Thursday, February 04, 2016

Room of the Day

This space is has a little bit of everything on my wish list. 

A beautiful hearth. 
Floor-to-ceiling windows. 
Black painted surfaces. 
Old hardwood floors. 
Layered textiles. 
House plants. 
Art.
Books lying around on the floor.
Structural details.
Black shutters.
Ratan basket chair.
And an overall Bohemian vibe.

Please let me live here.



Monday, February 01, 2016

Stepping into the River

River Samsara - original art by Sarah Greenman



When someone beats a rug, 
the blows are not against the rug, 
but against the dust in it.
- Rumi


This past week I attended a workshop on racial justice. I've done this work before - many times. And I've had phenomenal mentors and professors who have helped me awaken to the truth of our brokenness. We are all filled with ugly impulses. We are all filled with secret judgement and embedded bias. We are all part of the nightmare of racism, classism and sexism. Everyone.

Transformation is painful. When I was younger, I thought that I would transform - just once - and then I would become who I was meant to be. Just like that. End of story. Of course, that sentiment seems silly now. Transformation is a lot of work and there is always another layer to uncover. The more I excavate the true and authentic yearnings of my life, my work and my purpose the more uncertain I am of the earth beneath my feet.

I want things to be different. I want to transform. I want my neighborhood to transform. I want my state to transform. But I don't want to just dream about equality and dignity and wholeness for all people, I want to create equality and dignity and wholeness for all people. And I am doing things - good, important things. But I must also begin (again) the deep-soul-dive, the very difficult spiritual work of lovingly and patiently walking through the mine field of my own participation in systems of oppression. This is what lies ahead.

The river is before me.
It is time to get wet.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Kantha Clothing

Last summer, I found a marvelous Kantha cloth at Tuesday Morning. I thought I would use it on the end of my bed or as a curtain, but instead, I think I'd like to make a coat or a vest. Take a look at the beautiful designs below. I love statement pieces like these!



 



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Artist Cecily Brown

Today I'm pouring through the work of Cecily Brown, a very well-known British born artist. Her work is completely inspiring to me and lately I've been revisiting her heavily layered lush pieces with renewed interest. During my workshop with Flora Bowley this past fall, Flora encouraged me to release "meaning" and embrace the idea that the simple pleasure of mark making - of putting paint to canvas - is reason enough for painting. Seeing Brown's work reminds me to lean in and layer it on. Here's a taste of her work.












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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Day Dreaming About a Community Garden

I'm in the process of fundraising and building towards a school garden for our neighborhood. We are already well on our way, with lots of public support and energy. The ground-breaking is scheduled for mid-April. In these last months of winter, I've been browsing gardening sites, writing grants and anticipating the joyful actuality of this BIG project. I'm excited to bring this garden into fruition. But spring is still a ways away. I'll just have to wait and bide my time with these dreamy photos.













Monday, January 25, 2016

Back in the Saddle | Updating my Website

Hello dear readers! Updating my website has been on my to-do list since September. In that time I have not attended to any of my web content, nor have I sent my art newsletter. So if you've been hearing crickets at www.sarahgreenman.com, I apologize.

But today, I've refreshed my navigation, updated my projects and am about ready to launch my first newsletter of the year on February 1st! If you haven't signed up to receive my newsletter, you can do it now at www.sarahgreenman.com/newsletter. I've got some exciting things to share in the next newsletter and a very cool upcoming opportunity for all you art collectors out there. Sign up and get all of the latest information. (I never share your information or send you spammy crap.)

Please head over to my website when you have a moment and let me know what you think of the new layout. I always appreciate hearing your feedback. Thank you and have a beautiful Monday!