Not so breaking news: Monet’s Water Lilies, Evolving Magazine, and I suspect the Sahara is invading North America.

It’s time to grab your favorite libation, wear as little clothing as is socially acceptable when meandering in public and lounge in some deep shade. Hola to everyone willing to leave their tracks via comments, silent lurker types and just plain quiet folks.  I wish I could say I’ve been vacationing on a pristine Pacific Island, but I haven’t been. But I can wish it, can’t I? We can all visualize oil free beaches with gorgeous blue-green water playing kiss tag with fine-grained sand. Engage in group collective day-dream NOW!

"coastlines" @ eva wojcik

 Yep, it’s HOT here in the land of Missouri where the twisters twirl when hot air meets cold front and the two dance.  I beat the heat one day at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art where three of Monet’s Water Lilies panels are keeping company, as they ought, for the first time in decades. While this exhibit tends to be a tad full of admirers, some of whom like to get really CLOSE to the canvas, it’s worth making the effort to either wait them out or make multiple visits on the day of your ticket for those moments when there is a fully open view. Without obstructions like huge strollers and worshipping groupies the luminous quality of the painted water is easy to soak up.  Monet’s panels are really lovely. If you’re in the KC Metro area via residence or vacation the Water Lilies are worth dipping into–especially if you grab a discount online coupon worth a fiver.  Then again, if you’ve got the funds to fuel your gas tank for a vacation then a fiver probably doesn’t concern your wallet much at all. While there’s a price for the Water Lilies exhibit everything else is free for viewing as there is no general admission price. There’s plenty to see: the new Native American Collection (about which I may rant in the future), the wonderful Oriental and Egyptian exhibits, the Cricket accessories–no, not the game, but those musical little insects which were once all the rage with feeding bowls, homes, and toys, and the impressive Photography collection portions of which are on display in regularly changing exhibits. Oh yeah, there’s also a few tons of Henry Moore sculptures among the beautifully shaded outdoor grounds.  Frisbee, tai chai and picnics are allowed on the lawn, under the trees and on the steps. It’s easy to make a  day of it at the nicely air-conditioned Nelson if you’re so inclined. Hmm, I didn’t start this out as a promo for the Nelson but rather as a getting back into the land of blogs “howdy” to all. Really, I didn’t.

So now onto personal art news. Monet I’m not. But my show at the Westport Coffeehouse in Kansas City’s Westport district is on through the end of June. Other work is on display at Frick Electronic’s Modern Art Gallery in the Englewood area of Independence. The little Englewood area is working hard to revive this shopping district with coffee shops, markets and businesses using their wall space for art gallery displays. There’s even the Vogue Salon and Spa with its walls covered in photography for view while they cut and style  your golden locks.  Every third Friday they host an Artwalk complete with music and munchies. All that’s missing is an evening Farmers’ Market. Links to Westport Coffeehouse and Frick’s are over at my energyscapes blogcasa 

To complete all my yapping about myself….blah, blah, blah…. Hey, how’s your cold drink holding up wherever you’re lounging?  Okay last horn blow:   

I’m thrilled that “coming” is featured on the June cover of “Evolving, A Guide for Conscious Living.”  Much thanks to publisher Jill Dutton for the opportunity.  You can check out “Evolving” at  The current issue has an interesting piece on Women in Business. 

Hope everyone is staying sane in these insane times.  Yes, insane–dams, pipelines and oil rigs running rampant. Yep, it’s tough to not rant about our environment–especially with all this HEAT.  Iced gunpowder green tea is doing all it can to cool me off–but there’s only so much it can do.  What’s chilling your heels lately? 

Peace to all.

"coming" @ eva wojcik



  1. Roxie said,

    June 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Cooling my heels at a conference…left the steamy south for a bit- great idea, if I get a chance to head west I must see your collection, and if time permits, peek at those lovely lillies 😀
    Glad to see you toot your horn: you’re one talented lady! All the best staving off all that swelters!
    Namaste 🙂

    • June 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      Are you wearing RED hot high heels, roxie? Hope your conference adventures haven’t brought you more than steamy. Oh one needs more than peek at the lilies. Grab some of the “couch” space and relax. Too bad the Nelson isn’t keeping the area lush with live plants as it did for the opening for folks with “membership”, ie donors with means. That live garden element would make it a very unique experience.
      Thank you for your kind words. And all your great posts for potential venues!

  2. lgambill said,

    June 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    hmmm Tracks. Seems a polecat wandered through here recently!

    “Coastlines” is very good. “Coming” is a sublimely captivating work that pulls me in. Im hearing surf and gulls still…. congrats on the cover. About 50 years ago i used to go with my cousins to Swope Park in K.C. and i believe my parents were married in Ks. they met in Kc at end of WWII.
    Hot in Kentucky as well. Gunpowder green! have to try that iced. Cheers.
    Are the Monets as large as i think they are?

    • June 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      Hi, lgambill! The Monets are LARGE and they benefit from having lots of space from which to be viewed at varying distances. The panel at the Nelson really benefitted from a move to larger room with extended sighting space.
      I suspect KC has changed a great in those 50 years since you visited Swope Park. Still HOT here. Over 90. What’s your temp reading?
      Gunpowder tea is very nice iced. If you like it sweetened with honey or sugar add it before chilling and its delicious.

  3. Barbara said,

    June 6, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Oh Eva, your words, “blue-green water playing kiss tag with fine-grained sand.” And your “coastlines” image… Wonderful – they sing to me! Sounds like you’ve got a lot going on there. We had a couple of very hot days, but after some big thunderstorms the weather is comfortable and lovely for now. Hope your heat wave breaks soon!

    • June 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Barbara. O thanks for liking my word fun. We did get a little break from the heat but the temperature is scheduled to ramp up again and it seems to be on target today.

