Paula Ogier artistFor my musings on creativity, aging, and the way we think about age in numbers, join me on my new-ish blog site for The Illusion in Numbers.



GorillapodHi there. If you haven’t been to my new blog site yet, head on over to my latest post, Technology, Travels and Toulouse-Latrec, for some post-NYC / MOMA thoughts.

My chilly, fast-paced long weekend in NYC included an afternoon at the Toulouse-Latrec print exhibit at the MOMA.

I’d love it if you subscribed to the new blog, Let Me Illustrate My Point, as I’m continuing to shift my focus to that one.

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Catnip Memoirs (Copyright © 2015 Paula Ogier)

There’s a lot of art I work on with a vision of it or a purpose for it. Then there are odd little things I spend hours drawing that I have no idea if they will ever go anywhere. Meaning, will it find its way into a piece one day? (Honestly, It doesn’t have to, because the practice of drawing and designing is still both gratifying and a great investment.)

Sometimes it turns out down the line that these weird little bits are perfect for an image I’m working on. I might look through my digital files and stumble across patterns or images I’d completely forgotten I’d drawn last season or last year, and find something that is just right for including in a new image. Creating my final “paintings” can be like putting a collage together.

Like the pattern on the sofa in the image above. I made that for no reason at all, and it turned out to be just what this feline typist needed to sit on.

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Images property of Paula Ogier.

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”
– Albert Einstein

Art by Paula Ogier

“Time and Nature” by Paula Ogier

Isn’t time the most curious thing? Slower than slow when you’re bored, faster than lightening when you don’t want something to end. I love hearing the low second-to-second tick tock of my bedside analog clock during the night, mostly because it’s close to the rhythm of the heart’s beat. That pace makes it comforting and relaxing.

If you’ve got insomnia, that tick tocking can kind of drive you nutso. You’re thinking about how many hours are left before you have to get up. Every tick tock accentuates the direness of your condition.

Still, time is a beautiful thing – steadfast and measurable. Seasons depend on it, don’t they? The evolution of spring’s new life giving way to summer’s lusciousness, and eventually, the gradual decay of autumn succumbing to winter’s sharp crispness. The cycle continues as winter fades against the soft buds of spring. Even so, time is never the same moment. Summer after summer, fall after fall, each new moment is a new location on the map of time.

Do you think much about time? Does it really even exist?

If you’d like some “timely” things to ponder, read Albert Einstein and the Fabric of Time. (By the way, I’m not promoting the author of that article’s book. I’ve never seen it and have no connection to it or to him.)

Image property of Paula Ogier.

“Time and Nature,” 36-painting mosaic, Copyright © 2010 Paula Ogier

SoWa Vintage MarketMeandering through the vintage market usually stirs my artistic imagination. Today is no exception! There are so many patterns, colors and motifs to take in. These sunny scenes are from this Sunday morning at the SoWa Vintage Market in Boston’s South End neighborhood.

SoWa Vintage Market SoWa Vintage Market

It was also a treat to see the sunlight filtering in on this day after some pretty goopy, gloomy weather.

If you’re not familiar with the SoWa Vintage Market, it’s open every Sunday, 10 am-4 pm, year-round in the South End. Here’s more info.

SoWa Vintage Market

Unfinished Puzzle Robert Gonsalves

Unfinished Puzzle by Robert Gonsalves

I find the idea of creating one’s own reality really appealing. That’s probably why I occasionally have dreams (sleep dreams, that is) about drawing, with some kind of marker or pen, a new environment around myself. Or drawing a new road in front of me that I can now travel down.

It also probably explains why I so appreciate the paintings of native Canadian Robert Gonsalves, the creator of the painting “Unfinished Puzzle” shown here.

Here, there are not just one, but multiple people, actively participating in the creation of their new personal reality. Some are still on the edge between the two worlds, but the new place is almost ready for them to walk right into and inhabit. Then again, who knows – maybe the house they’re going to walk into is the same one they’re already in. You could dream up any number of stories about what’s going on at this window between worlds. It’d be an inspirational writing exercise, along with the rest of Gonsalves’ impressive body of work.

Gonsalves has painted so many lovely images (you’ll find a link to 25 of them below) that play with the boundaries between worlds. Seamlessly shifting perspectives move the viewer’s eye from the supposed real world to the world of the illusion. The fun is in giving creedence to the supposed illusion.

Gonsalves’ bio offers these thoughts on the artist’s style and intention:

“Although Rob Gonsalves’ work is often categorized as Surrealism, it differs due to the fact that each painting, each illusion is deliberately planned and result from conscious thought…

Rob Gonsalves injects a sense of magic into realistic scenes. As a result, the term “Magical Realism” describes his work accurately. HIs work is an attempt to represent human beings’ desire to believe in the impossible.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to believe the impossible is possible. I even cringe inside just a little bit at the word impossible. Even if we don’t believe in the impossible most of the time, doesn’t the ability to think, or even feel, that anything is possible infuse us with energy? Maybe the appeal of believing in bigger impossibilities is that it makes the smaller ones, the ones we create for ourselves with our own limitations, more obviously possible.

Another Gonsalves painting that speaks to my dream life is “Bedtime Aviation.” As far back as I can remember, I’ve had dreams in which I simply put out my arms and began flying. Just lifting up off the ground and soaring above the earth. In more difficult dream circumstances, it has been a welcome method of escape. In those situations, I would often remember this option at the last moment. What a relief to remember I could fly. But it isn’t always an escape from unpleasantness – it’s often a thrill. At the very least, it’s empowering just to be able to go anywhere and see anything with very little logistical consideration.

Anyway, I invite you to visit these wonderful scenes below and stay a while in them. Who knows where they might take you.

Bedtime Aviation Robert Gonsalves

Bedtime Aviation by Robert Gonsalves

See 25 Mind-Twisting Optical Illusion Paintings by Rob Gonsalves.

Mona Caron paints murals of weeds in what she calls “a tribute to the resilience of all those beings who no one made room for, were not part of the plan, and yet keep coming back, pushing through and rising up.”

This animation video shows her work growing before your eyes in many public spaces. She has painted walls with weed murals in many places including San Francisco (her current home), New York, Florida, Barcelona, Athens, India, and Switzerland (her native home).

For lots of beautiful still shots of the artist’s weed paintings, plus her thoughts about them, visit Mona Caron‘s website.

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