For the Love of a Lion

A remarkable video showing a lion hugging and nuzzling his trainer.

Who, after watching this, can claim that animals have no feelings? Impossible!!

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Before the Soup


Red onions, before the soup, cut up and making interesting patterns.  Nature is full of surprises that delight the eye: new patterns, textures, colors, spatial arrangements and formal relationships.  Opening our eyes to the wonderful variety of nature and all the miraculous order within diversity, is opening our hearts to the miracle of life.  Image and text c Lynda Lehmann.  All rights reserved.

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Stepping Through the Door: Perfection or Adventure?

The Yellow Door

For me, making art is an ongoing and infinite experience.  It’s a dynamic activity which I undertake for the joy of it.  One of the things I love about abstract painting is the freedom from imposed judgements of “right” and “wrong,” and the more so for taking a non-academic approach.   Since I revel in the the “doing,” without the constraints called for by realism, I ask only that the process remain for me both dynamic and full of mystery and discovery.  I do not strive for perfection.  Even nature will not conform in patterns that manifest as perfect; nature is inherently messy.  If nature were not divergent, biodiversity would not exist. To me, “perfection” implies stasis or an “end point,” as in the idea of a fixed and specific goal. To me, art is neither.  As I’ve stated, making art is a dynamic and joyous experience, a process of discovery in which passion is balanced with restraint, to create something that didn’t exist before. Take the discovery out of it, and you might as well be folding laundry!

Every work of art, whether it’s painting, writing, or music, can be taken in a thousand directions. So nothing can really be called “finished,” let alone “perfect.” Living is not absolute; neither is making art.

Music is an abstract language, yet it conveys emotion beautifully.  A gourmet meal satisfies without our needing to itemize the mix of flavors that went into creating it.  Only the chef has to worry about that!  A magnificent day brings joy without our analyzing the elements of sky color, temperature, air quality, surrounding flora and fauna, that make it feel so wonderful.   So why is it that so many people have a difficult time letting go of the literal to enjoy a work of abstract art, just for the freshness and beauty of the visual experience?

How do you experience your own creativity? Do you measure it against someone else’s pinnacle of achievement or finite definition of perfection?  Or do you look forward to stepping through the door into an adventure, and welcome the tentativeness and uncertainty of artistic exploration?

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Monkey Business – by Lynda Lehmann

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Monkey Business – c 2008 Lynda Lehmann
I’ve done several new paintings in the past week, hoping to have more work for my upcoming show. I had great fun with this one, and that’s probably somewhat obvious to you in looking at it. It’s 24 x 36 inches, painted in acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas. It’s very colorful and full of gesture and motion, but my eye is usually comfortable with chaotic compositions. This one is somewhat surreal and musical, with an organic feeling to it. I’m not quite sure whether the bottom right corner is finished. It’s seems a bit empty to me, as if it’s calling for a little more articulation of the detail there.
Another problem for me is that at times I prefer this as a vertical composition, and other times I prefer it on the horizontal. This is a mystery to me, as I usually have a strong preference one way or the other. How do you like it best?
I’ll try to post a few more of my new works before my show, and later on, photos of the Opening. Thanks for your input and support! I wish you a creative and fulfilling weekend!

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Peripheral Vision Exhibit – by Lynda Lehmann

“PERIPHERAL VISION,” a solo show of my abstract acrylic paintings, opens at the Alfred Van Loen Gallery at the South Huntington Library in South Huntington, NY, on February, 9, 2008, and will run through March 6. The Opening Reception is from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and the show will be curated by Deborah Katz.

Hoopla – 48″ x 60″

STATEMENT: My paintings are energetic, active if not frenetic, and complex. I feel they reflect the complexity and mutability of personal consciousness, as well as the impermanence of what we call “objective” reality. My work exhibits order within chaos, much as we experience a certain order within all the complexity and disorder of both civilization and the natural world.
In my paintings I prefer the ambiguity, freedom and musicality of abstraction. My work is as chaotic as waves breaking on a beach or a swelling cloudscape impinging on a changing horizon. Reality is relative, not fixed. What we call “reality” does not exist in any absolute sense, but only in increments of change. I see the nuances of my subjective reality not in subtle tones, but in patches of bright, swirling color. For me the act of painting is a dance; it connects me to elemental and primordial forces underpinning my life experience. Each time you view one of my paintings, you are likely to see something different, just as in the changing paradigms of the human condition.

