Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Message to My Fellow Artists on, Why I Love Artists

A Message to My Fellow Artists on, Why I Love Artists
By Michele A. Ross ©2009

When art get’s the raves, too often artists aren’t always thought of as well as their art.

Well, I am in love with my fellow artists, every one of you.

No matter your chosen medium, crafters in paint, light, sound, words, stone, wood, metal..all, you are near and dear to my heart, and I thank you for your continued enrichment of my life. I really do. A day without art for me is a day most barren and desolate, not just as a creator of art, but as a receiver of the art of others.

You are a most courageous lot, daring to be there and communicate. Did you know that is the worst crime in the universe?, daring to just be there and communicate?

Yet you continue to improve and apply your skill and send your messages out like spacecraft into the void seeking exploration and destination, not always knowing what and where that will be. Bravo!

Courageous? Absolutely! - like Mark Twain said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.” So don’t you dare lose your nerve, don’t you dare! Stumble perhaps, but get up again, continue.

You are extremely important, even vital! When a culture fades, who and what is remembered and who shapes the thoughts and ideas of the new? Art and artists. What do we know and remember most of history and ancient cultures? The products of artists! The words, sculpture, paintings, music, crafts, and ideas created with such skill, beauty and impact. The images of a culture are those created by artists, and artists dream the dreams that science runs hard to catch up to and make a reality.

History has tried to make you crazy or just seem crazy and unimportant because you haven’t always agreed with “the norm” but choose instead to forge new territory, or because the products of your vision and labor don’t seem to be “necessary” to the living of life.

That is a lie. You are necessary, and you are some of the most valuable beings on the planet as far as I am concerned. Art has brought hope to and seen many individuals through the toughest of times. Some individuals are threatened by artists because you have the power to influence ideas, vision, direction, and inspire and capture men’s souls. Artists and art can completely alter lives for better, or worse- you choose. Really, what those who try to make less of you are trying to do is enslave you knowing you wield such power- hoping they will somehow get that power for their own (usually not good) use.

You are also ambassadors from one culture to another which is a very powerful thing indeed. You and your art can cut right through the barriers of customs, language, religion, and location and appeal directly to the essence of one being to another.
But perhaps you already know this, but in case you don’t…

Yes, you are very powerful, so never disparage your own power. You have the power to make someone ecstatic or plummet them into despair. You make people smile, laugh, weep, hope, and believe in their own power and worth faster than any other group I know. You command people’s attention and emotions and take them to places they never dreamed of or thought possible! I know you do for me.

So lift each other up and don’t invalidate yourselves. There’s enough invalidation available out there already should we choose to listen and agree to it. Creating art can be a solitary activity, alone in our studios facing the next blank canvas, or sitting at the piano wrestling with notes, or facing a blank page and trying to create just the right impact with your words, origination can be an awfully lonely, solitary activity and must to a large part remain so at that stage. Art is about making our own, individual communication after all. Even a director is there to coordinate the individual efforts of the actors to result in one overall single communication.

However, in making our art known, and our community known, I believe we can be even more powerful as a group, or working in groups, and thus I work to find ways to enhance and broaden that aspect of our lives because I do believe in the incredible value of art and artists to all of mankind.

Meanwhile dear artist, know this:

I see you or hear you and know that you are there.
I see or hear your work and I appreciate what you do.
You and your work are very worthwhile to me and I am honored to know you and call you friend and fellow artist.
You greatly enhance, and enrich my life, and I am grateful to you for that.

Please continue.

Have a Wonderful Holiday and a most art filled New Year and beyond!

My Very Best,

Michele “Mikala” Ross

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


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I absolutely love white frangipani, or plumerias as they are called in Hawaii. White ones are so showy and of course the scent is simply divine.

Reviews so far:
"The sunshine is wonderful."
"Just awesome! "
"Exquisite! Love the shadows in the flowers. "
"killer droplets!!!! "

BEACH OUTRIGGER- giclee available

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Who can resist the turquoise and aquamarine waters of Tahiti? This is on Moorea island from one of the "motu" or little islands that ring the lagoon.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Originally uploaded by Mikalaartist

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After a full day of snorkeling up and down the Kona Coast last April, we pulled back into the marina at Honokohau in time to enjoy a beautifully lit sky.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

SPOONER'S COVE -Oil Painting

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Another oil painting...
This one is in California on the Central Coast just south of Morro Bay. It's in a beautiful park named Montana De Oro (Mountains of Gold) state park- lots of hiking trails and beautiful scenery.

KUA BAY WAVE -Oil Painting

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A wonderful day out at Kua Bay on the island of Hawaii a few years ago with a dear friend. The waves were perfect as was the weather. I could have watched the kids playing there for much longer had the light lasted.


Originally uploaded by Mikalaartist

I do work in oil at times as well...
This one is Sold already

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tips for the Holiday Season...

Tips for the Holiday Season (with smiles)

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. Like fine single-malt scotch, it's rare. In fact, it's even rarer than single-malt scotch. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Most Important Tip of all: Have a great Holiday Season!

Friday, December 4, 2009

YELLOW HIBISCUS #4 -Watercolor

YELLOW HIBISCUS #4 -Watercolor
Originally uploaded by Mikalaartist

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Today's Watercolor. I do love the yellow hibiscus and have dozens of photos of them. This one was near my home here in Southern California.

Reviews so far:

"Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

"Gorgeous! "

"A beautiful image, so thoughtfully painted"

"Wonderful watercolor !!! Very pretty !!!! "

"This is a beauty. I've been poking through your art set and love what I see. Very sensitive and beautiful work. Love your sense of color too! "

"Beautiful !!! "