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About diane heath

Beauty as a 40 Day Spiritual Discipline. The rest of the year, visit me at The Sacred Ordinary (and the ordinary ordinary).

Art Collecting Without Guilt

I don’t spend money on art. Well, once I bought a photo for $1 at a yard sale.  We are not going to talk about what I paid for framing. Like most people, our household budget just doesn’t include a line-item … Continue reading

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Falling in Love with Natalie (again)

Natalie Goldberg has a new book.  Living Color:  Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing. I love Natalie.  (even when I hate her – some of you know what I’m talking about)  Writing Down the Bones was the first (the only?) book … Continue reading

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What Does George W. Bush Have In Common With The Sacred Ordinary?

I am chagrined to learn that after leaving office, George W. Bush has taken up art.  His life-passion is painting. Apparently he has painted over 50 dogs. He also paints himself in the shower. And in the bathtub. He piddles way … Continue reading

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Everyday Objects

Sometimes I paint pictures of everyday objects.  Then I look at my pictures and know that one day the objects will break, or I will be forced to give them away when I move into a nursing home (or onto the street).  But if I … Continue reading

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It’s All About The Frame

I’ve started painting. With brushes and a paint set.   I take ownership of my amateur status (in the best sense of that word).  I love painting! When my adored child-play creations are dry, I pin them to the fridge. Passing by I stop … Continue reading

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Piddling as Spiritual Practice

From pid·dle [pid-l] verb (used without object), pid·dled, pid·dling. 1. to spend time in a wasteful, trifling, or ineffective way; dawdle (often followed by around ): He wasted the day piddling around. 2. Informal. (especially of children and pets) … Continue reading

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Wild Strawberry Vine and Urbanite

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Butterfly Shelfie

I used to think this was a tableaux or still life or little altar. Then I learned if it’s photographed and shared it’s a “Shelfie”. (Thanks, Kathy.)  

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Easter 2014

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The Order of St. Diane

When I was little, I loved playing dolls. Here’s how it went: I spread out my Little Kiddles set, which held the collection of dolls and accouterments. The afternoon was spent arranging miniature closets for miniature dresses. Ribbons becamse room … Continue reading

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