a honest-to-goodness river, AND the Hummingbird Cafe.

When you get to the Pecos intersection – you’ll know when you are there – turn left. The cafe is across from St. Anthony’s Church. You’ll find it. Cafe is open Thursday through Monday 9 til 3.

It is a throwback, the real deal. Say Hi to Tess and Nancy, eat some food, hang out, buy some local art and crafts. Write a scene in your novel, while sitting at one of the funky tables. I like the one with the carrot-print tablecloth.

Last Saturday, the marvelous Tess put together an Author’s Night – the first time this cultural experience happened in Pecos, as far as we know. Four authors read for 30 enthusiastic locals. I was glad to lead the program by reading the first chapter of The Magical Mrs. Iptweet and Me. I gotta thank the sound guy – his microphone was so good, none of my P’s popped. It was brilliant.

And books were sold that night. Thanks, Pecos!

I love the Hummingbird Cafe vibe. Writing and Storytelling groups are forming, planning to meet there. Artists are everywhere.

Will try to get a photo of the Hummingbird to post soon.

Write on!

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Neil Gaiman – Inspiration

Monday, May 21st, 2012

 

Green Hair

Green Hair

http://bookriot.com/2012/05/18/neil-gaimans-commencement-address-at-the-university-of-the-arts/

I share this link from BookRiot.com  – for those of us who make art. It’s just a few minutes long, he has a sexy English accent, and you will be newly thrilled and committed to being the artist you are.

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Somatic Workshops for Women and Writers – Taos & Santa Fe

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Body-Mind = Somatic Education

Body-Mind = Somatic Education

This whole Somatics thing is really something.

First of all, it’s taken me weeks to get what Somatics means.

Briefly and in my own words it means: tapping in and accessing the wisdom, power and knowing of one’s BodyMindSpirit. Emphasis on BODY.

I really like this work for both health, peace of mind and creativity reasons. I attended a workshop in Taos, NM 2 weeks ago. Taos is just up the road from me, I am so glad to say.

In Taos, Robyn McCulloch is doing what she calls Women Generating Workshops. Powerful stuff! Fun and fascinating! The focus is women-only and generating one’s heart-directed vision.

In Santa Fe, writer, poet, coach Renee Gregorio is running group and individual Somatic Education for Writers sessions. http://www.reneegregorio.com. I’ve worked with both Renee and Robyn. I recommend them.

All I can say is wowee zowee. Tuning in to BodyMind is the new Black.

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Carl Sagan and book magic

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
Oh this is so heartening to me.   Carl Sagan on the magic of books

Carl Sagan on the magic of books

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