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Sunday Monday prompt : Tear=noun & Tear=verb May.1.2014.

Thank you Darlene Sperber for your prompt for fun day Monday prompt number six fun with words :

tear as a noun and tear as a verb.

This is an excerpt from one of my prints it’s a detail and it is of  painted ‘ tears’.

Callahan will you ‘tear ‘a detail from the print?  O.K., this detail is torn from the print.

Patterns of moonlight shifted, and in a circle of silver something shimmered

Wood Panel. Mixed Media. 2013.


Thanks to: 

for: #5 Funday Monday blog prompt–

Natural Creative Instincts: An Earth Day Creative Celebration. This week we celebrate Earth Day! How does the natural world influence or inform your creative process?

Nature and my surroundings have always been a source of both literal material and visual  images for my work. In this painting, one gets a sense of being in the night, the moonlight, experiencing the shimmer and the image of the leaf, an actual leaf  embedded in resin. I found this one years ago and love its beauty, even in decay.

I am aware of another kind of decay, our Mother Earth, is showing signs of the abuse we have done to our planet. Its been going on for far too many years, and  is catching up with us. Many of us have been concerned, but there was this sense that any significant negative consequences would be hundreds of years in the future. How grossly untrue, the crisis is now and the window of opportunity to change our course is shrinking.  When I say our course, yes, I mean each choice we make individually, but more impact and the greatest damage has been done by big business and governments who enable these corporations.  I urge you to watch this series : Years of Living Dangerously to experience for yourself the magnitude of this issue and also the measures we can take to turn it around. (*9 part-Series available on ShowTime and youtube).

In my view we have progressed so quickly with our ability to achieve greatly with technology and other advances, but we have not progressed in terms of integrating our hearts with our minds. We would not be at this juncture if that were not so.  Recently at Morehouse college I was honored to hear Karen Armstrong TED talk  award winner, speak on Compassion, a compassionate way of living that links us to each other, a compassionate way that crosses cultural boundaries. Karen found compassion to be the unifying principle in all religions. In my view this is the most powerful, authentic way of being that can turn this potential catastrophe around,  a crisis transformed to opportunity.

L O V E 2.u. my artist collegues + bloggers * Callahan McDonough. Day.15.Blogathon

To my dear friend and art colleague Ruth Schowalter. You are one of a kind, a  sweetheart, passionate blogger, artist, life adventurer. Lucky to have you in my life and in our community.

 I am so glad you are who you are dearest Ruth, not brief and yet so very eloquent. Thank you so much for ‘sparking’ me forward to March with you and all the artists who joined in C4 ATL blogathon. Great experience. While I doubt I’d ever blog daily I do think I may now blog weekly, which is a discipline I’ve wanted to develop for a long while.
I have indeed had a sense of connection with each one of you and only wish I had the time and energy to go around to each blog and comment. The times I did have to do so made me feel stimulated, intrigued aware of what neat artists there are in our community. I was struck each day by the variety of approaches/solutions each artist came up with and how each was just right in its own way.
I do have a renewed interested in blogging and realize that when there are artists and individuals who actually read some of my blogs I feel more connected to them and my work as well.
A mega big THANKS to C4 Atlanta, I have joined your ranks as a member (also thanks to ms.Ruth) and am very impressed by all you are contributing to our art community.
Being a child of the 60’s I do believe in Love being the most potent, the real-est real Force in the Universe. I wish you each a lifetime of receiving and giving Love.  I pray for us and our planet PEACE.

They conspired to paint the air

They conspired to paint the air

knowing that art

is not only a way

of seeing

but a way

of being,

a passion for the light,

a tenderness at heart

just short

of being wounded by the air,

a toughness too,


They consipred to paint the air,

leaving their mark,

an obsessed life,

infinitely rich,

infinitely ripe,

tasting of peaches

and anemones,

red tile,

voile peignoirs

and air,

inhabited air.


poetry:    Erica Yong,   Becoming Light

painting:      Callahan McDonough, Patterns of Moonlight Shifted,  2013.     Wood panel, mixed media 3’x4′.


Dreams of ‘HER’ she is there for me 24/7 what a gal.


Artists Blogathon Day 11. C4 Atlanta

Tools, resources & people.

1. What gaps do you have?

Technology & Photo Shop

2. Classes am I (not) dying to take?

Technology & Photo Shop

3. What resources do you feel are essential to the growth of your enterepreneurial pratice?

Technology & Photo Shop

4. If you had a super power what would it be?

Instant brilliance of the highest calibre mastery of Technology & Photo Shop, wave a of a wand. Shazzzam.

5. If you could work with anyone who would it be?

A team of tech geeks at my 24 hour disposal.

I am actually not bad on a computer, I can build a WordPress website, or a Wix website. I can do limited editing of photos (of course I have a mess in terms of organziation on my computer, especailly my photos of my art and need massive help organizing and then being able to get to my photos).   I’d  love to be fluent and be able to know all the quick tips, the ways to work effectively in photo shop, and all aspects of my computer, have a support tech team  that I can call when computer stuff isn’t working.

Maybe one like ‘Her’ she was terrific.

O.k. thats it for me tonight art buddies. Hitting a real life as opposed to virtual wall,  apres  long productive day working.







Down the yellow brick road – day 10




C4 Atlanta blogathon Day 10

Today’s prompt is all about risks, the ones I might take, the ones I’ve taken, the ones that worked, and ones that did not.

