Tag: drawing

Where does a dreamer go from here?

Rising Dove of Peace - Drawing by BZTAT
“Rising Dove of Peace” – Drawing by BZTAT

When I was younger, there were things in my world that I aspired to change. I have always been one to wax philosophical, and I have often held to lofty dreams.

As a child and as a young woman, I dreamed of what my world would be like when I reached the age that I am at the present. And I did all that was in my power to make changes happen so my dream world could come true.

I dreamed of a world where fighting nations found other ways to settle disputes. I dreamed of a world where child abuse, domestic violence and other social ills would become obsolete. I dreamed of a world where human beings became smarter and kinder and more effective in their pursuits of happiness.

I dreamed of a world where gun violence was gauged according to it being a rare event, not according to how it rated against last year’s numbers.

I dreamed of a world where our growing body of intelligence helped us learn to work together instead of developing technologies that made it easier for us to blow each other apart.

I dreamed of a world where common sense became more common, and selfish rationalizations became rarities.

I knew that these hopes and dreams would not all come to pass in one lifetime, but I honestly thought we would be closer to them than we are by now. Instead, I look at my world and wonder, how can it be that we are farther away from these things than ever?

At age 50, I struggle to reconcile the fact that, despite my efforts, and others’ efforts from my generation, my world totally contradicts that which I had dreamed it would become.

Was I a fool to think it would be any different? Am I bitter and cynical and not seeing the forest for the trees? Am I having a “mid-life crisis”? Or is life just bigger than I thought, and beyond my limited imaginings?

I have no answers. I am not even at a place where I can posit any assumptions.

Recent events (Newtown, CT shooting; Webster, NY fire and shooting; 2012; “fiscal cliff” negotiation breakdowns; Syrian Civil War; etc.) have shaken my usual optimism.

Where does a dreamer go from here?

Life is an Adventure!


"The Mystery of Cats" Create-a-thon: 12 hours of creating tomorrow!

Black cat contemporary folk art painting by BZTAT
Painting by BZTAT

“The Mystery of Cats” exhibit has been on display at Second April Galerie in Canton, OH for a couple of weeks now.

As promised, I will hold a 12 hour “Create-a-thon” in conjunction with the exhibit tomorrow (Thursday, October 18).  I will create artworks in the gallery for 12 hours (9 am – 9 pm) and make them available for auction the following day (Friday, October 19). The works created during the Create-a-thon will be auctioned to raise money for the latest Okey’s Promise: Art for a Cause project. You can donate straight to the project as well, regardless of the auction. 🙂

Some of the artworks will be paintings, some drawings, and maybe a surprise or two. Not all of them will be cats, although I am sure there will be a few mysterious felines in the bunch. All will be great for giving as gifts for the upcoming holidays!

Be watching my posts on Facebook and Twitter to see the works in progress throughout the day. Or better yet, stop by the gallery at 324 Cleveland Ave., NW and visit as I create!