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!

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 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  www.evaenergyscape.wordpress.com 

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 www.evolvingmagazine.com  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.

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Stone Spirit Lodge hosts “energy-scapes” through March. ~Rock Inn fields “Spring Rain.”~

If you find yourself wandering down Westport Road in Kansas City, Missouri in search of a great grinder at Mario’s or The Best, bar none, cafe mocha at the Broadway Cafe, please do wander into Stone Spirit Lodge for some “Wild Joy” and a sighting of my energy-scapes.  From yoga to rain-sticks, Paul and Dawn have got whatever it takes to trip your joystick, including a Gratitude Open Mic night for poets and musicians every second Friday.

Hummingbird Kisses @ eva wojcik

 

Click to visit Stone Spirit Lodge

 

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Also, “Spring Rain,”  a collective work of nine watercolors with accompanying haiku has been fielded at the Rock Inn, Kearney, Missouri.

Spring Rain @ eva wojcik

 

“satisfying”

soaking deep soil sigh

comingling moist haze flows

water blurs all bounds

 

Rock Inn, Kearney, Missouri

Click the Inn to visit its cafe, rooms for rent and deli.

If cyberspace is your main mode of gallery travel, then please feel free to check out energy-scapes via the link on the sidebar to an online portfolio.

Peace all.

emergence

emergence @evawojcik

Here’s some color to add to the snow some of us are viewing as it piles up.  If anyone is  expert in dealing with lunatic Toshiba laptops that insist on doing just as they please, do be so kind as to speak up. You might save my sanity.  Oh yes, my dear Tosh has established itself as a lemon deluxe that delights in evading all efforts of human dominance. Absolutely refuses to create new folders. Insists everything scanned  become an album. I suspect a new puter is in order.

Or a new moi.

energy-scape emergence:  9″ x 4.5″   

 Sakura, Faber-Castell, Staedtler pen/ink on 100% cotton,  140 lb watercolor paper.

Free to Dance? NOT!

We Will Dance! @evawojcik

In 1890 a religious concept called the “Ghost Dance” travelled from one Indian reservation to another to another.  I have no intention of discussing the merits of this religious exercise. Rather my focus is on the RIGHT to practice one’s religious beliefs in this place called “America.” In 189o this right was denied, and continued to be denied long thereafter, to Native Americans. First the right to freedom of religion was denied to Native Americans by every representative of  every white european religious doctrine that made its way onto the reservations in order to get a slice of the Native American population pie for conversion to its congregation.  This religious invasion was not about the saving of souls but the procurement of government school contracts–in other words, money.  Oh yes the all-powerful motivating force of money.  This is not to say that there were not some well-meaning compassionate people amidst these religious invaders. The point is the fact that the Indigenous First Peoples already had their own religious beliefs and those were not only not respected but were denied them. Hence, I find it no stretch of the imagination to comprehend why some would engage in a practice of “faith” in order to find some hope of relief from the ongoing destruction of their culture on all fronts.  So, “We Will Dance!” is a small effort at representing the will to defy overwhelming oppression via a view of  the Ghost Dance as defiance on the most fundamental spiritual level.

What’s moving in the earth beneath our feet?

Land Flows

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After all our focus on water it seems appropriate to give earth, as in soil, some attention. This energy-scape, Land Flows, is a depiction about how landscapes flow, how the energy forces move through soil, and the universal creative life force that never stops flowing through all things–including those down deep under our feet. We are connected in spite of what some mental constructs have asserted for quite some time.  Take a moment to imagine the energy flowing up through the soles of your feet. Imagine it flowing throughout you and then into everything within sight–and beyond. Beyond to those stars brought close by Hubble’s images.  Peace

Energy-scapes showing at Aquarius

Touch

Eva’s energy-scapes

exploring interconnectedness

Show opens November 28, 2010

On display into January 2011.

Midtown Gallery upstairs at Aquarius & Vulcan’s Forge, a store for conscious living.

3936 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Click on the banner below to visit Aquarius’ site for hours and more information.

 

 Time for some singing and dancing!

Our Cemetery of dead hearts and minds = Black Friday

 It’s Black Friday. I’ve always wondered about this concept. As a child I never quite understood the use of the color black in regard to this day. Sure, I’m fully aware that it refers to the economic books of  retailers getting into the black profit zone and out of the red. I comprehend that financial  concept and yet–yet especially today it’s irritating the hell out of me.  There’s no mystery here. I know  just why “Black Friday” is ticking me off royally–it reveals just how out of whack the dominant mainstream culture really is. It is a sign of ignorance–as in the lack of knowledge, lack of substance, lack of values, lack of integrity, lack of reality, lack of comprehension of what’s really necessary for living and living WELL.  All the people engaging in the vast consumer addiction game have their heads thrust so deep in the sand that it’s downright terrifying to behold.  American priorities are clear–this is a culture based on greed coming and going.  Don’t bother wasting time posting to tell me that I’m raining on everyone’s Christmas Parade. Why? Because  I think the Christmas Parade needs to END.  Why? Because it has NO meaning whatsoever as is clear from the current state of the world at large. Why in hell are people giving more money to corporations that have already posted record profits while ruining the global economy?  Engaging in this Parade is not only a denial of reality, it’s not just a moment of escapism for relief, it’s another sign of abdication of responsibility for the world in which we live.  Worse yet is the LIE it perpetuates.  Yes, the LIE, because how can people profess a desire for love, peace and sister/brotherhood while engaging in a system-game that destroys all these things?  Yes, it is Black Friday–but not in the financial sense—it is a day of mourning, the day of funeral pyres for a civilization that engages in perpetual wanton destruction of everyone’s environment, war, and hatred.   I’ve got a few notions about “door-busters” that have nothing to do with sale items.  

Today on Democracy Now!, which usually airs at 8 am cst on KKFI, Amy Goodman interviewed two men with whom I found myself in nearly total agreement–IMAGINE THAT!!!—-author Derrick Jensen (The Dominant Culture is Killing the Planet) and economist and Right Livelihood Award Winner Chilean economist Manfred MaxNeef on Barefoot Economics.    Even if you might not find a lot of common ground with their thoughts, you might want to seriously consider what you agree and disagree with and WHY.  Yes, venturing over to read/view Goodman’s show for November 26 ought to provide anyone with lots of concepts to discuss with family and friends over the “holy days” feasts forthcoming.  Hate or love their ideas–but I doubt either will be boring.

This first video seems like a good way to create some awareness of the interconnectedness of all things.   

 Jensen’s interview reveals the depth and breadth of his scope of vision of our problem.  As stated earlier, you might not agree but it’s well worth your time to hear him out then thinking about why you don’t–or do–share common ground. 

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/11/26/author_and_activist_derrick_jensen_the

Clearly people are capable of unified action for a one day event. Doesn’t it follow that humans  are capable of unified action for more than one day if they really understood the stakes of this survival game? We need to do more than just turn off the lights for an hour.

Earth is an incredible planet. It is the only home we have. We do not own it. If anything Earth own us. Earth can exist without humans. Humans cannot exist  without Earth.  We cannot purchase another Earth.  The Universe does not conduct doorbuster sales.

Rise Up

Leaf Lips

Leaf Lips

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Sakura, Staedtler, Faber-Castell Pens on Cartiera Magnani Italia acquerello 100%  cotton 140 lb cotton paper   original cm 23 12

Mountain Sweets

Mountain Sweets

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Water Bird Loves Wolf Mountain

Water Bird Loves Wolf Mountain

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energy-scape  Sakura pen/ink  on  watercolor paper

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