Archive for February, 2009

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To the Moon

Moon you are sand.

Moon you are the sweet sultry night breeze that cools skin,

Dances with the crinoline curtains on my roof,

Where I sit and think,

Sending sweet-flavored spirals in the air–towards You.

The City skyline falls,

Someone is playing the oud near.

The cafes fill with light and music

…and fragrant coils,

become an oil painting.

Although I sit here

Among damask pillows

Waiting for your rising


You are Always.


san diego|nov.20,2007

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No Thanks - Fall 2007

My portfolio albums:  please click on the tabs on top of the page for my in-progress portfolio of work.


Painting and Collages


Check back often as I am digitizing all my work:)

…this is a Long awaited moment.
I wanted to have my small corner of the online galaxy since 2002, and I feel I am finally getting there. There is a pain in opening up and letting go, but the inevitability brings joy and the freedom to stand up to who you are, to who you are meant to be. I always saw myself as an Artist, in a sense or another and those who know me know I love many things.
I do not have a unified style, or method, or technique etc.

I am just very curious, and can be pensive and observing.
I am also sure I can be blind to details, or stubborn… but there are moments when I see my work and I know I want to capture these moments of light, of life….forever.
I know that I want to write poems, or thoughts, or musings all my life- and be surrounded by friends who can encourage and guide.

Ever since I went to the Huntington Gardens a part of me has awaken, a part which was denied for so long.
I am SO thankful for the having the opportunity to teach Art (History), to a group of upstanding, caring gentlemen (yes -they are all guys) architects who have motivated me and awed me with their insight. thankyou for the kindness and the patience.

Also I want to mention my heroine as of lately: Artemisia Gentileschi. Listening to her story and the sacrifices she was willing to make in order to follow her calling inspires and motivates me. She is a muse and an angel.

I know I may never be able to be an artist full time, because I love architecture, and I love teaching, and I have perhaps interests too diverse to be packaged in a neat little “promo”, but I want to continue to explore and share. thankyou for being out there in the ether. The portfolios are for all the work up to now- new work will be published as new post.

I would LOVE to hear your comments.

PS I am ‘keeping away’ my architecture projects/portfolio…all that is for a separate, more structured website I am working on.

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You can find my little book

Let me know if you want a copy.

Once I have enough funds, I will start distributing it in local coffee houses.

Love and Light

sleep on my heart - cover

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charcoal on canson paper

charcoal on canson paper

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Photograph Feb. 09

Photograph Feb. 09

This is an example of extemporaneous art.

Art happens all the time, on the edge of our consciousness.

The difference between the artist and the art-aware, is that the artist captures the object of wander and preserves it for future use.  We do not/ cannot let go of  a moment in which Art manifests herself.  We need to posess it, not only experience it.  We are collectors, time keepers.  We are greedy.

This play of light happened as I hung my father’s japanese robe on a window.
I appropriated this robe few years ago, as it was stored inside my parents’ armoire and had never been used since my father received it as a gift, sometimes in the 70′ s or 80’s.
The light streaming through the silk yarns made it alive. Red light bathed the room.  What was captured with the camera is, at best, an approximation, as are all emotions “collected in tranquillity” (Wordsworth).
The robe- and the air in the room- was on fire.

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Pavillion @ Chinese Garden, Huntingto Library and Gardens


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Sketchbloom is a place for poetry and art.

Art can take many forms, but I believe the common denominator of all those human endeavors we  define as art is its ability to enlighten our soul and define another face of Beauty.

Creativity happens when heart, mind and soul are working in unison and- and I believe this is important- mindfulness is practiced.

Mindfulness is simply being in the moment- with your whole being.

It means being focused on the present (here and now), sometimes, even laser-like focused.

I wanted to create this “place” to share my poetry and art with kindred spirits, to show work in progress and as a way to inspire me to always keep on creating.

Today was the day where it became harder to be “tight in a bud than blossom”, to paraphrase Anais Nin.

It is so difficult for artistic minds to focus on one thing only, for our greatest gift is to see the world holistically.

We also tend to love so many things, but experience has taught me to “do one thing (at a time). do it well”.

This requires discipline and , most of all, knowing ourselves and what works for us to realize our vision.

My passion is art-making, photography, and writing, sometimes poetry–sometimes just my thoughts. I am in love with music, all kinds, for music is portable art!

I believe one of my callings is to share knowledge, so this is also a place for books and learning, of all sorts.

I am passionate about books and especially, about books that can inspire artists to create.

One of these books is, of course “The Artist’s Way”, but I found helpful also “” Eat Your Frog”–which is a book about procrastination.

I am sometimes guilty of the latter, as are the most talented, brilliant people I know. It could be read as perfectionism.

One of the tips that really helps me is to set aside a large chunk of time to one project and trying to keep my borderline-ADD (which comes from being an artist;)) under control.

Removing ourselves from usual settings also works.

We all work in progress, as I see it. There will be times of brilliance and there will be times of falling.

To me, this”place” ( i like the world “place”, better than “blog”) is also a way to keep myself accountable, to “keep showing up” to my Art.

I wrote a book of Poetry and Art in 2007 and meant to publish it in 2008. It did not happen. But It does exist online, and I will share it here.

I also have a book to write (on my long “to-do” list) and memories will start fading if I do not tackle this soon.

I used to think that Art happened only when I painted or sketched, but lately I appreciate the time for photography , which an art that can happen everywhere, and digital art.

I work on the computer a lot, and it seems only natural.

It does not matter what the product ends up being, as long as we keep the creative part of us alive and protect the time for soul-inspiring work from the endless day-to-day errands.

It is a precious gift and requires dedication, even stubborness. Your errands will expand accordingly to the time available, so make time for art.

Of course I am telling this more to myself than anyone who might be reading.

Thank you so much for coming to my “place”.

There are lots of good things to share.


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