  4. Artswebshow said,

    June 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Sounds like an amazing exhibit.
    Also it’s good to know that your work is doing rather well, your energy scapes deserve recognition

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Here’s hoping this reply posts. Hi Richard. Thanks for the support. If nothing else my art is getting seen in public venues by people. Hope all is good across the big pond to England.

  5. Meg said,

    June 7, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Cooling my heels on a daily long walk far from my favorite park but close to home, cold drinks of white rum, galliano liqueur, orange juice and coconut milk over ice, while lounging in a hot tub. Days that go from 70 to 90 back to 50 in three short days. Finally no rain, or just a sprinkle here and there, sun in Syracuse, shh don’t say anything it might go away again. But the brightest spot of all is your return to your blogcasa. You have been missed.

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      Meg, you are too kind. How’s the cool in New York state of late? I hope to return the favor of your visit soon. Namaste.

  6. lesliepaints said,

    June 7, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Congratulations on the shows and the cover, Eva. You rock! Have missed you around blogland but sounds as though you are trying to beat the heat and avoid tornados? “Coastlines” does make me feel as though I am soaring over some foreign land I have not yet visited, Which would be many. Awesome work as always.

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      Hi Leslie! O I love your reaction to “coastlines” because that is precisely what I was hoping for in that in energyscape. LOL. You are so on target, Painting Lady. Heat is on the rise again. How’s the creative flow going in your lands?

  7. June 7, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Your work truly deserves the honor and prestige that the magazine has given. Your Art is invigorates the soul. Thanks for sharing.

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      Hola island traveler! Thank you for that wonderful thought that my art “invigorates the soul.” Wow!

  8. SandySays1 said,

    June 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Hey WB,
    I sure was sorry to see you folks get clobbered by those tornadoes! My human’s house was almost destroyed during Hurricane Charley in ’04. It took 30 months to get back to living normally. And our “H” season is just starting. You may not be Monet but you’re still GOOD! Our beaches are still beautiful down here, but wait until November- the temp and bugs are both more reasonable then.

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Woof! Sandy, long time no treats. Your concern is much appreciated for the folks around the state. Luckily all I’ve endured so far has been a couple days of sirens and storm clouds. But the folks in Joplin have not been so lucky.
      I suspect Mother Nature is a tad ticked —and who can blame her?
      How’s your human of late? Treating you like gold I hope. Grins.

  9. artistatexit0 said,

    June 7, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    My one and only visit to KC I checked out that lonely Monet and fantasized how it would look if the other two huge canvases could reunite with it as the artist had intended? I envy sneaking that glimpse! Kentucky is hot, too hot, and before that it was too wet. Beginning to miss what normal felt like. It is good however, to have you back in blogland! I like the “coastlines” piece a lot. Congrats on publishing one of your works!!

    • June 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Al, how are those turtles today? Thanks for your support. “Evolving” is a great young magazine. Jill Dutton seems very open to art submissions so if other visual artists are interested I encourage them to make contact and submit their art too.
      Oh the Monet panels are something all together, Al. Wish you could see them.

  10. slpmartin said,

    June 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Congratulations…it seems like you’ve been rather busy…here we’re enjoying cooler than normal weather…so cycling is still on my agenda.

    • June 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      Charles, hello there Alien youtube producer. LOL. Yes, from what I gather on BigSurKate’s blog, weather has not been summer sweet all the time on the California coast. Now if I could sell about half my art, all would be good. LOL. Dream on, right? Envy you your bike!

  11. lynnwiles said,

    June 8, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Congratulations cover girl! It looks wonderful. Your heat is coming our way tomorrow -bleh.

    • June 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      How do, Lynn? I suspect you got our heat and more. It’s a cool early evening here with a promise of storms–or not? Hey, you should see if there are mags like “Evolving” in your asphalt jungle–get some eye time for your wonderful abstracts. Peace.

  12. clegyrboia said,

    June 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    good to see you back here.
    congratulations with the evolving colours
    stay cool

    • June 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      mAgdA–hi–how are you and the wild Wales landscape? Working on that ‘cool’ thing all the time. LOL. Nice to see you.

  13. June 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    What’s chillin’ my heels? Cider. Apple cider. Spiced with cinnamon. Tastes just like liquid apple pie…

    • June 13, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Liquid Apple Pie! Oh hell yes! LOL. Send some of that UP here, author. LOL. Glad you’re chillin’ and swillin’ despite all the flooding and such DOWN there. Hi.

  14. eva626 said,

    June 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    cooling my heels is a glass of cold iced tea with a chocolate cake on the side…not at the same time though lol thats just strange haha

  15. Judson said,

    June 28, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Nothing gives me more relaxation than a trip to the coast. We do it at every opportunity! Beverage of choice … a cold beer.

    Living in Missouri, your chances for trips to the coast must not come all that often?

    I fortunate enough to visit Monet’s home in Giverny a few years ago and to actually walk the banks of the pond where his water lilies grew. Then the traveling exhibit came here to Raleigh a year or so ago.

    — Judson

  16. echostains said,

    July 11, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Congrats on the exhibitions – I love the ‘Coming’ painting!!!

  17. Kaoki Shiki said,

    July 11, 2011 at 3:56 am


    The “coastlines” one look like thunder.

    The perspective and immersion in the “coming” one is really great.

    Keep up the good work.

  18. Samanthamj said,

    August 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Hi 47WB… =) I don’t know how sane I’ve been.. or am… but, I’m hanging in there as the summer blows by….

    I did enjoy your latest art work, and reading this and catching up with you… How did your show go? Sounds like you have a lot of good things going on.. even if in midst of a lot of bad things happening globally….

    Take care *waving* =)

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