Graceful Bathing

In the act of graceful bathing, Buttercups turn to receive the gift of the morning sun. As I stood and watched them hey reminded me in a peaceful way to acknowledge with gratitude the grace in my life and how fortunate I am to life the creative life I have.

The painful images of violence, the news of Coronavirus fatalities and the isolation of social distancing, catalyzed by viewing the video of police killing of George Floyd, finally overwhelmed me. I was in an emotional and creative funk that I couldn’t seem to shake loose.

But yesterday I met a neighbor on the hiking trail and she asked how I was doing. “Not so great, if truth be told,” I said. Though we had only a “Hi Neighbor, how are you? ” friendly wave, relationship she stopped and took a personal interest in my dispiritedness. She acknowledged that she was similarly affected by the news and managed to get past it by focusing on all the things she had to be grateful for. I was deeply touched by her caring.

The next morning I was doing my version of forest bathing, immersing myself in nature on a long hike. I walked slowly and focused with gratitude on the grace in my life. As I turned the corner back into my neighborhood. I met these Buttercups doing what I imagined to be their version – graceful bathing, receiving the gift of the morning sun. The sight inspired me as I hope it will you.

Enjoy,
Joseph

Graceful Bathing

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Cold Quick Crick

There’s nothing quite like the fascinating beauty and energy of a cold quick crick running through a Colorado woods. I want to drink it, feel it in my hands and capture its beautiful energy. Sit and stay for a short while and led the sound and beauty of old quick crick wash away your anxious thoughts and bring you back to peace again. Better still pull off your shoes and socks and stick your feet in that fresh icy cold and be grounded to the earth and all nature. It was here yesterday, it will be here tomorrow but you are here now! Enjoy!

Cold Quick Crick

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Blue

Blue is my favorite color but please don’t misunderstand, I love all the colors of the rainbow. For some reason when I see the color blue I feel calm and connected. I was eager to share my portrait of a blue Columbine, the state flower of my home state of Colorado, that I met one recent morning. Below my blue Columbine you will find some more tidbits about the color blue.

Columbine

Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect.

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Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence. … Blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity in heraldry. The color blue in many cultures is significant in religious beliefs, brings peace, or is believed to keep the bad spirits away.

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Let’s Tak About: Injustice, Bigotry and Racisim

Anti -Racism Resources

“Injustice, bigotry and racism are deeply entrenched in the country we all love, and have been since its origination. The senseless and preventable murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor – and so many others, both names known and unknown – have reignited a deep, raw and unresolved pain and frustration among many, especially Black Americans.”

I am quoting the above paragraph from a communication I received from King Soopers because I am a local customer of this Kroger Company food store. That is the introduction to a web page of resources that is so well done I wanted to share it with you.

I was delighted

I was delighted to get access to this information about combatting injustice, bigotry and racism because I am someone who abhors violence and has never considered himself racist. And, I have been thinking a lot about race issues lately. In fact after watching the video of the killing of George Floyd I was anguished and grief stricken and could not get racism and violence off my mind. I thought to myself – I don’t know how to support positive change nor even have a conversation about it. Perhaps you, like me, have been thinking “What can I do to help?” “How can support others and be active in my desire to see and treat all others as equals and with love and compassion? ” How can I help stop the institutionalized racism in the country and the world?”

How Can I Help?

Each of us will have to search our own souls and decide what is actions are most important to us. I am determined to not just be ” a kind guy who hasn’t got a racist bone in my body,” to someone who acknowledges that if I am not part of the solution, I am part of the problem – in ways that I act, that I shop, that I vote or that I remain silent.. I urge you to support Black Lives Matter and/or other anti-racism initiatives. Take a look at the excellent resource guide that King Soopers sent. It contains many things to help you and to help you to support the cause.

From my heart to yours, be well and safe during these difficult times. Let’s all find ways to come together and put an end to racism.

Joseph Liberti.

Spirit Of Yucca In Your Room

What if you could visualize my piece of wall art Spirit of Yucca in your room? Many find visualizing helpful in planning a purchase. The photo below shows a 16 x 24 framed (the frame adds approximately 2 inches) print of the photo art Yucca Spirit hung in a contemporary dining room. I will post various samples of room types and wall art sizes in this blog under the category “sample room.” Click the drop down link under Photo Art Gallery. Of course you can purchase Spirit of Yucca in different sizes of wall art at my Photo Art Gallery and this week it is on sale at 25% off.

It’s Spring In Your Room

What if you could visualize my piece of wall art It’s Spring in your room? Many find visualizing helpful in planning a purchase. The photo below shows a 20 x print of the photo art it’s Spring hung in a contemporary dining room. The ready-to-hang metal prints and Thin Wraps would both look like this. Everything in the room is in proper proportion. I will post various samples of room types and wall art sizes in this blog under the category “sample room.” Click the drop down link under Photo Art Gallery. Of course you can purchase It’s Spring in different sizes of wall art at my Photo Art Gallery and this week it is on sale at 25% off.

windows On The Woods

Readers of this blog are very often nature lovers and art lovers and I know would enjoy a view through Windows On The Woods – now on display virtually and by appointment at Kreuser Gallery. The wonderful art of this show is created by fabulous artist and tree hugger Deb Komitor.

I was recently invited by gallery owner and artist Abigail Kreuser and my tree-hugger friend Deb to participate in the stream of virtual events arranged to help people see, enjoy and buy this inspiring often majestic art show, Windows On The Woods, even during this time of social distancing. I chose to write and record an arrangement for strings and performed that piece plus some spontaneous improvisation with and to the trees on display. The video is below. Oh, and no extra charge for my stunning Corona homemade haircut. Enjoy! Joseph

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Superstition

No, I am not a superstitious person but I really dig Stevie Wonder and love his rendition of the song Superstition! Today I just had to share a video of ChadLB and his virtual big band playing the livin’ daylights out of the song superstition. Chad Leftkowitz-Brown is a young, genius saxophonist and music educator who has taught me a few tricks though webinars and the awesome jazz study material he creates. He is also an inspiring marketer and his with his ability and energy has continued to grow his reputation and his music business even during these difficult Coronatimes. As I might say to some of my hip friends: ” Get you some of this here jive!” ChadLB and Superstition. Listen up and put new energy into your day and your life.

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Winter’s Gift To Spring

Enjoying my hike at dawn, I was snapping photos of new growth in plants, blossoms and trees when I came upon winter’s gift to spring. I was attracted to the translucent green of illuminated leaves on the inner branches of an old oak tree. I pushed my camera lens between the branches and peered in to find winter’s gift of a sprig of lovely bronze leaves – still here, still filled with infinite energy and still giving of their beauty and grace. I find a certain kinship with these fellow old timers. I aspire to have some of my creations bring joy after my season is over .

Enjoy,
Joseph Liberti

Winter’s Gift To Spring

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Spring Dress

First sight of a ruffled spring dress

I walked past many blooming crabapple trees on the way to school in the small east coast town I grew up in. I remember their pinkness and the dark cherry colored, dare to eat one, tart fruit. They were just part of the background and landmarks on a long walk as I told myself ” I hope I’m not late.”Today, walking at a more deliberate pace I looked closely at a blossom of prairie crabapple tree and for a moment I saw a little girl wearing a pink, ruffled spring dress. The memory of myself as an innocent youth brought a momentary sweet melancholy.

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