Both Sides Now

It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places, in which… you may find really marvelous ideas. Leonardo da Vinci

A cappella is not my forte. Nor is any kind of singing in front of an audience.
My voice was quivering not only because I was incredibly nervous but because the sentiment expressed in this poetic song has always moved me to tears. Not only does it speak to the wisdom gained through life experience, it speaks to the artistic perspective of looking at things from all sides.

Listen to Joni Mitchell sing it:


is the face of Jesus on a piece of toast,

is the man in the moon,

is a cinnamon bun with a likeness to Mother Teresa.

Many of the examples of paredidolia have mystical overtones.
But, I think they point to a predilection of creative vision…
hearing whispers…
listening to your own voice…

trusting what you see out of the corner of your eye…

Face Rubbing

If you feel like exploring, here are some great pics of manhole covers- think RUBBINGS.


Beat artist Bruce Conner is master of the Rorschach.

SFMOMA | Explore Modern Art | Our Collection | Bruce Conner | IN

A selection of his work is here:

At Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco there is a show of Beat artists                                    sight / vision : the urban milieu until November 9.

Last, but not least, are the insightful words of Bob Ross, painting instructor and television personality:



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