“it makes sense that it should happen this way-that the sky should break and the earth should shake” – Poe

This post has potential to be the longest one ever. Being taken completely taken over by this piece of music, I feel it necessary to write in such a way to honor the music, and how it is so relative personally. First I am going to talk about a life altering Art Show in Pittsburgh. It was the first exposure experienced with true outsider art. The show toured the United States enthralling many. Most artists were either incarcerated or were rendered sadly unfortunate with mental issues. The artists were all from areas, and had no idea of what any other artist may be creating.

The most exciting thing for me was noting the recurring objects or themes from one wonderful piece to the next; some disturbing, some not. Examples that were outstanding were birds, cages, trains and doors. My thoughts were of freedom and flying away, and escape.

I’ve given thought to my own feelings of wishing for those same things; if for nothing else than pure fantasy.

I am going to post the Poe (one of my all time favorites) lyrics for you to ponder while listening to the music.
I hope you enjoy the art and this post. As always I wish you love and happiness.

#art #abstract #artist #outsidersweetbird
Music: Poe – Fly Away
Art: tierza Title: “Sweet bird of prey” – mixed media on paper. (available)

Poe: Lyrics to Fly Away
It makes sense that it should happen this way
That the sky should break and the earth should shake
As if to say, sure it all matters but in such an unimportant way
As if to say, hey, hey

Fly away, sweet bird of prey
Fly, fly away, nothing can stand in your way
Sweet bird, if you knew the words
I know that you’d say, fly, fly away

In makes sense that it should hurt in this way
That my heart should break and my hands should shake
As if to say, sure it don’t matter except in the most important way
As if to say, hey, hey

Fly away, sweet bird of prey
Fly, fly away, I won’t stand in your way
Sweet bird, if you knew the words
I know that you’d say, fly, fly away

In makes sense that it should feel just this way
That you slowly fade and yet still remain
As if to say, everything matters in such an invisible way
As if to say, it’s okay, fly away

“put it in your heart where tomorrow shines”

I’ve been in darkness for quite sometime. I however am a fighter, I overcome the dark clouds. This work in progress was a disaster! I brought it out and want to paint with only the happy colors. I love this REM song. I am feeling both shiny and happy today. I will post more in progress. As always I wish you love and happiness. #art #artist #music #abstract

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Art: tierza @MistyValleyStudio
Music: REM- Shiny Happy People

That whirlwind isn’t going away, or rather, the effects of it are not

I was devoid of color for quite some time. I have had a lot on my plate. I begged for a bigger plate, I received it! Yesterday I had an affair with color; I also had an affair with music. I haven’t been listening, or rather, HEARING it. I have this thing, this thing called Synesthesia, and I have to admit I love it. I live in music. It is one of the biggest things that can affect the art I make. Yesterday this song by the Buzz Poets (a Pittsburgh band,) had its way with me. I hope you ponder the art, and think of the Hurricane’s in your life. It is best to listen to the music while pondering the art. As always I wish you joy and love. #art #artist #abstract #music

“Synesthesia is a condition in which one sense (for example, hearing) is simultaneously perceived as if by one or more additional senses such as sight. Another form of synesthesia joins objects such as letters, shapes, numbers or people’s names with a sensory perception such as smell, color or flavor.”

Art: tierza – Title: That whirlwind isn’t going away, or rather, the effects of it are not
Music: The Buzz Poets – Hurricane


“come now, come now, can you not see”

I don’t think I will ever forgive the United States for the treatment of Katrina VICTIMS. Crimes against humanity is just not right. We are in such danger of becoming lemmings; if we are already not. The media is using the dumbing down of the masses caused by the cluster-f*ck of social media to help people ignore real issues facing us. Barely talking about the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is now acceptable? Will anyone be held accountable?
I had this painting I started in the latter part of 2015 that I let become too precious. I hated it; and it hated me back. I didn’t exactly know why I did what I did with this color until it dawned on me I was painting the OIL SLICK! I chose the color at random and just let my fury go, it is the color of oil, black and tarry on some fairly gentle colors. I also didn’t know my tell it like it is nature is GOOD (surely I must be indigo) but for the most part I do keep it in check, my heart knows it wants to be free.
I hope you listen to this powerful music by Dave Matthews with the incredibly talented Timmy Reynolds while you ponder the art. I do indeed wish you joy, and love. I also wish you think about what we are doing to our water, land, and, moreover, other humans. #humanist #art #artist #abstract #indigo



“you say you want your stories to remain untold”

What can I say?

Please enjoy the music while pondering the art. As always, I wish you love and kindness.

It made me think of stories of holidays past, stories of families, friends. How they unfold, and  ultimately play out.
#art #artist #abstract #color

Stories unfold. 18x24

Stories unfold. 18×24

Art: Stories Unfold
Music: U2: All I want is you.

“One in three must find some peace” –

This song, this entire CD has had a huge impact on the way I think about some things. I love lyrics that are philosophic, and induce deeper thoughts. I do need proof before belief. It is just how I am. The triptych this song produced via my hands is both simplistic.and deep. I hope you listen to the song in the video as well as ponder the art. As always, I wish you love and joy.
#art #artist #abstract #music

Art: tierza – Triptych titled “One in three must find some peace.”
Music: James 0 One of the three” from the LAID CD (Buy this, it is good!)

“as i wish i could be somewhere floating between lost and knowing”

I have no words to express my feelings about seeing someone fall in love with a piece of the art I created. I feel so honored to know this talented and delightful young woman.
I hope you listen to her music that speaks so deeply to my soul. And yes, this piece of art went home with her. ❤ Fulfilling my obligation to world art drop day.
As always I wish you love and kindness.
#art #artist #abstract #catzisk

In restless dreams I walked alone

I have been in absentia for some time. It hasn’t been for lack of wanting to make things, or communicating with this blog. Pondering my quirky nature; and just WHY I feel the need to be so closed about my personal life, I’ve still so many questions. Is the silence really serving, or is it suffocating? I am certain (despite my lack of impeccable grammar) that there is a book inside of me. The life I chose,DSCN2518DSCN2521 or allowed has been atypical for certain. I wonder, really really wonder what would happen should I take to the written word like it is a canvas. Would the words be soft and soothing, or would they come flying out of me like a verbal Jackson Pollack, spewing expletives here and there with wild abandon, crushing my own pre-concieved notions of right and wrong? Would I format this like a typical work, or just shut off the monitor with nothing to see as I type my life out to the world? Time will tell. Tell me what you think?  I am a paid published author, via a public art project I was involved with. I’ve some new work to offer up for you to see, however I still need to photograph those, maybe today; but probably not. I do think there will be time in this upcoming week. In the meantime, some not quite ready for prime time viewing, but I am showing them nonetheless. One is addition and subtraction, the other is a tortured canvas. I don’t think in the poor quality photo of the tortured canvas you can see the hole in it; but it is there. I it is a reminder of the hole in my heart that is probably going to remain. As always, I wish you love and joy.
#art #artist #abstract #writing #author

Art: tierza (perhaps unfinished)
Music: Simon and Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence

“please exist, i’d appreciate it”

Working in the studio with ambient music was oh so soothing today. Giving a huge shout-out to Knytt Underground for the mood.
This piece of art will go into the “Once in a blue moon” series in progress. As always love and joy wished for you.please exist, i'd appreciate it.
Art: tierza – “Please exist, I’d appreciate it. #art #underground #ambient #abstract
Music: Knytt Underground