Art & Bagels

Bruegger's Bagel Cafe

Bruegger’s Bagel Cafe

3267 Bee Caves Rd.

Austin,Texas

4th Movement   Acrylics/on Canvas by visual artist Barra Gustafson on display  February,3 rd, –March 2nd, 2013

Upon any sale from the 4th Movement Collection a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Eanes ISD.  Bruegger’s Bagel

Cafe is located very near to Cedar Creek and Eanes Elementary, West Lake High School and Hill Country Middle School.

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EAST Austin Art Tour 2012

I am excited to be a part of the EAST Austin Art Tour 2012.  This is the last week end to see lots of art—visit studios, and join in the fun.

Textured Acrylic on wood panel ” Middle Ground” on display during EAST at Pigoata Studios. ( next to Big Medium)

We are art.

As a visual artist I am interested in and continue to explore my relationship to the world.  I found this installation by Bob Gregson on-line.  I hope you find it intriguing.  Here is how I sum it up.

We communicate. We look for windows of opportunity. We trust.  We drift.  We see what we want to see. Our perspectives can change in a moment. We are art by becoming  involved in part of the process.  We are art.

 Thank you for stopping by the Reflective Journey.

 Barra

The Sensitive Heart

“it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are”.   e.e. cummings

i carry

It's your heart handle with care.

The memory of reading an e.e.cummings poem brings joy to my heart, and his poem “i carry your heart with me” moves me to tears.  The first thing I noticed when introduced to an e.e.cummings poem was his style of using lower case letters
and unusual word placement.  His poems visually appeared to be a sharp contrast from the other poets enjoyed by the class, and on some level  I realized —he’s different.   I wish I could say that my life was changed, and I immediately  accepted my own differences.  Like most young people I fell into wanting to fit in the same shoes as every one else, but not individual enough to walk well in loose-fitting shoes.    I believe I connected to his sensitivity in the poems, which leads to recent information I’ve found that I think can make a difference in my life.

I’ve always been aware of my sensitivity.  Painfully, reminded many times by parents, teachers, and classmates.  Elaine Aron, PhD author of The Highly Sensitivity Person, a book about how sensitivity affects our close relationships brings this to the surface for me.  She began researching high sensitivity in 1991 also calling it Sensory-Processing Sensitivity (SPS, the trait’s scientific term).  I have a strong connection to this new break through.  I find myself feeling more like “yes, this sounds like me”.    I’m not crazy –I have a tribe to connect with that will understand these mixed emotions of mine, and relate how crazy it feels.   I plan to keep up my own investigation about where this new information will continue to lead me.   I encourage you to check out Elaine Aron and her article in Psychology Today available
at newsstands.  Here is a peek:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201107/sense-and-sensitivity

Thank you for stopping by  Reflective Journey

Barra

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Is risk worth the effort to find creativity?

Sometime I get stuck in a very snug safe place in my own cocoon and I forget …that to grow ….I must keep changing.  At this first thought, I quickly pull out my box of quotes that I’ve accumulated over time.

I found this one by Buckminster Fuller “There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly”.   That quote inspires me to rethink where I am today.  Rethink taking a risk.   It seems to take me back to hope with the gentle reminder that God’s world is full of promise no matter the circumstances.  The struggle is worth the effort as hope spreads its wings to help me fly.  As hope and inspiration join together it improves my ability to open my mind to a new way of seeing the world.  I trust it will help you.

Take a risk.

Summer fades.

I’ve been on a creative journey for awhile — I am happy with my art, my life, and where I am going. I plan to post some of my work, but my desire is to use this blog to share some of my thoughts along the way that might add value for friends, and other artists.

Cool breezes, deep waters and sailboat racing on Texas beaches fade as summer comes to an end. The image in the video is a 24”x 36” acrylic painting created by using both my hands –much like finger painting. Acrylics’ dry fast, and I worked very quickly to produce the piece. I used brushes and fingers to paint the people and boats into the scene.

Please check out my web site    www.barragustafson.com