Tuesday, December 31, 2013

30 Paintings In 30 Days With Leslie Saeta. Help!

This year will be all about art for me.  To start it off with a bang I joined Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings In 30 Days.  Wow.  That makes me giddy with excitement to think about it.  It also makes me feel nervous, unsure, less than, oh-my-goodness-what-have-I-done shaky.  But I'm all in and more excited than anything else.  My paintings will be small ones...for obvious reasons.  Most will be oils.  Maybe as small as 6" x 6".  I think that would be wise.  But we will see.  I am completely open.  I know I will learn a lot.  If I have time, LOL, I will post each day's painting here. Starting when?  Tomorrow!  Yikes!

Her painting, not mine.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Native American Wordless Wednesday

Creek Spiritual Leader John Winterhawk 

Singing a blessing chant at Indian Seats, Suwanee, GA.

May we remember who was here first....

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Brain Change with Dr.David Perlmutter

"Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food."  We've all heard that and it is the basis of this post.  I'm taking notes on a TV GPB Special by Dr. Perlmutter, a Board Certified Neurologist and expert nutritionist.  I think it's good info to share that might just keep our brains healthy longer.

 Regarding brain degeneration, inflammation and free radicals are key factors. Antioxidants are agents that prevent damage from these two sources. Cholesterol is an antioxidant and is good for your brain.

Other key points:

1.  Fat is your friend.  Eat more dietary fat.  Your brain is 60-70% fat.  It needs fat.    Eat good fats like olive oil, avocado,  nuts and seeds, grass fed chicken and beef.

2.  Eggs help with brain oxidation.  Eat them.  

3.  Carbohydrates are not your friend.  Cut way back.

4.  Cholesterol is your friend.  It is important to your brain and helps prevent dementia.

5.  Our genes/DNA are affected by our lifestyle choices....by everything we eat, by how much sleep we get.  "Epigenetics" means we can control our genes.

6.  We do grow brain cells throughout our entire life. This is called neurogenesis.

7.  Aerobic exercise causes new brain cells to grow in a powerful way.

8.  DHA, a specific Omega 3, just like exercise, causes new brain cells to grow.. (Eat wild salmon)

9. Control your blood sugar.  Sugar binds to protein and increases inflammation and the production of free radicals.  Therefore it damages your brain.  

10. Eat foods with low glycemic index.  

11.  Science says sugar and gluten are both bad for your brain's health.

12.  Do these 3 things for better brain health.

Cut out sugar.
Cut out gluten.
Eat good fats.

John F. Kennedy said,  "The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining."    Take care of your brain health before you get sick...and ward off dementia and Alzheimer disease.  By the way, what are you eating?  


Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Collage Experience

A friend asked me to share some of my collage work and I decided this might be the best way to do it.  Here are some I have had around awhile.  Every one I do is different, way different.  Apologies for the poor photo quality.

  Another one of my passions these days is recycling.  So when I collage I have my eye more on my mantra, "recycle-reuse-repurpose",  than taking an artistic approach.  Mostly it is just fun to cut with scissors (no running) and get glue all over my hands.  And there is always a message even though I may be the only one who gets.

This one is the front of a travel diary from three of my favorite trips:  one to New York City with my 2 sons, and then to CA and Oregon with my favorite husband. There are many layers of paint with black permanent ink, ribbons, etc.  It travels with me and I write in it every day we are gone.

This one is all papers with some paint dropped in and incorporating random pieces of melted Tyvek.  A little typed message says "A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart."  There is also a face there.  Can you see it?  And I've since added and handwritten black ink message, "Weave us together in unity and love."

This one is on a piece of wood.  "Caring" was really on my mind that day.  My mom's favorite little bird is there, and great little thoughts you would love.  Again, not the best photo.  The silver you see is gum wrappers...and you see the orange string. 

This one I do love because of the quote.  It is also a mixed media combination of papers, Tyvek, paint, images, and ink.

 I made this one for my sister and everything it says, and every picture mean something to us.  I just wish it wasn't pink!   Too late now!  

This one is on the back of a funeral fan.  I wept at this funeral.  Lost an older and very special art friend way too fast.  She made quite an impact on me.  The front of her fan is below.

For Miss Daisy

I have a lot of fun making these. They are never planned out before I begin.  They just evolve as I go.  It is fun for me to see things that would go in the trash become something beautiful.  

Thanks for looking,