Cowgirl Rembrandt

I just started this new pastel. I love hats. I love people in hats. Everything is roughed in but I spent a little time furthering the face. The left background is going to be dark. The right background is going to be light. Lighter than the hat.

just started

It’s going to be my version of a cowgirl Rembrandt.


If Rembrandt had condescended to paint on velvet he would have been a master at that, too.


Now here’s the quote for the day:

“There’s a point when you intuitively realize that to be free you have to give up your attachment to freedom. You have to quit asking yourself: Is it still there? Am I okay? You have to decide to never look over your shoulder again to see it you’re free or if others know you’re free. You just have to let yourself burn there – no matter what.
This isn’t something I can help you with. I can tell you what you need to do, but you have to do it. In the beginning, teachers can help a lot. But the deeper you go, all they can do is point, and clarify, and tell you what you need to do. Only you can take this step. Nobody can push you into this place.
It’s like Buddha’s final night under the Bodhi tree. What did he do when confronted with this? He reached down and touched the ground and said, “I will not be moved.” Finally – when everything that could be thrown at him was thrown, and he was still unmoved – it was done. He never looked back.”

~ Adyashanti
The Impact of Awakening

The Decorated Face

Halloween just passed. Everywhere you go you see witches and goblins. It’s fun. People go a little crazy. Little kids get candy until their little bags are almost too heavy to carry. Marty and I are just sitting back and viewing the scene with amusement. When we went into our mechanics shop we were greeted by Celia.


She is the gorgeous office manager at our auto mechanics. Isn’t she amazing? She is painted for Dia de los Muertos. That is Day of the Dead. On the Day of the Dead people honor their loved ones who have passed away, and celebrate in a festival that has roots nearly 4000 years old.

Halloween is the same. It is the beginning of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallowed), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. The traditional focus revolves around the theme of using humor and ridicule to confront the power of death. Which includes little kids going around begging for candy at all their neighbor’s doors.

I just noticed that cultures all over the world are really into face painting. I did this pastel drawing of a Native American man.

native dancer

Then I started thinking about all the gorgeous African painted faces I’ve seen. And New Guinea faces. Face painting is nothing new.

Why do we like to do it so much?