June 9, 2013:  Secretariat Secretariat – captured in film. “1973 Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths to capture the Triple Crown – a legendary moment in the world of sports was born.”

October 13, 2012:  I just watched Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. It’s an absolutely inspiring documentary. Some of Basquiat’s paintings remind me of my pastel drawings, the energy of the works specifically. You can find the movie on netflix -  a must watch.


September 20, 2012:  Jack London You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.  – Jack London  Jack London Signature  via wikipedia  

August 14, 2012:  Learn to build things and sew things and cook and grow. It’s ancient technology, but it still works. It’s simple and it’s all we need. via

June 19, 2012:  Sometimes it helps to read this. Inspiration Definition

June 6, 2012: 

“If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it.”

– Ray Bradbury August 22, 1920 – June 6, 2012

May 24, 2012:  I’m now signed on to Pinterest, one of the fastest growing global social media sites today. I must say, I’m hooked! Having a virtual “tackboard”  is a fun inspirational tool. It’s a way to connect and it’s convenient – especially for designers and individuals in the creative field like myself. Mashable has an interesting post on how Pinterest has effected web design trends, take a look.

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March 26, 2012:  A Promise To Peru website is up –! I’ve been working hard – designing, writing/managing posts and keeping up with the social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter). Next is organizing my first fundraising event! Almost a year ago now, my sister and I went to Peru to volunteer our time. My sister, a physician, provided medical services to Peruvians in rural areas near Cusco. I organized arts & craft stations outside the medical clinics for the children. The kids created extraordinary art while they waited to be seen by the doctors. Below are two examples of what the kids worked on! A Promise To Peru - Stony Brook Medical

December 12, 2011: 

The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011 via Buzz Feed. There’s something truly special about this image – devastating and hopeful at the same time.  A year gone by documented photographically – a valuable medium in our culture to say the least.

Australian Scott Jones kisses his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer’s riot shield in Vancouver, British Columbia. Canadians rioted after the Vancouver Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. (Getty Images / Rich Lam) Source

November 5, 2011:  A painting of mine was used as inspiration for a music video created by Mary Deas, commissioned by the band First Nature. The painting is actually a composite. I created several acrylic backgrounds and about 3 dozen line drawings of a female figure with a guitar. I then mixed and matched the backgrounds and foreground drawings. This technique allowed for many variations. Check out the final version chosen by First Nature.

Seeing the painting used in this beautiful stop animation video gives me a “wow factor” feeling. The painting truly comes alive. There’s an official Video Screening Party: Friday, December 2nd at 8:00pm. Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Avenue, Ridgewood, NY.

First Nature : Karenmusic from First Nature on Vimeo.