Saturday, January 6, 2018


Ruff Sketch

Road Blocked 

My creativity vanished into a misty sea of nothingness.... Why?  I had streamlined my household tasks so all flowed smoother and easier, but the "time" to create still escaped until, at night, just too tired to draw or paint I'd put it off until tomorrow....
tomorrow never came.

Always a daylight painter, one day a young friend suggested, why don't you switch your online time at night for reading and recreation into the afternoon, even in bits and pieces?  Then try this, at bedtime, during a quiet time of rest and music, as part of a pre bedtime meditation, take a sketch pad and draw just three quick drawings, of anything, in any style and without thinking or looking at something.  Best yet, sketching, is a no prep, no clean up type of artwork.

"Do something easy!" 

"I want easy, I want it now!"

* Interestingly, I had recently read from several sources that drawing, painting, sketching, coloring, and even knitting, beading or other relaxing crafts could aid in relaxation, enjoyment, and gentle stimulation of the hippocampus area of the brain.  This helps to gently store memory and improve over all function.  Even 2 hours a week, a little at a time, can show improvement in mood and a more positive enjoyment of life: "pride of accomplishment."    

Why not try night vision sketches, even in very low light?  Just start drawing 3-5 minutes of anything.  The first night I already had a feeling of gentleness and success at bedtime.  The second night I got a big surprise!  Without planning I waved the pen over the paper.  Little ears appeared, and as I drew I knew the cat coming in from nowhere was Ruff, our "big furry" now in full winter coat, complete with a tan fluffy sweater around his neck.  The gesture drawing technique is full of action and essence, the pen flows quickly without actually leaving the paper,"simple yet contoured." 

The above sketch is definitely Ruff!

So now I had at least four avenues of instant creativity, stimulation, and relaxation:
1-2-3 writing, three small pages of "anything at all" spontaneous writing

1-2-3 night sketching at bedtime

1-2-3 gratitude, What highlighted your day?  Even 3 easy words like  "love, joy, freedom" or other positive statements can add feelings of contentment and only takes a few seconds.

Easy knitting or craft projects, real easy, no set pattern or agenda!

No need to do every project in the same day.  Mix it up a bit.  Zoe, my friend, also added get a blank calendar and write in possible days for creative minutes or longer projects "as needed" to spur action.  Flexible and Fun.

Dream CATchers:

Dream #1: Enter the Dream
It was October and scattered golden leaves were wind blown in my dream.  Rob opened the front door and in ran Ruff, the black and tan cat in the above sketch.  He carried a skein of medium weight yarn in his mouth.  It was fully wrapped in its store package.  The yarn was mustard color.  Ruff carried the yarn to me and dropped it at my feet. Then I woke up.

And so I went looking for the dream yarn at a store.  There was a "mustard" colored yarn, but too light and yellow, not at all like the darker mustard hue in the dream.  I found instead a skein of self striping yarn, the colors of Ruff, in various shades of cream, ochre, red brown, chocolate, and dark brown.

"I'll try it!"

I designed an easy pattern, no not right.  Rip out and begin again.  Next came a "Stonehnge" scarf of rock-like block effects.  Not!  Rip again.  **I saw on the Knit Show with Vickie Howell that people were knitting "Frankenscarf" patterns including mixes of yarns and colors in spontaneous designs on wide ranges of needles, even sewing some swatches together in unique  ways for colorful wall hangings.  

Begin again, this time with garter stitch, real easy and all knit on short wooden needles.  we'll see what develops~ Knit breaks during the day help me relax and reset my energy.

Dream #2

**Yon and Mu come to life! 
Yon and Mu are cartoon cats in Junji Ito's Cat Diary book.  Every cat owner can relate to the challenges and surprises.  Yon is a short haired white cat with black spots and Mu is an adorable Norwegian Forest cat.  The art work is amazing in realism and fine detail while highlighting emotions and situations with believability.

