Wednesday, June 7, 2017


"Preparing to Scan"

Drawing the Curtain

In the previous post, Drawing the Curtain,  I thought about "drapery studies" but, until today, I didn't have "time" to try one.  Interesting as the pen made lace-like effects from the solid print curtain on its rod.

Drawing the curtain is hard!  I want something easy....How about:

Drawing the Puppy

Drawing a puppy from memory is fun, no specific animal, free of agenda, mind on autopilot, an evolving door.  Steps of drawing an animal friend are suggested, go lightly at first, then darken as the images becomes more clear and sure. 


Now for a more specific dog.  To fix "Blue" more in my memory bank, I add "details" such as eye color, coat color, expression, personality and feeling freedom with the sketch.  Sketching is more powerful than we think!

"Preparing to Write"

1-2-3 JRNL
*I heard a suggestion today about daily self care.  Grab a journal or a piece of paper and write free style about anything at all for only three minutes.  You can shred it afterward if you like.  

"I can do that!"

Here's what I wrote:

Standing on the precipice of writing, I feel like I'm standing on the high dive.

I look down into the shimmering crystal turquoise water.

What do I  feel?  Think?

Where am I?

Who am I?

A grain of sand in the ocean of time

Words drift in:
"....and I took the road less traveled...." poem by Robert Frost

Key word: Creativity

Related Posts:
The Blank Page ( I have yet to write in my blank journal)

* Resources:
The Dr. Oz Show, June 7, 2017, Iyanla Vanzant, recovery and release, inspiration

Music for the Day:
Radical Face Ben Cooper, layers of sounds in Leaves, Roots, and Branches

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Pen on paper images by Dahlis:
Drawing the Curtain

Drawing the Puppy

Sketch of "Blue"

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Roses in Lace

Drawing the Curtain?  What does it mean?  Close the curtain on a chapter of your life, a memory?  Open the curtain to a new sunny day, a new beginning, a new perspective?

Years ago in art class, we penciled, crayoned, charcoaled, and painted "drapery studies."  What value does this have if any?  We painted draped sheets, clothes, patterns in colors and blacks and whites.  We learned about the grey scale and how to paint and define shadows?  What?  I learned about sharp edges and soft, about thick and thin, about solids, transparents, and translucent effects.  I learned against my will.

I love lace curtains.  I love them from ages past.  I remember my mom stretched newly washed sheer curtains on stretcher boards to dry before hanging again.  I stayed away from stretcher boards because I might easily prick my fingers on the needle sharp projections. 

Mrs. Harris, the cat, studies shadows and light.

*Pretty Lace with Green Plant

I love patterned lace, some with wheels, or rosettes embedded into the designs.  Drapery study techniques are useful in this painting

Curtains of Light

One midmorning, lavender light came in through the window.  The sheer white curtains, tinged with a blend of red and blue light rays, blended into a stunning hue in the spring sunlight.  Patterns shifted and vibrated, almost like mountains and water and rays of light.

Use the sky as your blank paper....

Related Posts:
* Absolute Magic, painting Colby Jack, the kitten

Art: Nickolaides, the Natural Way to Draw, drapery, gesture, outline and more 

Music: Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park and The Best of Simon and Garfunkel, provide a peaceful backdrop with Sounds of Silence and Scarborough Fair (with and without canticle).

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist Author and Tai Chi Instructor

Images by Dahlis:
Roses in Lace, photo
Shadows and Light, photo
*Pretty Lace with Green Plant, detail of lace from Colby Jack's kitten oil portrait
Curtains of Light, lavender light through sheer white curtains

Wednesday, May 3, 2017


* Neon Wolf

Sifting through Archives, I pull out a paper.  On it is a poem written by a friend.  I read the message and marvel at the words and rhythm of the moment. 

* Wolf I am
Wolf I run
Peaceful and Serene

Wolf I am
Wolf I rest
Quiet and Serene

Wolf I run
Surrounded by Friends
Pack mates all

Howling at the moon
Wolves we are
Together and Serene

Wolves we are
Moonlight Above
Running together

Wolves we are
Peaceful and Serene
Together and Alone

I got a picture in my mind.  I hunted it down.  Here it is~

             Kerry and Black Wolf

It turned "pink?"

Wait a minute....The black and white painting is not tinted pink~  Kerry looks his usual black and tan.  I'll leave it as "pink" or other color or colors your device may pick up.  Go Figure.

