Paths with a heart

” For me there is only the traveling on the paths that have a heart, on any path that may have a heart. ” Carlos Castenada  (Thanks to Bill Singleton at for this quote.)

I have been thinking a lot about this idea, my first few month of retirement.   I have years of the habit of making art with anything that catches my eye or is convenient — a good photo of someone that I happen to take, usually.  If I drew from life, I have been drawn to “dead lifes,” still lifes of things that are dead or wilted like tree limbs and devils claws.  I am determined to stop both these practices.  One aspect of retirement is the knowledge that time is limited, and I will not spend it on things that have no heart anymore.

I have the ability to draw people and faces, and I want to use that to find meaning as much as possible, not just to show an interesting person. How this will evolve I do not know, but I resolutely take the dead tree limbs to the trash now, no matter how beautiful they look to me.

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