After the End


This painting sat untitled for about month and it followed Perfect Order as part of a series exploring the fluidity of inks, both alcohol-based and acrylic-based. The medium demands full presence and the willingness to trust unexpected surprises as part of the creative process. After several meditation sessions, I began to see implications of an…

The Power to Live a Meaningful Life


A full moon lights up the Wish Granting Jewel Mantra spreading gifts of luminous wisdom on an azure sky and scattering new seeds of growth on fertile rolling hills. A raw aquamarine set on a round mirror helps to wash away past hurts with love, understanding and kindness. As the moon recedes in the horizon,…

It is About Hearing the Heart’s Song


Working on a technique I wanted to teach at one of my Full Day Painting Retreats, this brightly colored acrylic painting seemed to magically appear on the canvas. As it was intended for the morning exercise, I allotted 3 hours and when the bell rang, it was as if I awakened from a dream. I felt…

Dilbreen’s Trek Updates


  No matter what we do and where we go, we are always embarking on a journey of sorts but a trek, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is a long arduous journey, especially one made on foot. Such was the fate of a young Yazidi family and their first-born son, when they fled their enclave on Mount Sinjar in Northern…

Simply Love


  Seating on the cushion, pondering on love, I soon uncovered some old wounds having a lively party with my “small self”. The revelry festering in the shadows soon became loud enough for me to notice and I began squirming on the cushion. I became snippy, short-tempered, and felt very hungry; all clear signs that I needed a bright light to…

The Courage to Come into Full Bloom


It all started with creating a video teaser inviting people to a workshop I will be teaching next weekend. After the video was posted on social media, I continued developing the painting by manipulating the brightly hued alcohol-based inks and adding various textural elements with brushes, sprays, dabbers and a thin white marker. The flower…

Dwelling in Peace, Love and Fulfillment


I don’t need to tell you that our planet is in distress and so are all who inhabit it. I mentioned it last week. I also don’t have to tell you that living with stress is not living fully or authentically. It is like we walk around with an invisible fence around us, yet one…

The Perfect Order: Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Antonin Scalia


  It appears that the world is in utter chaos. Social media and the 24-hour news cycle broadcasts in detail, the atrocities and mayhem that humans inflict on one another all over the world, compelling us to feel distraught and emotionally pulled in directions often guided by primal concerns. And so it is that we…

A Year Ends Filled with Blessings


This door protector was created for a winter vacation cabin in the woods in upstate New York a few years back  The client commissioned it because the dwelling was constantly exposed to vandalism and squatters. No more! Since 2013, there have been no incidents reported, not even signs of rodents or other non-human creatures. The clients…

A Grateful Heart Does Alter the Land


The Heart Sutra, one of the most revered of the Buddha’s teachings is the inspiration and theme of this 10″ x 14″ mixed media on paper art work. Called The Grateful Heart Alters The Land, it is also the begining of a series titled The Grateful Heart, that investigates changes to perception and interactions with the world as we extract the meaning of the sutra and chant with the intention to awaken the sweet energy of the energy vortex within the heart chakra.

Filled with Possibility


I knew the moment I looked at this painting that the turmoil laced with uncertainty that I felt around me, in the country and in the world at large mimicked my own. No matter what media or what social situations I found myself in, they all managed to bring out a similar theme: fear. Fear…

Do You Deserve Gifts? Thank You for the Flowers!


Do you secretly fear opening presents or look forward to unwrapping a surprise? At a time when we celebrate the birth of Christianity; the power of faith, and the strength of the light of God as in Chanukkah, and the joy of abundance and family bonds of Kwanzaa, we can easily observe much sadness, anger,…