I’ve been pretty lucky; took risks and lept into the unknown, even when it was unclear if  it would ‘work out’ . However things went, the results were more opportunities, some hard knocks and more to learn. And  leap again.  About 30 years ago I started a floorcloth business, Ruby Slippers Studio, to address ‘making a living’, ‘making consistent money’ from a craft that embodied my sensibility as an artist but is a ‘decorative’ and ‘utilitarian’ product.  I have indeed made many sales and commissions, but not enough to have a steady stream of income. So yes, it has worked out, in that I have developed my designs and craft and have some results, but no, it has not work out to garner that magical artists’ steady stream of income. I am a very entrepreneurial person, so perhaps the next risk  should be to market them even more agressively.

Taking a risk is like being Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. You just need something to stir you up (like a tornado), a bit of  power (like smashing the Wicked Witch & suddenly being the owner of a pair of Ruby Slippers). Then you need a community, some magic( like all the folks in Oz, even the Wizard, OR like an art community hmmm like C4 ATL perhaps)?  Finally you need companions for the journey who will help you remember your heart, your brains and your courage, and yes the guardian, (which is what ToTo means in Sanskrit).

 The way I see it, we are all on the yellow brick road and to be on the yellow brick road, to take a step, move forward is bravely, boldly taking a risk.

C4 community: ideas you have for marketing are most welcomed.  Lovely to be on and adventure with fellow artists of heart, courage, and intelligence.



Still as a Hummingbird – Day 9. 2014.

 Oh ! She said the Light is just right

As she stroked canvas, paint, marks flew

Time was still as a hummingbird




photo: Jim DeLucca


March.9.2014. day : C4 Atlanta Blogathon

Art – Red Sea – Blue Sea




adjectives  1.being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.”the situation was unique in modern politics”

  1. synonyms:


    singlesolelone, unrepeated,unrepeatablesolitaryexclusiverare,uncommonunusualsui generisinformalone-off, one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime, one-shot“each site is unique


  2. ART can only be of service to the market if it is outside the market.  Otherwise the market dictates the art, art functions outside of  systems. Art functions non-competitively within the culture of the artist and her experience.

  3. C4 Atlanta Blogathon – Day.8.Feb.2014.

Callahan’s Photo Friday – digital scribbles- Day 7 C4 Atlanta

open back low back wedding dresses Have made it to day 7 blogging, a record for me ! TGIF & Photos Fridays 🙂

Mega thanks C4Atlanta


The Still Point of the Turning World……March 6.2014.


“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither  from nor toward; at the still point, there the dance is,

But neither  arrest nor movement.  And do not call it fixity,

Where past and future are gathered. Neither Movement

from nor towards,

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,

There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”


Burnt Norton


Who supports your daily life?

I am  so very  grateful for the support in my life, friends, family and community. All are profound gifts of Love and contribute to my ability to create.

What supports my daily life?

Something from deep inside that has always been there, a part of me, that quests, wonders, is amazed at times, scared at times, in awe at times,in delight.  As time goes on, I experience all of that fully; the feelings, the thoughts the sorting it all out.

Then, ultimately, there is the sublime still point of the turning world.


The is-ness of my studio

Day 5 artists blogathon ignited by : C4 Atlanta March.5.2014.

The prompt today is crafted by Gina Thompson

What gives you satisfaction in the studio?

Just being in the studio is always a bit like stepping out of time for me, time both stands still and is brilliantly focused/present when I am fully engaged in making an art work. It often means struggling with resolving a problem; it’sbvisual and conceptual at the same time, then it feels like a kind of delicous puzzle.

What are you currently exploring there?

Currently I have been doing a review of my past art works,  a process that seems to occur about once a year for me. It involves seeing what there is to learn from past work, to carry over, just ‘take stock’ of my visual markings.   Also I’ve been working on a collaborative piece with a writer in Seattle : Ronna Dettrick, I actually met her through the web and was attracted to her blog because the heading read, Renegade conversations, Feminism and Faith.  Being a feminist and also having a sense of my own Sprituality her words spoke to me. She put a call out for an artist to work with her. The project we are now collaborating on stems from Ronna’s  writing. The theme is to  depict 30 women from ancient texts/scripture whom are then re-envisioned  through a Feminists viewpont, the result,  empowering to women,  a contemporary version of Spiritual mythology for Women.  I have now done 5 of those paintings from which I create giclee prints (available : ). It has been an engaging and growthful experience for me, and I really love working with Ronna, she is one of kind, brilliant and geniune.

What is the wish list for your work?

I would eventually like to have a seperate building of about 1,000 sq ft at ground level with lots of windows.  I’d also like to find representation/gallery  for my paintings that supports exposure and also sustains me economically.  It is important to me that my work ‘get out’ and hopefully have meaning to others.

What studio goals would allow for ecstasy?

Having increasing time, un-interupted, to do my work and more community with other artists. Lastly to continue to experience my craft/talent maturing and growing.

My still life in my studio at Georgia State University ca.1970

Reflections on past work: Egle’ 1973

Painting of Egle' My Studio at Georgia State University

Egle’ 1973 5.50′ x 6.50′ canvas & acrylic


This is one of my favorite pieces and is a painting of my dear friend and art colleague Egle’ Gatins. This period of painting for me was rich with subject matter that symbolized my love for color and patterns and also dolls. There were  many layers of depth and meaning including for me symbolism representing the feminine .  Egle’ is even painted as if she were a giant doll. And in fact  I did use a life size maniquin in my still lifes as model, one I  rescued from the garbage, (a practice one the nursing students at Grady Hospital used). I was primarily influenced by the  French painter Vuillard, a contemporary of Bonard and Matisse.  The series of paintings that I produced after this one just poured out of me, and I worked on this series for a couple of years. This work was some of my favorite; it was powerful, and flowed so easily. Recently I have been pulling out drawings from this time and feel an urge to integrate elements of this work into my current artwork.


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