Kim McCarty “Portrait, 2015 Watercolor on Paper 69” x 44 ½”

It’s all rev John Cager’s fault I haven’t posted in over a month.
Really. Someone needs to take the heat and I vote for him.
The first Sunday of January I went to his service and in his sermon he talked about being watchful of our conversation and communication,  about the importance of having both be uplifting.
AKA;  Add to the positive , not the negative.

So, quite frankly, as this new year for me has started off wobbly and weirdly , I’ve kept my mouth shut and my fingers off the keys.
My brother –in law went into intensive care New Years Eve.
My oh sooo sweet friend, Warren Long, passed away suddenly on January 2nd, followed by the genius we all loved , David Bowie. And then, and then…
To quote my husband, “ they’ve been dropping like flies.”

So… how’s your new year been going so far?

Here is the somewhat good news though. Being quiet and reflective, trying to make sense of it all and feel into my heart, has allowed me to remember what faith is.
Faith is when you can’t see the end of the tunnel but you keep walking anyway.
Faith is remembering that if that horribly painful thing had not happened at E, I wouldn’t have gotten to that beautiful and wondrous thing that happened at F.
Faith is allowing yourself to lead with your heart and not your mind.

Last Saturday night my friend Kim had an art opening. I wanted to go for several reasons. She is one of my favorite artists. Her watercolor faces are breathtaking. Her watercolor animals delightfully soulful. As a matter of fact, one of her Buddha watercolors blesses me as I write this. I wanted to go to support her. It was a group show with another artist I’m a fan of , Roger Herman,  and one I’m not familiar with, Mona Kuhn, but whom  I’d heard talking on NPR a while back.


Artist Mona Kuhn

She was the curator of the LA Billboard show which is a fantastic venture. Fabulous art works by noted artists on billboards all over town. The idea is make fine art available to the masses, and also to pump LA up into more of a culturally aware city.
So I was interested in seeing what Mona’s work was like, and also in seeing Roger’s  ceramics  as I’ve only been familiar with his amazing woodcuts.
But again, the main reason I wanted to go was to show up and be counted for Kim.
Saturday was also my friend Warren’s memorial.

The show was from 4 to 6. By 4 I felt like crap. The image of my thick white duvet ready and waiting for me kept fighting with the image of cars on PCH working their way to join more cars on the 10 freeway. But paying it no mind, I grabbed my husband saying, “We’re outta here!”

I didn’t go for inspiration. I didn’t go to be shaken out of my rut, and I didn’t go to diminish the sadness that had engulfed my heart since Warren’s passing.
But all three things happened.

The name of the show is Love Potions. Mona Kuhn, whose series of photographic portraits are beautiful and alluringly open, told me that it was Kim who suggested having a group show. She said that Kim said “the world needs love now …let’s do a show about love”
True That , Baby!

I’m not an art critic so I won’t even attempt to go into detail about the show except to say this; It’s terrific!
I left unstuck and uplifted.

I’ve begun, in my airy fairy/hippie dippy way to view the deaths of individuals over this past month as Angels Getting to go Home. Even though I don’t know it, or can’t see it, perhaps their work here was done and it was their time to leave.

I’ve been reminded, yet again, that we have art and music and literature to lift us up and  out of our ruts.
And of this, more than anything else, What The World Needs Now Is Love.


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Kim McCarty
Mona Kuhn
Roger Herman
Jan 1 to Feb 27


As usual sent with love



4 Responses

  1. Karen Sweeney says:

    Beautiful as always…
    You never fail to move me Annie Stein.
    Thank you.

  2. Wonderful quote by Paramahansa Yogananda: “Don’t depend on death to liberate you from your imperfections. You are exactly the same after death as you were before. Nothing changes; you only give up the body. If you are a thief or a liar or a cheater before death, you don’t become an angel merely by dying. If such were posssible, then let us all go and jump in the ocean now and become angels at once! Whatever you have made of yourself thus far, so will you be hereafter. And when you reincarnate, you will bring that same nature with you. To change, you have to make the effort. This world is the place to do it.”

  3. Holly Palance says:

    Live long and prosper darling’re words are balm to the heart and soul…..I trust your minds eye….what you see in Kim’s you xx

  4. Kate Lipkis says:

    Thank you. I love how you speak from the heart. The show looks wonderful and your endorsement is enough. I’ve learned you have exquisite taste!

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