Monday, December 16, 2013

Merry and Bright!

z e n t a n g l e (R) inspired art for each of the 12 days of Christmas!
May your holidays be filled with hugs, laughter, and love!
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Esther
 
 
Ahhhh!

Fields 'n Farms

Flurries

Kings 'n Castles

Petals

Poke Root

Seedlings

Showers

Snow Balls

Streams

Whirlwind

Zinger Zendala

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Art Opening Reception: A dream realized


I am the featured artist for September at the Amazing Grace Bakery & Café in Duluth, MN. Displaying my artwork in a gallery was a dream of mine long before I had any artwork to display. My dream has now manifested in a glorious way and I am so very pleased to write that the art opening reception will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Amazing Grace Bakery & Café, 394 Lake Avenue, Duluth from 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM. Live music from award-winning Greg Herriges will begin at 8 PM.
Refreshments will be served.
 
About the Art
Thumbprints on Ladders
Patterns have fascinated me since childhood. Doodled designs filled the margins of 
notebooks from grade school through law school and followed me right into the courtroom. Inwardly, I yearned to be an artist; outwardly, the world seemed to say: “What you draw is not art.” I believed that voice for a long time. And then, in November 2011, three years after I left the practice of law to live more creatively, an acquaintance introduced me to
z e n t a n g l e®.
 

Dragon Tails Jigsaw Puzzle
 The z e n t a n g l e® method of pattern drawing, created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, uses a 3.5 x 3.5 inch paper tile and a .01 Sakura micron pen to create intricate, beautiful, non-representational art. For me,
z e n t a n g l e® gave me a method by which I was able to take my love of pattern and express it in an organized way. Simply put, it gave me permission to say:
I AM an Artist.

What I love about the z e n t a n g l e® method is its inherent freedom.z e n t a n g l e® has shown me how to look at a seemingly complex pattern, deconstruct it into its essential components and recreate it―freehand, using pen and paper. In z e n t a n g l e® there is no erasing―there are no mistakes. This non-critical, let’s-see-what-happens-next way of drawing allows me to practice sidelining the analytical, judgmental attorney side of me and gives my artist permission to explore and discover new ways of doing things in the world. It is a mind-set I seek to create in every moment, not just when I put pen to paper.

Printemps Mosaic
This exploratory what-else-can-I-create perspective has lead me to use graphic design as an artistic tool to create new patterns using my original artwork as in the jigsaw puzzle Dragon Tails, and the framed pieces Thumbprints on Ladders and Printemps Mosaic.

The infinite possible patterns I have yet to discover excite me. May the patterns I have assembled here delight and inspire you to live knowing all things are possible.

The z e n t a n g l e® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted.
 z e n t a n g l e® is a registered trademark of z e n t a n g l e, inc. Learn more at www.zentangle.com.

Monday, March 18, 2013

A shining example of spirit within

Each of us is an indomitable spirit wrapped in a unique human package with the power to inspire, amaze, and transcend that humanity at any given moment. Charlotte and Jonathan, who sang together on Britain's Got Talent in 2012, exemplify the power of that spirit to move all of us to greater heights. Thank you Charlotte and Jonathan for sharing your beautiful gifts with the world.
 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Beautiful and Amazing Lake Superior

I LOVE this Lake! It is ever-changing, powerful, and beautiful and I can't seem to get enough of it. End March will be our one year anniversary here in Duluth. We moved from Gladstone, Michigan on Lake Michigan's Little Bay de Noc in March 2012. Little Bay de Noc froze over providing much habitat for excited fisherman. Here is a photo of the ice shacks on Little Bay de Noc toward the end of the season, March 2012, when the ice was already melting.

Ice fisherman shacks on Little Bay de Noc, Gladstone, MI, March 2012.
When we moved to Duluth, I couldn't imagine this portion of Lake Superior freezing solid because the wave action is so consistent and the lake area is much larger than on the bay in Michigan. Although the lake hasn't frozen solid, I am continually amazed that it freezes and thaws and freezes sometimes all within a 24 hour period. Yesterday, I took these two photos of Lake Superior when the waves were strong and the water was churned up with sediment turning it a chocolaty brown.
An incoming wave on Lake Superior, Duluth, MN, Feb. 7, 2013 . . .

Crash!
Today, the Lake is white with chunked ice and so beautiful. Gently rolling waves undulate the surface ice in a mesmerizing rhythm that made me question just what I was seeing. This photo is of the same rocks as shown above, one day later.

Frozen beauty. Lake Superior, Duluth, MN, Feb. 8, 2013.
 The lake's ever-changing face reminds me that nothing stays the same for long and life's gift is to notice every moment before it changes and flees forever.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A celebration of humanity


Humans are incredible. This symphonic/choral flash mob is amazing to watch unfold. Here is the text that accompanied the Youtube video:

Published on May 31, 2012
On the 130th anniversary of the founding of Banco Sabadell we wanted to pay homage to our city by means of the campaign "Som Sabadell" (We are Sabadell) . This is the flashmob that we arranged as a final culmination with the participation of 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.

Inspirational and beautiful and a celebration of all that is good in the human spirit. Enjoy.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Life is Miraculous!

 
This inspirational video brought true tears to my eyes. This man's story exemplifies the power contained within each of us to change and become that which we choose to be. Arthur's transformation is a shining example of the body's immense capacity to heal given time, attention, and care. It a testament to the miracle of life. Congratulations, Arthur, for all that you have accomplished!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Warm Winter Soup

Our friend Nick recently gave my husband two enormous chunks of King Salmon that he caught somewhere on Lake Michigan. Not knowing what else to do with an excess of salmon, I decided that it was high time I experimented with making fish chowder. It was so tasty that I am sharing it here. My recipe is based on http://allrecipes.com/recipe/salmon-chowder/ , but mine is dairy free. I served the chowder with collard greens cooked in an Americraft waterless pot and brown rice. I hope you enjoy it!

Salmon Chowder
Ingredients
1 tsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 medium-large clove garlic, minced or crushed
4 small potatoes or 2 medium potatoes, chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
2 medium or 1 large carrot, chopped into 1/3 inch pieces
1 cup vegetable broth, low sodium (I used Pacific Natural Foods, Organic)
1 - 1 1/2 cups filtered water
sea salt to taste, approximately 1/4 teaspoon
ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1 1/2 cups cooked salmon, chunks or 1 16 oz can of salmon
(1 tsp. olive oil and 1 T. lemon juice are needed to cook salmon)
3 T. flour (use rice, sorghum, or buckwheat flour to make it gluten free)
Freshly chopped scallions (optional garnish)

Directions
Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in 2 inch deep saute pan on medium heat. Saute onion, celery and garlic until onions are tender. Add potatoes and carrots, cook 1-2 minutes, mixing well. Add broth, water, salt, pepper, and dill. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer approximately 15 minutes, or until potatoes and carrots are soft.

If using fresh salmon, rinse thoroughly. Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in saute pan on medium heat. When hot, add salmon, skin down, and cook for approximately 3 minutes. Add water to cover bottom of pan, cover. Cook 10 minutes, add 1 T. lemon juice. When cooked through, remove skin and check for bones; break into chunks and add to broth.

Cook broth with salmon approximately 5 minutes, whisk small amounts of flour into soup to thicken broth. Allow to simmer, covered, another 2-5 minutes. Serve with freshly chopped scallions.