Epictetus – the Art of Living

‘First, say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.’

‘Know What You Can control, and what you Can’t. ‘Trying to control or to change what we can’t only results in torment’.

‘See things for what they are. When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it; you can either accept it or resent it.’

‘Things and people are not what we wish them to be nor what they seem to be.¬† They are what they are.’

‘Small-minded people habitually reproach others for their misfortunes. Average people reproach themselves. Those who are dedicated to a life of wisdom understand that the impulse to blame something or someone is foolishness, that there is nothing to be gained in blaming, whether is be others or oneself.’

Accept events at they occur. Don’t demand or expect that events happen as you would wish them to. Accept events as they actually happen. That way peace is possible.’

‘We are like actors in a play. The divine will has assigned us our roles in life without consulting us. Some of us will act in a short drama, others in a long one. We might be assigned the part of a poor person, a cripple, a distinguished celebrity, or public leader, or an ordinary private citizen. Although we can’t control which roles are assigned to us, it must be our business to act out our given role as best as we possibly can and to refrain from complaining about it. Wherever you find yourself and in whatever circumstances, give an impeccable performance. If you are supposed to be a reader, read; if you are supposed to be a writer; write.’



Productive afternoon/evening. Three more emoticons almost done. Adoration, Soothe, and Clean. Lots of new ingredients.
Two more works in progress here as well. Intimacy the cover of Bloc Party last album. Broken and burnt canvas with chocolate powder. still need to figure out the rest but its a large size emoticon.
Also another in the nude figure series – I’m calling it Transfusion for now. I want¬† a horizontal image although it has a tendency to try and be vertical. Interesting how my default is vertical. Horizontal is an effort.

Intimacy (merci Bloc Party)

Transfusion - oil


Fresh paints

Some works in progress.. or hopefully closer to done. last one is for a friend but Im sure her boyfriend will not be looking on my site so I think its ok to post.

Torn canvas, coffee grounds, ash, oil

Torn canvas, caymen pepper, eyeshadow, lipstick, oil, ash

Torn canvas, tarragon leaves, oil, ash

oil, canvas, coffee grounds

Oil, canvas, sugar


Calvin and Hobbes

This morning I linked through on my Tweetdeck to a Calvin and Hobbes posting. I typically dismiss most cartoons and animations and for many years have done so with C&H, but I think I may be wrong here – or my humor has changed – because I am really appreciating this stuff now.

Calvin: “Getting is better than having. When you get something, it’s new and exciting. When you have something, you take it for granted and it’s boring.”
Hobbes: “But everything you get turns into something you have.”
Calvin: “That’s why you always need to get new things!”
Hobbes: “I feel like I’m in some stockholder’s dream.”
Calvin: “‘Waste and want,’ that’s my motto!”

Calvin: “My watch tells the time, the day, and the date. It doesn’t tell what month it is, though. I need a watch that tells the month.”
Hobbes: “I suppose they figure if you don’t know what month it is, you’re not the type who’d wear a watch.”