Oceano – 40″ x 40″

Thanks for sharing this with me. I’ll try to take some photos at the show and post them! Since you most likely can’t come to the show, please visit to see more of my art!

Cosmos – 36″ x 30″


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How Art Empowers Us

Ancient History - c 2006 Lynda Lehmann

Like most people, I’m fascinated by questions about the nature of life and our place in the cosmos. As a human being, I feel all the ageless and timeless doubts of the human condition. But there’s one thing I know for certain: doing art lifts me above doubt and despair and gives me joy. Being involved in creative process has helped me to say “yes” to life. In my own creativity and in other’s, as well, I see glimpses of something wonderful. It’s what I like to think of as “the infinite potential of the universe.” It manifests in all of us, especially when we create.

For me, the activity of creating art is an affirmation of life. Experiencing “the grand mystery” gives us a feeling of joy, based on the miracle of form and the complex web of life on our planet.

Here’s a short article I wrote for my blog on Absolute Arts, that was later published at Creativity Portal and in India. It addresses the idea of how art gives us power over ourselves.


I think most of us would agree that producing art gives us power. I see it as a power over ourselves, as opposed to power over what is outside of ourselves. It is a personal power over our own energy, perception, and motivational systems. And perhaps more important, the making of art helps us transcend the need to achieve a social equilibrium (which in my opinion, is rarely possible anyway). Instead, we are involved in a process by which we may achieve a degree of harmony within ourselves, in relation to the universe. In the dynamic state of being committed to a creative process, we do not need to steal anyone’s energy, or let them steal energy from us.

The truth wears six billion faces, each with different life circumstances, a different life script, and a different mode of emotional being. For me, doing art takes me to a place from which I can accept all scripts and embrace the subjective and relative nature of truth. (This is not to imply that morality is relative, however, because murder and extortion are always wrong, no matter whose script dictates it.)

Because my own script, when involved in creative process, is so engaging to me, always varied and full of mystery, it teaches me both tolerance and hope. The bounty of creative options available to me, gives me confidence in the infinite potential of the universe, for hope, harmony, and healing. In short, it gives me joy.

I have heard it said that artists, in doing art, are participating in a God-like creation process, and indeed it is true. While we are by no means transmuted into gods by making art, we at least become his humble hand-maidens. We see glimpses of beauty and wonder in places where other people may fail to look, unearthing it at every turn. We see new relationships, both visual and metaphoric, sociological and scientific. It becomes easier for us to step back or undercut the tendency to power struggles, that so often consumes people. (The last thing we need in this weary world is more conflict, personal or generalized, to spew hatred around the globe!)

I have heard it said, also, that we artists make art in order to find love and to be loved. I think the apex of this is that in the tender connections we make to the universe, we find some degree of self-love. I think this is a balanced form of self-love that perceives the relative and tenuous nature of things, including the subjective nature of our own lives. Therefore, in my opinion, it is a mature self-love, not to be confused with narcissism. •

All text and images © 2006 Lynda Lehmann

Night Rhythms - c 2006 Lynda Lehmann

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With every moment of quiet gaze, nature’s mystery deepens.

Image and text c 2007 Lynda Lehmann.

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Like Butterflies


I love the way the light in this shot brings out the dimensions of these tiny, delicate flowers and the way they float like a petal-constellation (or butterflies) in space.   Text and image c Lynda Lehmann.

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Fish Fiesta 2


This is the second version of a digital painting I did a few months back, but it works well, I think, in these colors–better than the first version. I did it in Painter, but have not even watched the tutorial for this program yet. I think I’m having “Beginner’s Luck” because I do like some of the results I’ve gotten thus far. And I’ve had a lot of fun with it. Hopefully, by this time next year I will have found or made the time to learn something about the software.

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This rose seems to glow as if it holds the sun within it.  Image c Lynda Lehmann.  You can purchase this print matted at or framed at


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