I have a copy of the book!  I put it on my night table. One night while I was asleep and dreaming, Yon and Mu came alive in cartoon form and jumped out of the opened book and onto my bed!  I knew it was a dream at the time, but it was wonderful to have night visiting cats all the same!

I still marvel at Yon and Mu's similarity to our Orange and Ruff: Best Buddies

And today, on Jan 6, Epiphany, three years ago, Ruff arrived on our back porch, a kitten freezing and homeless in a blizzard.  Then, we took him into our home and hearts.

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* Dr. Daniel Amen, book and programs  Memory Rescue 2017
  Dr. Joseph Mercola, online newsletter, various topics to help your brain function and memory improve 

** The Knit Show with Vickie Howell, youtube  and other sources, various yarns Bernat, Lion Brand, and others varieties of weights, textures, colors and blends; knitting needles, Clover, and more

*** Yon and Mu, Junji Ito's Cat Diary, ..."a series of hissterical [sic] tales....despite being a dog person J-kun finds himself purrsuaded [sic] by their odd cuteness and thus begins his comedic struggle to gain the affection of his new feline friends."  A must read for cat owners.
"The most striking appeal of Junji Iyo's work is his artwork."  Kodansha Comics

Deepak Chopra: chopracentermeditation  change your life

Meditative Exercise improve memory, strength, and flexibility:
Dr. Paul Lam, Tai Chi for Health
Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming, YMAA
The Yoga Journal, Giam 

Song of the day, Scarborough Fair Canticle by Simon and Garfunkel

Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Images by Dahlis
Ruff Sketch, pen on paper

Knit Easy photo, self striping yarn

Best Buddies, Orange and Ruff, photo

Thursday, December 28, 2017


Mystical, Winter on the Lakeshore
* Poem by Isabel Brady Jackson

Is this the way your surface looks?
Ice crags and slopes
and floating alabaster craft
bizarrely shaped and silent
under a great white glow
casting blue shadows
of slowly moving figures?

I am in the moon and on it
yet in and of the earth:
a spell is fallen on me
and everything under the heavens;
enmity and unease have been dispelled

This majestic, magic moonlit night:
shaded, yet illuminated mystery, 
fixed in memory

Blog Search:  key words:  sky, moon, poems

Poem contributed by Isabel Brady Jackson, from Observations and Affirmations Little Book Of Poems, 2017.  Poem published with permission.

Songs:  Moonglow, the Theme from Picnic, (movie), In the Light of the Silvery Moon, old fashioned sing-a-longs also include Moon Over Miami, and Allegheny Moon, 

"Newer" Tunes : Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd and February Stars by the Foo Fighters

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author and Tai Chi Instructor

Photos by Rob

Thursday, December 21, 2017


Intending for today?

Planning for today?

What is/was today?

Enjoy Every Minute

Make Every Moment Count

Pick up that pen and sketch a few reindeer~

In the Zone with Pen and Paper

Semi realistic or stilted~

A few patchy snowflakes

Light and Airy

Antlers are a Challenge

Two Minute Focus

* Pick an object and stare at it for 2 minutes, a candle, a painting, a pet rock perhaps.  Clear your mind. Blinking your eyes is OK.  Bringing yourself into a state of calm helps you to achieve better health.  

Keep a calm reminder in every room.

"Today will be yesterday tomorrow...."

Blog Search Key WordsMeditation, Creativity

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* The Dr. Oz Show, 2 minute meditation, Dec 2017

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Images by Dahlis:

On Beams of Light, flash photo into blank TV screen

Reindeer and Snowflakes, pen and ink sketches

Swirls of Sunlight, coffee cup,  photo

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Here it is again....silver white wintertime....

Ice Patterns 

rost through a sunny window became a painting a long time ago.  Looking at it "today" I see a multitude of animal forms and faces smiling back at me.

Now i
t is time to get out the "winter paintings" in all their blue and silver glory and put them "face first" around the house to enjoy and marvel.  

Our first snow of the season happened!  As if by magic, new forms appear.

