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Redbud Garden Club is 60 years old…

Just finished making the little “yearbook” for our local garden club.
Here is the cover…it’s 5.5 inches by 4.25 inches.
The yearbook lists members, meeting dates and programs, resources.
[There are some member openings, in case you live near by
and love gardening, especially with native plants.]

Designing for Generosity

How do you spend your generosity quotient? Do you create just for a monetary return?

Creation is not just something like making an artwork, it is everything you do–in your job, in your home, in your family, in your mind. Here is a another way to look at the exponentially expanding digital technology and its intersection with the human heart. Shirky says, “Free cultures get what they celebrate.”

Are you celebrating a creative generosity that is shared without prejudice or restriction? This is the crux of a true artist..

Watch TED video: Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world

“Art is Human”

Quotes from Linchpin by Seth Godin

“Most artists can’t draw…but all artists can see.”

“Art is about intent and communication, not substances.”

“An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to change the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.”

“Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn’t matter. The intent does.”

“An artist is an individual who creates art. The more people you change, the more you change them, the more effective your art is.”

“Art is original…Art is the product of emotional labor. If it’s easy and risk free, it’s unlikely that it’s art. The last element that makes it art is that it’s a gift. You cannot create a piece of art merely for money. Doing it as a part of commerce so denudes art of wonder that it ceases to be art.”

“If art is a human connection that causes someone to change his mind, then you are an artist.”


The free will choice we have to change our minds is the way we create our world. Honing this ability is our main work. First we have to shake loose the shackles of conformity, familiarity, comfort, and even pain. When you realize that you have been holding on to old versions of who and what you think you are, while letting these versions masquerade as the real you, you will weep and laugh at the same time. We appear in human form as novices when, in truth, we are as ancient as the big bang itself.

digital collage from Square One Series  ©Elsah Cort


Explore authentic work with The Deeper Well retreats
in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Sequoia National Park.

It’s Happening…

The last push, getting ready for the Studio Tour next week. It always seems that the art shows up in concrete form at the last minute, after being in my head for a long while.  Reminding myself how much fun this is!

You are cordially invited to visit me on the Studio Tour.

inside studio view:
hand collection on cabinet door

outside studio window view:
Case Mountain with snow on top,
tree preparing to leaf out


I am redesigning The Other Shore cards.
The original set of 64 is being pared down a bit.
They are collage images with poetry.

card close-up, taken on the floor of the studio.

And new cards are showing up, a bindu series,
named after the center of a mandala and in square format.

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Listened to an intriguing talk by David Wilcock, at the Awake and Aware Conference last September in LA, while I worked in the Studio today.  The talk was split into 15 segments on You-tube.  It is the story of now, the major shift that is happening to all of us, whether we want it or not.  I love how people like David are researching the science and are open to the invisible realm.