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If my art makes you smile, we both win.

When you look at a piece of art there are so many potential paths the emotions can take. I hope that if you linger here among my bunnies, cats, birds and other whimsical friends that you will find a little love and laughter to carry you through the day.

Here is my doodle art manifesto:

1) Lines are movements, let them dance.
2) Accidents are beautiful.
3) Overworked is the enemy.
4) Over-thought is the enemy.
5) Smiles and laughter are not just important, they are noble, elevating, aesthetic experiences.
6) Respect the integrity of your chosen media, embrace the quirks of your chosen media.
7) Experiment!
8) Practice acceptance.
9) Respond!…

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  • Joined May 18, 2008

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colored inks, markers, paper, panels, canvas, acrylics

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About

If my art makes you smile, we both win.

When you look at a piece of art there are so many potential paths the emotions can take. I hope that if you linger here among my bunnies, cats, birds and other whimsical friends that you will find a little love and laughter to carry you through the day.

Here is my doodle art manifesto:

1) Lines are movements, let them dance.
2) Accidents are beautiful.
3) Overworked is the enemy.
4) Over-thought is the enemy.
5) Smiles and laughter are not just important, they are noble, elevating, aesthetic experiences.
6) Respect the integrity of your chosen media, embrace the quirks of your chosen media.
7) Experiment!
8) Practice acceptance.
9) Respond!
10) Improvise!
11) Let people see what you make especially the pieces that make you nervous.
12) Art is Love for everybody.
13) We make art on Earth. We are Earthlings one and all and only one planet is open for business.
14) Choose Mudita over Schadenfreude.
15) Glory in color.
16) Strive to bring the feeling of color even when using only a black pen on white paper.
17) Even a single line can be beautiful.
18) Even a single line can be profound.
19) Your hand knows its business - don't be too swift to judge it when it surprises you.
20) Doodling is openness to the essential.
21) When in doubt, draw a bird.
22) When in doubt, draw a bunny.
23) When in doubt, write a word in the middle of the page. Love is a great word to choose.
24) Believe in every line you draw.
25) When in doubt, be simple and spare.
26) When in doubt, be complex and turbulent.
27) When in doubt about starting, make a single random mark on the canvas or page.
28) When in doubt about finishing, stop and walk away. If you're not finished you'll know it when you come back.
29) Poems love doodles and doodles love poems.
30) Grownups deserve art that is joyful without being jaded, mawkish, ironic or saccharine. They need it at least as much as kids do.
31) Give yourself permission to put your whole heart into what you do.
32) Give yourself permission to love the silly, the whimsical, the absurd.
33) When in doubt, draw!
34) When certain, draw!
35) Draw! Draw! Draw!
36) Hug unreservedly.
37) And don't forget to post.

And here's a little bit more I am an artist, poet and strategy consultant living in Atlanta, Ga. I received my MFA in painting studying under Grace Hartigan and Archie Rand in the Hoffberger Graduate Painting program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Back then my art was gigantic, abstract and arguably over-intellectualized. Now I draw my inspiration from closer to home - from our cats - Lexy and Ally, and our bunnies, Bialy and Luna, but most of all from my sweet Julie (who gets me).

I believe that there is a source of truth, light and love that lives in all of us and that we are most in harmony with our place in the world when we let that source shine forth. That is why I always say: Be a beacon! Keep on shining!

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