The above painting is a remake of the one below, the original watercolor dream, painted from a different angle.  Will the wolf cross the pond?  Is it frozen?  Is it solid?  His coat is shaggy with snow.  His slanted eyes show deep intent.  Spring  snow?  It is still present in some areas of the USA mountains.

Who is Black Wolf? 
Originally Black Wolf was an image that came to me years ago. I had a dream vision of a black lone wolf coming to a frozen pond.  I sketched a watercolor.  Crossing or Not?    

               Thin Ice

** Meanwhile I saw a video called the Rise of Black Wolf, a wolf like no other, a wolf who broke all the rules, from National Geographic Wild.
Eventually I painted a portrait picture of Black Wolf, surrounded by blue and green.  Later a friend took Black Wolf home.


Who is Kerry?
Kerry is one of my three German Shepherd dog plastic sculptures from ***Breyer, sold as portraits of Roy Rodger's dog Bullet from the TV series, for kids who liked animals.  Naturally I named all the dogs and marked all them differently.  Each had his name and personality.  Kerry is the dark coated one.  Kerry is more playful than Jerry, his sire.  I also still have Prince, Jerry's lion-like brother.

I loved pencil sketching endless drawings of the dog models, teaching me how to draw and how to shade the muscular bodies and practice fetching expressions.  Collies had lots of coat, covering their structure.  It was easier to learn from a shorter coated dog model.

Kerry and the Wolf Shadow

Kerry remembers his timeline....

Key Word, blogger search:   Wolf

Related Posts: Background for this story
Thin Ice, crossing the pond?
Kerry and the Wolf Shadow
Courage, Journey of Black Wolf
Creative Energy, guest blogger Francesca

* Neon Wolf, painting and original Wolf Poem (copyright 2006) by Francesca, photo by Francesca

**Rise of Black Wolf, National Geographic Wild, "a wolf like no other."

*** Breyer, models of many breeds of horses, dogs, and more

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Neon Wolf painting of Shadrach by Francesca, photo by Francesca.  Photo displayed with permission.

Thin Ice, water color sketch by Dahlis

Courage, oil painting by Dahlis.  Look above the head of the wolf, there is an unexpected spirit wolf appearing there along with an aura around Black Wolf. 

Kerry and the Wolf Shadow, photo by Dahlis

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Tai Chi Around the World happens this year on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Celebrate in your time zone at 10AM, alone or in groups, outdoors or indoors.

How does Tai Chi make me feel?  Help me heal?  Receive calm and pace?  Feel more alive?  Bring in friends to care and share?

All of the above!

Recently I sorted through some long ago drafts of spontaneous writing.  I read again: 
* "Sounds of the city, sifting through trees, settles like dust...."

Now I am recalling Tai Chi class when I was learning the Yang Long Form, 88 pattern.  I stood behind the back row, and not in it.  Sort of like life, being the observer rather than the participant.  I like the feeling of invisibility and detachment.  

** I think about Jou, Tsung Hwa's book, The Dao of Taijiquan  I think about timelessness tucked into one of his chapters.  I think "cosmic," I think  "how appropriate."  I read:

"Reaching the state of mind called Ju-Ting is a wonderful experience yet very hard to describe.  One feels nothing in the mind, like blankness; the whole body seems to be in a vacuum....Both the inside and the outside of the body feel very comfortable.  This state could be described as a small amount of Yang within Yin.  There is no response to sound or other distractions.  One...still knows a little about oneself....imagine what it is like to concentrate so deeply on an interesting book [or painting, or sculpting or writing, or inventing, or anything] that the outside world is forgotten....(p. 146)."

Can Tai Chi Help Me?
Tai Chi is for all age groups, walking paths, patterns, and timelines of individual yet connected lives.

*** "I honor my sacred journey.  I honor the sacred journey of others."

Tai Chi Benefits:
feel calm and centered
social groups
personal awareness, awareness in the moment
mind-body integration
breath, focus on senses, intuition, and nature around you
attention and intention
meditation in motion, relax while exercising

Tai Chi gives me a feeling of authentic self acceptance.  I am both the subject and object of my experiment.

Like spring flowers, Tai Chi invites awakening of full potential in all areas of life.

**** Tai Chi honors flexibility in mind, body, and spirit.  The bamboo is flexible, it can bend very low with the high wind or It can stand up straight and tall.  The bamboo accepts abundance of rain, yet can endure drought conditions until the rains bathe it again.  "Become like bamboo."

"The cat is fully present...."

