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January 31, 2009

Oh my goodness! I got an unsubscribe notice from one of my readers this morning (does anyone else have anxiety about the dreaded “unsubscribe?”)

So it’s possible I got way too far off-topic yesterday with the enthusiasm about my gourmet dog food. I apologize to anyone else who would rather just hear about art.

At times I think I am too obsessed about art (except of course when I’m not obsessing about my dogs.)  I certainly do think, dream, and live art every day! So back to the topic at hand.

art   art   art   art   art   art   art   art   art 

 . . . and the Pursuit of Happiness

Feast your eyes and your heart on this wonderful art journal by Maira Kalman about the Inauguration from the New York Times titled And The Pursuit of Happiness. Thank you Dina for sending me this link!

Circle Painting: Unity Through Art



Conceived and created by artist/teacher Hiep Nguyen eight years ago in Southeast Asia and rapidly spreading around the world, circle painting beautifully demonstrates what can happen when art is the catalyst for bringing people together around a common purpose. Click on either photograph above to learn the history of this phenomenon.

Then visit for more of the story, a forum, and an eye-popping slideshow of these beautiful works of community-created art.

Children’s Art Village

If you still doubt that art can transform lives, watch this video and visit Children’s Art Village.

That’s all for this week. I hope you’re inspired by some of these links.

Have a creative weekend!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Sherrill Pearson permalink
    January 31, 2009 5:15 pm

    Come on Martha…don’t fret about a little unsubscribe – I’ll subscribe. It is wonderful to hear you talk about your dogs. Don’t stop. People who love art usually have many passions and animals are often another one of them.

    I always look forward to whatever you have to post, especially your art.

    Cheers, Sherrill, Montreal

  2. January 31, 2009 5:39 pm

    Sherrill, that is so sweet. I do believe that art and pets have some kind of connection, don’t you? The reality is, there are all kinds of reasons for unsubscribing to a blog. It could be a simple matter of trying to keep emails to a minimum.

    I subscribe to all my blogs through one feed service (Feedblitz) so that they all arrive in one email.

  3. January 31, 2009 5:40 pm

    Don’t fret! People unsubscribe for a thousand and one reasons! They’re changing their e-mail address, they want to use a feed reader instead, they’d rather just bookmark your blog and visit when they have enough time. Sometimes they unsubscribe by accident, just highlighted the wrong blog to unsubscribe to, they’ll be on vacation for a couple of weeks and don’t want a million e-mails to deal with and they’ll re-subscribe again when they’re back. Some people are just fickle and some obsessively subscribe to every blog they come across until it’s just too much. I would not take it personally!

    I always enjoy your “finds” thanks for sharing!

  4. January 31, 2009 5:48 pm

    Thank you Jan!! You are so right, of course. I still have to “talk myself down” every time, though.

    I love your new YouTube demo series! I hope my readers will check it out:

  5. January 31, 2009 6:14 pm

    Neat circle painting. Very neat. It exudes energy.

    I got an unsubsribe notice also, from one of my most regular readers, just two days ago. I think he found another way to follow me, since he has continued to provide comments. I imagine that we can not take it personally.

    • February 1, 2009 12:08 pm

      Yes, Reggie, like Twitter for instance. I’m loving the way I can follow people’s activities throughout the day.

  6. January 31, 2009 10:26 pm

    Darren Rowse of Pro Blogger fame has a great list of reasons why people unsubscribe from blogs at: Give it a read and see what you think. But never take it personally – everything is a learning experience.

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