Monday, January 26, 2009

Brave new Worlds

Photo copyright 2009. Pleasant photography

I have returned to Austin

I was questioning how much of  art is a reflection of the artist.

When I shift
the painting shifts with me.

I have decided to expand my edges
   braving new personal terrains.

I have committed to self expansion. Testing my own boundries. 

I had waited long enough. 

This place of waiting: You can spend an entire lifetime there...
with a buddy named "excuses" disguised as "reasons" why we
put our true desires on hold. 
3 weeks ago... I started:

 *Weekly Aerial Dance Classes (on silks)

*Weekly African Dance Classes

*Weekly Contact Improv Classes and Jams

*along with renewing my 4-5x a week ashtanga+anusara yoga practice

It has been the most humbling experience. 

I've laughed, I've cried. I've had my pride handed to me with a smile.

I see my weaknesses..they are many and they are not pretty. 

I see how much strength I need to develop. 

I see that I am just beginning. 

..and if..even if... I make an inch of progress each week...I knowing I am growing. 

This expansion is emerging in my new art...

I hope I can trust the process as much as I am learning to trust myself. 

Things that Matter

"our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter"
--MLK, Jr. 

Just the Beginning...

Photo Copyright 2009. Charles Maridor. Paris.

I came back from Paris 3 weeks ago soaked with inspiration. truly open. truly ignited.

I am pulling my energy from a deeper place...
My creativity from  a different source...
My actions from a new motivation...

Many new ideas, paintings and workshops have blossomed.

I have formed a 
new collective for Performing Arts in Public Spaces.

More photos and information will be coming soon...along with a new website. 

(Modern/Tribal Dance, Improv, Contact Improv, 
Acrobatic Yoga, Aerial Dance, etc...)
We'll bring art and performance to the public with an interactive twist. 

We'll bring art to the masses and 

interject creativity and possibility into peoples' daily lives.

Please email me if you wish to "perform", be involved 
or would like to show up and witness the magic/madness.


My Heart has become a Poet

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems--rilke

Friday, January 23, 2009

I am so truly grateful for the shift that occurs.
Truly Truly Truly

Thursday, January 22, 2009


"At times I sense that the painting wants to paint itself and all I
have to do is allow myself to be guided."

Norberto Clemente

Maranda Pleasant Gallery.

photos below are Copyrighted. 2008. Bernard Brown

The Gallery is Gearing up for a Big Spring.

We are welcoming SXSW, opening 3 new exhibitions and hosting 5 benefits.

We Welcome the Deaf School of Austin, The Girls School of Austin Fundraiser and benefit, The city of Austin "Art from the Streets", Animal Rescue benefit, and a benefit featuring Art from children in Combat visiting from the Congo.

I will also be attending Art week in New York this Spring to collaborate with 2 Chelsea curators for the upcoming July show featuring Visionary Art and Raw Vision Magazine.

You are invited to join our mailing list:

Friday, January 16, 2009

Falls Away

I want to know what sustains you,
from the inside,
when all else falls away.

--Photo copyright Pleasant Photography. 2009. Paris

Maranda Pleasant Gallery. 2235 E. 6th. Austin. Texas

To Live

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I have not lived.”

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Vision

"Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone."
-The Dhammapada

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

Paris with Snow.

There was a nasty snowball fight today near the louvre. I mean nasty. Almost an international incident.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Paris 2009

All photos copyright 2009 Charles Maridor