HER-story:

With words and images, I am telling my story. Through art, through sculpture, I am remembering HERstory...
CASIMIRA

Monday, February 28

casimira: rain kisses & song

"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby."
- Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Sunday, February 27

poetry by Edda M. Sevilla


Dame la dulzura de tus labios
El calor de tu cuerpo
El placer de tus manos
El milagro de tu amor
Llename de ti y así los dos revalsaremos de pasión.

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Tu eres mi cielo siempre rodeandome de amor.
Tu eres mi sol siempre dandome calor.
Tu eres mi luna siempre mi luz en la oscuridad
Yo te prometo ser lo mismo y crear para los dos un paraíso hasta la eternidad.

- Edda M. Sevilla (b. 1949)

Saturday, February 26

casimira: from my journals

My pen is speckled with golden dust...waves of sunlight.  My heart is full of gratitude.  I am joyful and rejoice...I am enough!

Friday, February 25

casimira: dreams

dreaming with blue angels...soñando con ángeles azules

Thursday, February 24

casimira: open the window

"The graceful movements come from a pearl

somewhere on the ocean floor.


Poems reach up like spindrift and the edge

of driftwood along the beach, wanting!


They derive from a slow and powerful root

that we can't see.


Stop the words now.


Open the window in the centre of your chest,

and let the spirits fly in and out."


-RUMI

Wednesday, February 23

casimira: dream journal excerpt



...dressed in a gown of coral draped with pearls and diamonds, she sat on her throne in the balcony of the great Parisian palace...

excerpt from Dream Journal, August 16th 2006, inspiration for sculpture and short story in progress

originally published in March 2007

Tuesday, February 22

casimira: from my journals

siento tu silencio

en cada rincón de mi cuerpo

busco tu riza
y no la encuentro

I feel your silence in every corner of my body, I search for your laughter and do not find it

Monday, February 21

casimira: today


"This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.  First to let go of life.  Finally, to take a step without feet." - RUMI

a day of reading, painting and writing...

Sunday, February 20

casimira: sunset

This morning I painted with watercolors and discovered I painted the sunset...

“To praise the sun is to praise your own eyes.” - RUMI

Friday, February 18

casimira: luna

what do you thirst for?

take in tonight's full moon and tell her your dreams

"Thirst drove me down to the water where I drank the moon's reflection." - RUMI

Thursday, February 17

casimira: authenticity

"My aim: never copy.  Create a new style, light, brilliant colours, and sense the elegance in your models."
- Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980)

It is one thing is to be influenced by other artists, designers.

It is quite another thing to copy.

To copy is to have no shame and no self-worth, worse yet – no voice.

How can you be proud of yourself if you copy?

Authenticity matters to me.

Wednesday, February 16

casimira: a tree

"I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree."

-Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886 - 1918)

Tuesday, February 15

casimira: art is air

el rey azteca se vistió de mis sueños

cantó de cristales y piedras con sedas y palabras

el arte es aire

...art is air...

exceprt from a short story

Monday, February 14

casimira: Picasso


excerpt from a series of writings featuring Pablo Picasso; the stories always come to me through Spanish dreams


un día de sol
Palo de Limón
se enamoro de Rosa Linda

con sus espinas ella le saco el jugo
con sus perfumes lo hipnotizó

después de mucho tiempo
con un poco de azúcar negra prestada
el finalmente la conquisto

una noche de luna
vestido de Toro-Cura
Picasso los caso con pluma, oro y luz

de esta unión
nació Pez-con-Alas-de-Mariposa

tu crees en estas cosas?
son maravillosas...son milagrosas



one sunny day
Lemon Tree
fell in love with Rosa Linda

and her thorns began to squeeze his juices dry
while her perfumes hypnotized him

after some time
with a bit of borrowed brown sugar
he finally won her over

on a moonlit night
dressed as Bull-Priest
Picasso married them with feather, gold and light

from this union
Fish-with-Butterfly-Wings was born

do you believe in such things?
marvelous and miraculous things...

originally published in 2007

Sunday, February 13

casimira: embrace the entire world


"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand."

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


how do we limit ourselves?

let us embrace the entire world...

Saturday, February 12

casimira: RUMI

Rumi whispered a sweet song to me early this morning:


"The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.

Don't go back to sleep.

You must ask for what you really want.

Don't go back to sleep."

Friday, February 11

casimira: fairy




ribbons in her hair

a flower tucked behind an ear

rubber bands as bracelets

mother’s pearls - what pleasure

a crown of paper and a feather

oh nymph - oh fairy princess !

Thursday, February 10

casimira: awake

universe breathed


LIFE


wind whispered


CHANGE


spirit signaled


FREEDOM


I sense it all...I am awake...

Wednesday, February 9

casimira: mujer


te pinto mi alma

en acuarelas de sueños


te cuento mis secretos

en murmullos celestes


te invento de recuerdos

en las paginas de mi ser


soy esa niña hecha mujer

Tuesday, February 8

casimira: song of my soul

my 2-year-old's art
life is made up of many little choices

each moment

every breath

offers a choice

little by little

I recognize nature’s melody

the song of my soul

today, I choose happiness...again and again


originally published in January 2007

Monday, February 7

Sunday, February 6

casimira: gypsy

mi ojo
soy guerrera de otros siglos

soy reina desde antes

soy gitana bailando

soy esa que grita su verdad en silencio

soy mujer

Friday, February 4

casimira: Tio Alberto

contemplating the ephemeral, fragile beauty of life...the sacred cycle of birth, death and rebirth...

remembering beloved Tio Alberto

Thursday, February 3

casimira: peace through smiles

"If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace." - Thich Nhat Hanh

smile today and blossom

life is too short to carry around low energies that weigh us down

just smile

feel the sunshine on your face

breathe in the moment

Wednesday, February 2

casimira: moon to sun

I am goddess of pearl
born daughter of moonlight and stardust

he who seeks me
finds me not

until I say – my way
I need neither sun nor gold

and I never do as I am told
should you see him today

tell him you gazed upon me
making a wish in his name...

excerpt from a short story written many suns ago

Tuesday, February 1

casimira: love the whole world

Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child.
- Buddha (563-483 B.C.)