Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • Blessings

    Today, I struck up a conversation with one of the employees in a local hardware store. I didn’t need to see behind her mask to know she had a smile because her eyes were doing all the smiling for her. She was putting up new holiday items on the shelves and we started talking about […]

  • Resolutions vs Goals

    Goal: the end toward which effort is directed Resolution: something that is resolved (Both definitions from the Merriam-Webster dictionary) I don’t know about you but, for me, resolutions and goals are 2 very different things. For that reason I haven’t set new year’s resolutions for a long time. Resolutions are often made up of lofty […]

  • POOF!

    POOF! Once upon a time, there was a sad and discouraged member of a village that desperately wanted to be an Artist. Try as they might, this person could never reach the point where they felt they could successfully and confidently be the very thing they yearned to be. They constantly compared themselves against the […]

  • The Second Treasure

    Recently I went to the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington with some fellow colored pencil artists. I must say that if you’ve never been to this gallery you need to treat yourself and go. Their exhibits are ever-changing and wonderful! However, as much as I love this place, I’m not writing this as an […]

  • The Joys of Silly Putty

    One of the coolest toys I ever had as a child was Silly Putty. Seriously, I thought of it as magic! If you pressed it into the image of one of your favorite Sunday newspaper comic characters you could see that image in the putty’s surface when you peeled it up. Then you could stretch […]

  • Exercise and Stretch!

    They say that exercise is good for body, mind and spirit. Although I will admit I am not the most athletic person out there (not by a long shot!) I do make the effort by attending a 50+ class at the gym 3 times a week. It’s actually quite a workout! But before you pat […]

  • Copper. Not Just For Pennies Anymore!

    I am a featured guest blogger on Ann Kullberg’s website on the Ann’s Colored Pencil News & Stuff! page. To read my article, Colored Pencil On Copper. Who Knew!? on her site please visit using the link below! There are a lot of other fabulous things to see on her there, too! Otherwise the article […]

  • Stepping Into A Time Machine For Art’s Sake

    There are so many ways to support your fellow artists. If you can’t afford to buy their original art then maybe you could purchase a print or other item with their art on it like cards or tote bags. Another really helpful option is to share their website links or social media posts on your […]

  • Black Bark

    I can still remember the very first time my artwork was critiqued. The smell of Crayola’s hung thick in the air and every head in the classroom was bowed intently toward the paper in front of them. While I worked diligently on my landscape, our 2nd grade teacher silently walked behind our chairs pausing to […]

  • Create For Yourself First

    We all see, hear, taste, and feel life through our own filters. It is no different with art. Ask 5 people to critique the same painting and you may very well get 5 different responses. Ask those same 5 people what emotions that piece evokes for them and, again, you could get very different answers […]

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