Archive for June, 2009


June 26, 2009
Worn, by Cheryl McDonald,2008

Worn, by Cheryl McDonald,2008

Update on this Post- 6-27-09

I had a great conversation yesterday with someone about this drawing and her take on it was completely different than what I had written. She found it to be a very positive image. She talked about how precious this beautiful glove was, how it had been worn so much that the fingers were unraveling. This was a loved glove. We also discussed and noticed which fingers it was that were unraveling and worn- the thumb and index finger- these are really our “doing” fingers- the ones we use to point and make judgements or the ones that are the busy fingers. The rest of the glove still intact in more about “being” than “doing”. It was really great to hear her insight. I don’t always know the meaning of these images when I create them and it is very meaningful for me to hear what others see in them. Thank you for sharing my anonymous friend!

Today the Illustration Friday word is “Worn”

It just so happens I have a drawing by the same title. This drawing was done at the end of last year, 2008 and for me, captured a sense of how I was feeling at the time. There was so much to wear us out last year- the never-ending, it seemed, election, the never-ending wars, major crises in the financial markets, economy, many of these issues are still with us and will be for a long time to come. It all just made me feel like this beautiful crocheted glove that was worn so much the fingers were unraveling, and here it hangs in a dark place, as if left behind.

This drawing is one of a series I am working on about things hung out on a clothesline. This is the 3rd and there are 4 in total so far. More to follow. I find the concept of things we leave behind or lose to be a very interesting and emotional study into human experience. How do we relate to images like the one above? What emotions and memories do these images invoke? I would invite you to leave a comment today and share these things that will become part of the art, and possibly part of a book.

so even though this subject is not so positive, I continue to be. For inspite of all, there is more good than evil, more joy than sadness, and more love than hate and so I end this post as always

peace, love and prosperity requires creativity!



On the Path to Serenity

June 17, 2009
by Cheryl McDonald, 1997

by Cheryl McDonald, 1997

What does it take to bring you to serenity? Have you ever even been serene?

If you are an in mainstream American culture or World culture for that matter- probably not. We all lead unbeliveably busy lives and find ourselves looking forward to the moment when we will have time. Guess what- now is the time. If we cannot find a way to bring joy and peace to this moment then we are doomed to continue in the chaos that we are surrounded by- more to the point- the chaos that we generate in the choices we make about each moment that we experience. I know that for myself it is a daily process to stay focused on what matters to me and how I can share that with everyone I meet. When it comes to art and design, my goal is to deliver the message- clearly, simply and with just a touch of innovation, and fun. It is very easy to get serious about everything going on in this very busy and chaotic world and we really need to find ways to create joy.So to help you on your journey to peace and serenity, I have decided to start a print of the month sale and this is the first print- A Path to Serenity

This graphite and colored pencil drawing was created in 1997- it is a bit on the surreal side (not likely to see many orchids hanging in the sky) and the reason I have chosen this piece is that it is very timely for us all now. The stone path leads to a lotus altar on which Buddha sits. The path is marked with benches for resting in the garden. A chinese peasant carries his burden at the other end reminding us that life is about the labor of living. The more we give, the more we get in return.

When I did the piece I also wrote a simple inspirational poem to accompany it.

Simplicity, Spirituality, Authenticity
These are things that lead us
Down the path to serenity

So between now and the 31st of July I will offer a 20% discount on the purchase of a signed archival giclee that is matted in a 16″x20″ white mat ready for your frame. It is packaged in a clear plastic sleeve and shipping and tax will be extra. The cost of the print is normally $100.00 each so the sale price will be $80.00. The print is available on my website only and you can place your order via PayPal from my site.

to order this print

Looking for peace is a challenge for everyone and it is important to surround yourself with people and things that remind you of who you are and of the great value to this world that you are. So if by chance this image can help you in that quest it would be a great joy to me to share it with you!

peace, love and prosperity requires creativity!


What I know today is that change happens

June 11, 2009

Change is a good thing… usually.

I have made a decision to change this blog over to a art business oriented blog. Since the name of my company and the name of my blog are the same, that makes sense, don’t you think? I have enjoyed doing the personal blog and expect that I will at some point create a new one, but right now the focus needs to be on creating a cohesive marketing plan for making, selling, and showing art- because that is what I do. I hope to still write about life and the possibility of things as it relates to art. Because that is how I write. So I hope it will still be interesting, thought provoking and entertaining.

However it is time to move on. So all of the posts to this blog will soon be deleted to make way for new and interesting posts ( I hope)

peace, love and prosperity requires creativity

and that is what I know today