Blog Search Key Words:  World Tai Chi Day, Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation

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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is created by Bill Douglass, Tai Chi Expert and Author

* Simon and Garfunkel, musicians,  Lyrics from Old Friends, variations of this song, sometimes connected with Bookends.

** Jou, Tsung Hwa The Dao of Taijiquan, Way to Rejuvenation. "Be a crane among chickens.  Become the Crane!" 

*** Quote from Debra Basham, Spiritual Teacher, author, CHTP, HTT, RMT, NLP, SCS-Matters with Joel Bowman, Ph.D.

**** Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming,  Books, seminars, DVD, free apps, newsletter, Tai Chi, Qigong, Martial Arts, Traditional Chinese Music from Wind Records.  Thoughts about the bamboo's flexibility.

Dr Paul Lam,  Tai Chi Programs for all skill levels for better health, developed by Tai Chi Experts and Medical Doctors.  "All is Possible with the Mind, quote by Dr. Paul Lam."  Many products available, seminars, also youtube, Free Lesson, Tai Chi for Beginners

Master Weiqi He helped develop Taiji Qigong 18 Form with Master Lin Hou Seng.  Online instruction with Master Wing Chung who worked with the creators of the form.
"Your Today--My Yesterday, My Today--Your Tomorrow," quote by Weiqi He

Dahlis Roy: Visionary Artist, Author, and Tai Chi Instructor

Words of Wisdom  bamboo ink painting by Dahlis
Allegheny Service Berry and Redbud, photo by Paul
Cat Fully Present, Orange Cat photo by Dahlis

Sunday, April 9, 2017


* "Be Yourself, no matter what they say...."

Bits and Pieces, visible and invisible, come into play, snips of lyrics, melodies, hums, dreams, and more are here.

How do musicians stitch together sound bytes?  What does sound look like?  Painted Sound, Digital Sound?  "Behind the Seams" of a song or symphony, how can it happen?

** "When I write music or conduct a symphony I see pictures, landscapes, scenes.  I basically write and play from pictures." 

*** Aum Frequency, Digital Art from Spoken Voice 

Musical DNA:
"I know that song, I've heard it before!"  Instant Recognition connects pathways into past, present, and future.  "Are you playing with time?"  I can hear the zither tones of ****The Third Man Theme by Anton Karas.  I'd know it anywhere!  I feel the DNA of the deep soul through music.

Is creativity or ways of thinking a genetic trend?  "I come from a family of (name your creative traits)."  How much does nurturing play a role?  My mom and dad encouraged reading, writing, and drawing from an early age.  Luckily, TV came into being!  Radio was already here. 

"Good Teachers!"

The Big Radio, musical nutrition

William Blake, poet, painter, engraver, author is coming into view:
+ "On windy days and moonless nights,
Blake wears a coat of shifting lights.
The tailor now has grown so clever
He stitches light and dark together...."

and so it is also with personal journeys, stitching together the painted, written, woven, spoken, crafted, and musical fabrics of our individual emotional soundtracks and musical landscape creations.

++ Piano Key beaded necklace, designed and created by Zoe

Musical Architecture:  takes many forms from analogue to digital, structures of sound, color and light, real and imagined, come into luminous physical and non-physical realites.

Blogger Search Key WordsMusic, Sound, Creativity, Frequencies

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Tonal Vision

* Sting, musician, singer songwriter, lyrics and music from the song, An Englishman in New York. AUD Audience from Direct TV, Album Release Party NYC Irving Plaza, interview and performances through i Heart Radio, 2017 

** Lang Lang, composer, conductor, Bloomberg TV 2017, interview

*** Jay Van Shelt, Paintings, Prints, Digital Creations and Sound Art, Mad Hatter's Studio

****  The Third Man Theme, music for the movie, The Third Man (1949) by Anton Karas, youtube and Wikipedia

+ A Visit to William Blake's Inn, Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers  for children of all ages by Nancy Willard.  Illustrations by Alice and Martin Provensen.  Quote from p. 43, story is Blake Tells the Tiger the Tale of the Tailor.

++ Zoe Zaroff, Jewelry by Zoe, hand crafted, custom designs available, beading, torch work and more.

Dahlis Roy:  Visionary Artist, Author and Tai Chi Instructor

Aum Frequency, Art from Sound, Jay Van Shelt, photo reprinted with permission

Fun with Sound, that's me having a listen to the Big Radio, photo by my Dad, Robert G. Diess

Piano Key Beaded Necklace, created by Zoe Zaroff, photo by Dahlis