Contemplating the Arts.


“From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love this quote. It speaks to what I believe deep inside my heart and soul. When I think of the light that shines through us, I think of myself, my children, and about all of the people I know and even those I don’t know or haven’t met yet.

When I apply this idea to the arts, magical light starts shining from within me. And I begin to think of others—how glorious would it be if more people let their light shine upon a painting, photo, song or poem?

I also think of our future—the children in this world. Will they grow to appreciate and let their light shine upon various types of art?

With so many of the arts being taken out of school curricula, my hope is that the next generation will learn either through self discovery or gentle guidance from their parents. And my true wish is that they will learn to do this mindfully.

When I was a child, art was something that I could escape to, and oh how wonderful it was! It made me feel every emotion I never knew I had.


I grew a deep love for the arts at an early age, as I enjoyed the many paintings that we had hanging on our walls, and I was profoundly mesmerized by the photography and art books in our home.

In particular, I spent hours studying a photography exhibit made into a book called, The Family of Man. This book showcased photos of various people from all the world over. I would stay blissfully fascinated for hours at a time looking through those photos. They chronicled people from birth to death—in war, happiness, fear, serenity and all that fell in between.

I studied those photos so much that I became those people in my mind, noticing every detail of their facial expressions, contact that they had with the land, objects or people among them. I was entranced, and I still often retreat to this cherished book. Continue reading

Marilyn Monroe had Sex Appeal, but what if I told you she was Made of Kisses?


Marilyn Monroe had Sex Appeal, but what if I told you she was Made of Kisses?How fitting would that be? And it’s true! Well, sort of. . .

As an art lover, I love to see something done out of the box. I was so inspired when I saw this kissed portrait, of Marilyn Monroe—It is both the subject and the method together that made this art-work stand out as exceptional to me.

We probably can all agree that a good kiss can blow one’s mind, but what is it about a kiss that makes it so special?

When I think about what makes a phenomenal kiss, a lot of thoughts come to mind. I think about the fervor, sensuality and the feel of intent behind the kiss.

And there are so many different types of kisses- friendly pecks on the cheek to the deeply passionate French kiss.

In many ways kisses can be much more personal than even sex, and I think Marilyn would have agreed with that:

“The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.” — Marilyn Monroe

I have a friend of mine, now divorced, who described kissing her ex-husband as, “As passionate as kissing a piece of cardboard.” No one would possibly care to do that, right? Where would the excitement in that be?

Well, I have actually found an artist who can make kissing a piece of paper with intent, touching to one’s spirit.

Her name is Alexis Fraser and she actually kissed a portrait of Marilyn Monroe over a four day period using just two tubes of lipstick.  I was astonished when I first saw this, thinking that it couldn’t be real, but it is!

I think the subject matter of such a sensual person being kissed into creation is beyond incredible! This is the kind of incredible that blows my mind!

It’s already impressive when an artist uses a brush to paint something wonderful, but I this is some altogether kind of talent. I love Alexis’s creativity and I bet you will feel the same after watching her in action and seeing the result. . .