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Gazing into this abyss called Life and wondering.....what's next !?!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas...

Greetings readers,  I hope this time of year finds you all surrounded by the comfort of those you love sprinkled with much laughter and merriment as many of us gather with friends and family for winter celebrations.  With the recent tragic events in my hemisphere, I think we all needed to return to our hearts and hearths - the center point of being grounded in all that matters most.

Sharing some images of things that warmed my heart and hearth this holiday season....


<----Ginger. I think he was staying up to see if he could catch Santa while watching over one of his favorite snoozing humans...



<---- Toby. Master of Ceremonies in our household...


<----Christmas morning brunch - French toast with warmed berries served at a table full of family and a guest. It was so nice to have all of my kids home this year. As they get older and onto lives of their own, these gatherings are quite special....







Many blessings to you and yours as the celebrations continue...



Monday, December 10, 2012

Noah Purifoy: Joshua Tree Outdoor Museum

This past weekend was all about art. Photographers. Painters. Experienced. Renowned. Wannabes. Admirers. Sculptors. Opening receptions. Potters. Assemblage. Art gallery crawls. We looked at art. We talked about art. We encouraged. And praised. And pondered. And all were inspired....

Friends from San Diego came up and we spent a large part of the morning wandering and wondering around Noah Purifoy's installations of assemblage sculpture at his museum out here in Joshua Tree. He began his assemblage sculptures on the desert floor of Joshua Tree around 1989. I remember visiting this site sometime around then or early 1990s. Yesterday, however, after over 10 years, one can see how the elements of the desert have taken their toll on the works. Still, the statements remain - however one interprets them. Thought-provoking to say the least.

Check out Noah Purifoy's foundation web page for background information on this intriguing artist. Then, check out my interpretation, 10 years after my first visit...





I'm a TV celebrity - in my own mind....



Recognize these? Cafeteria trays. There were hundreds of these arranged in Noah's assemblage sculptures.

"Voting Booth". What you don't see are the three toilets on the flip side. 10-12 years later and the sentiments seem the same...

This one is called "From the Viewpoint of the Little People".....it sits high up, maybe 10-15 feet above the ground.

Bowling ball sculptures. They were quite prolific at this outdoor museum.

All image 2012 ©Diana Shay Diehl / Mojave Light Studio

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Weekend to-do lists

A beautiful fall day today....not even close to feeling like Christmas is less than 3 weeks away. As I try to grapple with what needs to be done in preparation for family and friends, I also find a gnarly leak in my bathroom that has now seeped under the wall into my bedroom; the window panel to the back sunroom door has popped the seal; and there are critter hair bunnies everywhere. Didn't I just sweep and vacuum, like, yesterday? Oh, and there's the never ending garage that needs a major purging - again. If I didn't have to go out there to do laundry and get critter food - I wouldn't have to see it and push aside the guilt...

Phooey.

I step outside into my backyard, also in dire need of sprucing up, wanting to enjoy the last snippets of daylight and look up to find..........





































Fall is seeping into winter. I like this view much better than the damp tiles in my bedroom.....

Monday, December 3, 2012

Receiving...

Have you ever had a day where everything seamlessly flowed? People were nice to you all day which made it easier for you to be nice - probably because you were nice to them to begin with? Someone let you know they were thinking of you - and you had been secretly hoping that they were? There's a vibe in the air you can't quite put words to but if you could - it would just be a string of hearts....

Today was like that for me. I felt realigned clear down to the most minute cell to my core. Of course, it also helped that my students completed one of my all time favorite holiday projects in record time, cleaned up their mess of a gazillion tiny snips of paper, and loved the project as much as I do (photos of that next installment....).

It's late. Past my week day bedtime. I should have finished up my report cards. Instead, I spent the evening designing a new wall calendar and a cover for a journal, and visiting with friends on Facebook. I love the quiet space of my kitchen in the wintry evenings. Candle burning. A cup of hot tea. Comforting sounds of the house - family pets wandering in and out to see what's going on, my son going about his nightly chores - homework, catching up with friends, getting ready for his day tomorrow.

I will leave you with a hastily taken iPhone shot of our sunset this evening. The view below is the open desert and sky I am blessed to see every day that I leave and return to my home. This is my neighborhood - a brief walk from my driveway to thousands of acres of wild lands. Breathing space.

Cotton candy skies tonight............ Yes, it was exactly these colors.

Thank you for my day. My heart is filled with gratitude.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

December DISCOUNT for art purchases

As an incentive to make holiday shopping a little more palatable, Mojave Light Studio is offering a 20% discount for anything purchased at our Fine Art America site during the entire month of December. This includes products ordered for our private clients.

HOWEVER, the discount applies to the cost of my prints only- not materials Fine Art America uses in completing the order if one wants more than just a print. None of that goes in or out of my pocket. Oh well. At least it's something off, right?

Please use coupon code: ZGKBGD at check out.

Find us at Fine Art America, Diana Shay Diehl

Check back often as we add more images.

Spread the word!

Out of procrastinating comes....

'Tis the season for......report cards, holiday planning, prepping the house for guests and festivities. I am a tried and true procrastinator - which means my report cards will be completed, well, before the deadline as will, maybe, everything else.

What did I do with my anything-but-sit-for-a-few-hours-and-fill-out-bubbles-on-the-computer time?  I created a web page to sell some of my favorite images! I've been searching for viable and quality ways to have my works produced in other means than my own printer as well as a place for my clients to purchase their portraits for themselves and other family and friends.

Welcome to Fine Art America! - a world wide site with some pretty incredible artworks from all over the globe. Please visit and share what you think as I continue to develop my galleries and offerings.

No photo today. I need to get back to my report cards.......but not until after Toby and I take a walk on this blustery and cool late-fall day.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Absence of color...

I cannot believe it is December. What happened to November?

Just a simple post for today. I was playing around with a new photo processing program. Being partial to black and whites and softer tones in that vein, I rather like this redo of a summer sunflower. Without the distractions of the vibrant yellows, one may better notice the intricate patterns Mother Nature weaves into her little miracles....

Have a beautiful first of December.








































<------- Here is the original shot, taken with my iPhone....