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Sunday, May 11th, 2008
8:39 am
Happy Mother's Day!
On this Mother's Day - join me in thinking of all the mothers in Myanmar who need our help and consider donating to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee:

UUSC has a long track record of outstanding disaster relief where other excellent charities may have failed. The have established partnerships with native relief organizations and have infrastructure already in place, able to receive and distribute aid. As I understand it, they target their work at reconstructing the essential local services, reestablishing their basic framework and structure, essential for longer term survival.

Here is the website:

and from my journal:

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
4:08 am
Yes We Can
Well this is pretty inspiring if you haven't already seen it:

Thursday, May 1st, 2008
3:07 pm
wow - this is cool
pop the toaster, shake the sugar, grab a mike and start layering:

6:49 am
what to make for dinner tonight
Special Yummy Quesadillas:

4 corn tortillas
2 oz. sharp Monterey Jack, grated
2 oz. soft goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup shredded, cooked chicken
2 large mushroom caps, thinly sliced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro, for garnish
Prepared salsa, sour cream and 2 quartered limes, for garnish

1. Place 2 tortillas on a work surface and sprinkle each evenly with 1 oz. Jack cheese, 1 oz. goat cheese and 1/4 cup shredded, cooked chicken (store-bought). Top with mushrooms and scallions. Cover each with a second tortilla and lightly press with palm.

2. Heat skillet and cook, pressing with a spatula until tortillas brown slightly, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove to a low oven. Repeat.

3. To serve, cut into quarters and serve hot with garnishes

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
10:33 am
title of my next painting:

Persephone looking for the Pomegranate

You'll have to come back to know more. . . . .
Saturday, April 26th, 2008
9:47 am
this has me thinking. . . .
HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) is held July 18-20 in Midtown
Manhattan at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Held every two years, this
three-day event has been covered by CNN and other news agencies for its unique
gathering of hackers and tech people from around the country and
sometimes the world. And HOPE needs your art! If you have an art project that has to
do with electricity, computers, data and information processing,
electronic music, and can be displayed in a public setting where
people may or may not touch it (we do have security detail), contact
daravinne[at]gmail.com with your project idea, and links to your site
or your project.
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
5:09 am
Saturday, April 19th, 2008
8:48 am
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
11:45 am
today - A collage
This is more digital than anything - I made the background by repeating images from some nice paper, added the drawing of the girl and the photo, then the two mailing bits, and, the words.

I have been focusing more on the creative journaling blog - go there to see more of the latest:

Friday, April 11th, 2008
4:46 pm
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
11:30 am
Friday, March 21st, 2008
6:20 am
quotes from my favorite artist:

You can't make either life or art, you have to work in the hole in between, which is undefined. That's what makes the adventure of painting. (Robert Rauschenberg)

There's a moment for everyone when you fall into your own shadow and the fact is that it's your shadow and you're forced to live in it. And this is nothing to celebrate or not celebrate. It simply is. (Robert Rauschenberg)

I don't think of myself as making art. I do what I do because I want to, because painting is the best way I've found to get along with myself. (Robert Rauschenberg)

My art is about paying attention – about the extremely dangerous possibility that you might be art. (Robert Rauschenberg)

There is no reason not to consider the world as one gigantic painting. (Robert Rauschenberg)

Even at this late date, I go into my studio, and I think 'Is this going to be it? Is it the end?' You see, nearly everything terrorizes me. When an artist loses that terror, he's through. (Robert Rauschenberg)

I refuse to be in this world by myself. I want an open commitment from the rest of the people. (Robert Rauschenberg)

Ideas aren't real estate, they grow collectively and that knocks out the egotistical loneliness that generally infects art. (Robert Rauschenberg)

A pair of socks is no less suitable to make a painting with than wood, nails, turpentine, oil and fabric. (Robert Rauschenberg)

A canvas is never empty. (Robert Rauschenberg)

Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. I try to act in the gap between the two. (Robert Rauschenberg)

I was much happier when I had less responsibility... when my only responsibility was to my work and to myself. (Robert Rauschenberg)

It's when you've found out how to do certain things, that it's time to stop doing them, because what's missing is that you're not including the risk. (Robert Rauschenberg)

Painting is always strongest when in spite of composition, color, etc., it appears as a fact, or an inevitability, as opposed to a souvenir or arrangement. (Robert Rauschenberg)

I've not been cursed with talent, which could be a great inhibitor. (Robert Rauschenberg)

I put my trust in the materials that confront me, because they put me in touch with the unknown. It's then that I begin to work... when I don't have the comfort of sureness and certainty. (Robert Rauschenberg)

Thursday, March 13th, 2008
10:55 am
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
3:12 pm
I was very honored (and a bit surprised!) to be named the Plainsboro Community Artist of the year!
There was a ceremony last Friday, mayoral speeches, art show and concert, and the head of the library gave me this award.
I do a lot of teaching, volunteering, making art without seeming to get noticed, so this is one small feather in my cap that makes me realize I am doing SOMETHING that SOMEONE sees.

It's so hard to be alone in the studio most of the time, not knowing if you are doing anything worthwhile.
I want to change the world - but I do best making these little bits of art and words, rather than doing what feels like real change for the good.
Sometimes I think of getting on a plane to India and doing something really meaningful.
Taking photos of the slums, teaching kids to make art, build a well or something real that helps humanity . . . .
then - I return to the studio and my family, and realize all I need to take care of is really right here in front of me.
It was nice to know I do a little something for others.

(and the flowers were beautiful!)

the only photo I got was this one with eyes shut. . . . oh well.
Friday, February 15th, 2008
3:28 pm
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
4:09 am
Sunday, February 10th, 2008
9:21 am
our new place
we are settling in.
trying to downsize and get rid of half of our stuff.
H A R D to do this.
I will be unpacking for some time to come, and trying to get our lives organized again.
some odds and ends from our move:

old medicine bottles from 12 years ago.
letters and drawings from my children when they were sweet 7 or 9 or 11 year olds.
books not opened for . . . forever.
canned goods from the last century.
broken cellphones and technology that has long gone kaput.

CoNSuMeriSM is So Evil.
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
5:28 am
the move
We move Friday, and Thursday I will submit my 3 pieces for the arts council show - here is the artist statement I will include, and see you again when the dust settles!

Artist Statement:

The same day I got the invitation to make some work for “Home Is Where the Art Is” I found out we had sold our house and would be moving to facilitate downsizing our life-style.  This actually does not surprise me, as I sort of live in an intuitive alternate universe where synchronicity seems part of my daily routine. 
In my collages, I gather bits and pieces from my life, detritus from a consumer culture, and remake these bits of “trash” into beauty.  My goal is to make my work honor the Earth and I view it as my mission to speak for environmental and spiritual causes.  I hope my small quiet hopefulness can counteract the message of fracture and consumerism constantly coming to us from our radios, newspapers, tv’s and computers.

My message is:  recycle, respect, re-use, and remember.


Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
4:56 am
Home is Where the "Art" Is
My local arts council is having an invitational show to promote a master plan being designed for our township.
I will have three entries, all on the theme Home is Where The Art Is - here is my first:   (so funny that this comes at the same time we are selling our house and moving. . . . )
The house in this collage is one I designed in Bethesda back when I was a practicing architect. . . . .

Saturday, January 5th, 2008
6:30 am
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