Making Tracks

This photo almost looks like an ancient stone structure engulfed by silver and white.  Actually they are stepping stones down our back patio. 


Tom Remembers

He was a young cat then, romping in the snow, sporting full winter coat.  

It is time to get out the crayons and sketch and dream again.

Legend of the White Stag?


* "Music is much more than notes on a page...."

** "Silver White Winters...."

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* Quote by Mr. Holland, Music Teacher to student in movie Mr. Holland's Opus. 

** "Silver white winters that melt into spring.....these are a few of my favorite things....."  sung by Julie Andrews, The Sound of Music, movie.

Simon and Garfunkel, The Concert in Central Park, songs of the day: American Tune, Slip Sliding Away, New York

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Images by Dahlis
Ice Patterns, oil painting 

Making Tracks, photo, bird tracks on snowy steps

Tom Remembers, photo

Tom Romping
, photo

Magic Crayons, photo

Legend of the White Stag, oil painting (detail)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


*  "The mystery of time is a mystery of spirit."

                Liquid Light

Times Past
Recently we watched some old movies filmed in black and white and shades of grey:
I Remember Mama, 1948
Rhapsody in Blue, 1945
The Glen Miller Story, 1953

Mama was about a family from Norway moving into San Francisco.  One of the daughters became a writer and told family stories.  Some songs and l were sung in Norwegian.  I remembered the TV show, based on the movie, from my early childhood where my Mom and I watched with rapt alertness on black and white TV.

Steady Attention

Rhapsody in Blue, the Music of George Gershwin stunned us with the development of a musical style and achievement of a personal dream "ahead of his time."  

Freedom from Distraction

The Glenn Miller Story is about a jazz trombonist who forms a band and creates his signature sound, ever persistant to pursue his goals.

Depth of Concentration

All of these movies showed unexpected twists of plot and depth of character development:  "timely and relevant" even in today's world.  More amazing, I watched every scene...riveted in place for the next event or song without wandering into a haze of daydreams.

Music Jogs Memory:
While Watching the American Music Awards (AMA) 2017  I stopped stock still and listened: 
Pink and Kelly Clarkston sang Everybody Hurts.  I remembered REM and Michael Stipe's recording and video and live performances:
"Everybody Hurts, take comfort in your friends...."


I also recalled Pink Floyd's On the Turning Away and Comfortably Numb.  "

Jaw Drop"

"What's that song?"

I felt time shifting time....slow forward all the time.

** Singing songs or listening to music even 12 minutes a day or longer can enhance your life and improve mood and memory. 

"Where were you when you first heard your favorite songs?"

Frequency of Aum, art work Jay Van Shelt

*** Climb your first mountain, maybe you hit a valley, a pause, a time of change?  Recharged "Climb your 2nd Mountain...."

Look through every window.

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*Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Oprah Winfrey, 21 Day Meditation Experiences, Making Every Moment Matter, Nov 19, 2017.  chopracentermeditation  varieties of meditations for every life style

*** David Brooks, investigative journalist, interview Nov 10, 2017

** Daniel Amen, M.D.  Memory Rescue, 2017, help to improve memory and mood

Total Memory Makeover, Marilu Henner, actress, author:  sort, store, and file your memories

Willie Nelson, Angel Flyin' Too Close to the Ground, Pancho and Lefty plus City of New Orleans and more

REM: Everybody Hurts, Night Swimming and others

The Glenn Miller Story, Universal Pictures International, 1953. James Stewart and June Allyson 

Leonard Bernstein, conductor, Rhapsody in Blue, American in Paris and more music by Gershwin

Rhapsody In Blue, Warner Brothers, The life and music of George Gershwin, 1953 starring Robert Alda

I Remember Mama, 1948, a Norwegian Family settles into life in San Francisco

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Liquid Light, photo by Dahlis

It's Time

Frequency of Aum, Art Work by Jay Van Shelt, Art from Sound, photo reprinted with permission of artist

Look Through Every Window, photo by Dahlis, what do you see?