A beautiful day to be out doors! Off I went to visit the Dali Museum. If you are not familiar with Florida, the Dali is located in Saint Petersburg, Florida. It had been a couple of years since I was out here and I wanted to view the Picasso exhibit while it was here.



I always admired Picasso’s work and considered my self a fan of his work. I especially favor his surrealist and cubist periods. I did not know that Dali was an admirer of Picasso’s work. In fact Dali followed Picasso’s work very closely and often produced a painting in response to a Picasso piece.


It is comforting to learn that two artists of such magnitude played off of each other’s work. Some of Dali’s work reflects the influence of Picasso. Who introduced him to the art world in Paris and financed his trip to America.

This is a close up of the lower left section of Dali’s “Hallucinations of a Toreador”. If you zoom into the cube formed by the colored spheres you can see the perfect geometry!

Certainly Dali was inspired by Picasso’s style and demonstrated it in a few of his paintings.


Dali’s Lincoln reflects the Cubist influence. Can you see Lincoln? What else do you see?

Somewhere recently I read that everything has already been done.  Yet this should not stop an artist from producing his or her interpretation. Dali is proof of that. Although he may have been inspired by the mastery of Picasso, yet he evolved into his own genius! Ole!


Viewing the work of these two giants in the same gallery changed the way I felt about their work. In my opinion, Dali becomes my favored artist. His work possesses a fluidity that appeals to me. In all his work there is a mature artistic style that, when compared to Picasso, makes Picasso’s work of the same period seem immature and overly childish. I am aware that Picasso was an extremely talented artist and one who fully understood the principles of art and in his neo-classic period produced beautiful work. Dali’s work however, communicates much that appealed to me. It seems polished, sophisticated, and mystical. His use of light is far more complex than Picasso’s. I especially love the duality in the work of both artists, but here again, Dali’s Lincoln, and Hallucinations of a Toreador” are outstanding pieces.

Dali's Hallucinations of a Torreador
Dali’s Hallucinations of a Toreador

I am including a collection of images the museum allowed visitors to take in the Dali Gallery, unfortunately, they did not allow any photography of the Picasso Gallery Pieces. Still I was glad they let us take pictures at all.

Dali Gallery Collection:

Here are images from other features of the grounds, and several of the reflections from the outside of the Dali Building. It is one of my favorite architectural subjects to photograph!  Everything has a story . . . a strange story! So Dali!

Good Eats!

Café Gala!

The surrounding views



“What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65… and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life?” Anne Lamott


“You get your intuition back when you make space for it, when you stop the chattering of the rational mind. The rational mind doesn’t nourish you. You assume that it gives you the truth, because the rational mind is the golden calf that this culture worships, but this is not true. Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating”. Anne Lamott


“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift”. Albert Einsteinquote-Albert-Einstein-true-religion-is-real-living-living-with-41106_2
steve jobs quotes
“The people in the Indian countryside don’t use their intellect like we do, they use their intuition instead, and the intuition is far more developed than in the rest of the world… Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That’s had a big impact on my work”. Steve Jobs . . .

Reviewing the speed in which this year has sped by and perhaps because I just celebrated my sixty-second birthday, I can’t help but reflect on the year.

Ahhhh that's nice.
Ahhhh that’s nice.

How many of the days that I just lived did I really truly live for me? How many of those days were filled thinking about things that have already passed, or have not yet happened? How many of those days were filled with purposeful and conscious choices? Probably not many. Most of them were sprinkled with worries, anxieties, and concerns about security and happiness.

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” Anne Dillard

Worrying about a probable outcome to a future that has not yet arrived is how I ruin my present! The present is real. The imagined worry is a lie. Great! I think I should go out and stand on my dock and howl at the moon. It would be as productive an act as ruining my present moments by filling my head with lies, or fantasies about probable outcomes that are not real. A better choice would be for me to write about these concerns. The act of crystallizing this bizarre psychological thinking pattern with pen and paper, or typed into my computer, puts the absurdity of it in my face. Now I am sharing it with you.

alanwatts_wisdomofinsecurityThe best predictions are still matters of probability rather than certainty, and to the best of our knowledge every one of us is going to suffer and die. If, then, we cannot live happily without an assured future, we are certainly not adapted to living in a finite world where, despite the best plans, accidents will happen, and where death comes at the end. Alan Watts’ “The Wisdom of Insecurity” 1951

Worrying about an imagined outcome to a future that may or may not exist is intrinsically connected to my interpretation of happiness. No security about the future, no happiness. We all do this to some extent. I can’t help asking myself, what about the present? What am I thinking?

I know. Crazy isn’t it? If you are still here reading hoping I have an answer you can stop reading now. I have no answers. I will share some interesting reading material that popped up on my facebook page. Yeah! Go figure! But it did arrive just in time to help me not feel like I totally lost it. Other people have thought similar thoughts and made comparable observations. Perhaps you will find little nuggets of peace in their words.

Links: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/06/07/annie-dillard-the-writing-life-1/


Cassadaga Reading – The Magician!
untitledA time of positive action with great potential, you are full of self-belief and feeling very empowered. It’s time to show everyone exactly what you’re made of. You will have the ability to think on your feet and The Magician is an excellent omen for success.