Contributors to Mindful Design

All of the work (and believe me, it is work) presented here is the property of the individual artists. All of their rights are reserved. So, no lifting without permission. Contact information can probably be found on the contributors' pages. If not, check with me to contact anyone whose work you wish to use: libramoon42@mindspring.com

Rosa Seyah

is an artist, writer, and seeker, interested in the merging of all religions and all science into ONE spirituality, believing that the body is aligned with Mother Earth, while the spirit is aligned with the universe. For more information, you can catch up with Rosa at http://www.somethingtosay.gather.com/

Jerry Wennstrom

PO 522 Clinton, Whidbey Island, WA 98236


Artist, author Jerry Wennstrom was born in New York on January 13, 1950. He attended Rockland Community College and the State University of New Paltz. After producing a large body of work, at age 29 he set out to discover the rock-bottom truth of his life. For years he questioned the limits of his creative life as a studio painter. After destroying all of his art and giving away everything he owned, Jerry began a life of unconditional trust, allowing life to provide all that was needed. He lived this way for 15 years. In 1998 he moved to Washington State, where he eventually married Marilyn Strong and produced a large new body of art. Marilyn and Jerry’s charming Whidbey Island home is now filled with his unique interactive sculptures and paintings. Jerry also built a 40-foot meditation tower on his property, which is featured along with his story in a book by Laura Chester called Holy Personal.

Jerry Wennstrom’s unusual story is told in his book, The Inspired Heart: An Artist’s Journey of Transformation (foreword by Thomas Moore) published by Sentient Publications, in Holy Personal by Laura Chester and in the Parabola Magazine documentary film, In the Hands of Alchemy: The Art and Life of Jerry Wennstrom. There is also a new Sentient Publications DVD with the same name, which includes a second feature film called Studio Dialogue. Studio Dialogue is a presentation Jerry did before a live audience with music by Susan McKeown, sung by Marilyn Strong. Jerry travels with his wife Marilyn Strong internationally lecturing, teaching, showing the films and presenting their work. He writes a monthly column called "Between the Lines" for Inferential Focus, a New York City consulting firm (“Think Tank.”)

Jerry Wennstrom has presented at the Birmingham Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the EMP (Experience Music Project,) Glen Arbor Art Association, the Old Firehouse Art Center, Other Side Arts, UCS-NAROPA (Wisdom University,) the Vancouver Public Library, Western New Mexico University, California Institute of the Arts and NYU. He has also done over 50 radio, TV and magazine interviews and art features.

His web site is
http://www.handsofalchemy.com/ or http://www.jerrywennstrom.com/

Laurie Corzett/libramoon

is seeking clarity, wisdom, and ecstatic union with visions and art. She is always moving into new (or resurrected) projects, including Emerging Visions, visionary art ezine; Seers and Seekers Yahoo Group; The Healing Dance Network Yahoo Group; Visionary Arts and Minds Tribe; anthologies of her writings; a leisurely emerging novel working title: Something Sacred; as well as her Flash Utopian Fiction Project: series of flash fiction pieces around a federation of diverse villages each working out their methods of community life -- little dramatic impacts illustrating creative solutions to social problems (temporily shelved due to lack of collaborators).

check out my book: Words from the Sky:
where you can also find
libramoon's observatory (blog)

Joel Moore

I am a self-taught, visionary surrealist painter (for lack of a better definition). I believe that reality is a cultural consensus, that people perceive the world through the "filter" of their society. This conditioned perception of reality, along with the tendency to grow less observant of the world around us as we become adults, dulls our awareness. Our concept of an object profoundly affects the way we see it. Often, we are seeing our concept of the object more than we are actually looking at the object itself. When someone is unfamiliar wih something, they examine it more carefully than they do when they have a preconceived notion of what it is. I like to take images that seem familiar and render them unfamiliar, allowing the viewer to see them as if for the first time. I agree with Magritte that an artist's work should "evoke a sense of mystery" and feel that the best advice ever given to an artist was director Sergei Diaghilev's command to Jean Cocteau "Astonish Me."

I was born in a small town in Oklahoma. I began painting in oils around the age of twelve and produced a considerable body of work before graduating from high school in 1968. Although I attended O.S.U. as an art major for several years, I never enrolled in painting classes so I don't consider myself to be formally trained as a painter. I have continued to paint throughout my life and have had work in juried shows in various cities over the years, including Los Angeles, New York and a museum show in Brooklyn.

I am currently in the process of making my paintings available as Giclee prints on paper and on canvas, mounted on a wooden stretcher. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions about my work or about availability of paintings and prints.



Amanda Sage

My Art is a language, in which I converse with spirit, the world, myself and the people around me. Subliminal, whispering or screaming, it is a guide if I allow it to be. It is my teacher as it patiently waits for me to listen… it is a journey that is endless, one that will help lead me to the awakening of my full potential.
I was born April 19, 1978 in Colorado to my fabulous parents You & Jackson. I have been blessed with the support of my family and extended family to pursue that which I felt was most important. Starting in 1996 my travels & projects bounced me between Bali, Indonesia and Vienna, Austria. I studied for 1,5yrs with Michael Fuchs, and was a painting assistant to Ernst Fuchs for 6 yrs. Michael taught me to ‘see’ the world around me thru the brush and Old Master techniques in painting. Ernst Fuchs helped guide me to ‘listen’, which opened up other ways of ‘seeing’ as well. I have been blessed with a beautiful Studio in Vienna’s Culture House ‘WUK’, this has provided me with community, space and time to discover my own visions, share questions and absorb information.
My dreams are vast and grand, reaching around the globe, and further, to touch, share and inspire as many creatures as possible to awaken to their inherent right to be creators of their lives and the world around them/us.
That we become aware of the necessity of community, of our connectedness, that we globalize thru the appreciation of our differences and the sharing of our personal expressions.

By following the line of the brush, I am dedicated to the vastness of the Imagination – on a Quest to discover new and grand territories, with the path ahead full of wonderful & amazing surprises!



Aloas Kino

I'm a woman, been born several times, and celebrate Summer while others enjoy Winter.
My email address:

David Jones

was born in Wheatcroft, KY, in 1955. He is a product of the turbulent 50’s and 60’s in the rural southern United States. After the death of his parents he relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana where he lived with his sister and was introduced to poetry during his high school years. Also at this time, he began the first of many sexual and interpersonal relationships with white women. In that regard, he believes that everyone wants what they are not supposed to have. His work is sometimes angry, sad and poignant, but always true to his life experiences. He has been featured at many open mics and has competed in regional and national poetry slams. He has been a featured reader at the Seattle erotic art festival for the last 3 years. He is a single father of a 20 year old son and a 14 year old daughter. He has worked many different jobs in the manufacturing sector. He currently works as an electroplater in the defense and aerospace industry. His poetry is an attempt to chronicle the life of a working black man in modern day America. It explores the darker side of life, sex, interpersonal relationships and race. It is reminiscent of writers like Mumia Abu Jamal and Bell Hooks. He performs regularly with a dinner theater troupe called Little Red Studio here in Seattle, WA (http://www.littleredstudioseattle.com/) where he reads poetry and writes pieces for other performers and skits. He is a generative artist, that is to say, all of his works are original. He now lives in Covington, WA with his girlfriend, her son, his son, two dogs and a cat.

David Lee Jones
16214 S.E. 256th Pl.
Covington, WA. 98042


phone: 253-277-2516

and if people want to see my work, they could come see me perform at the little red studio (

Maureen Sexton

is a freelance writer, poet, editor, photographer, artist and event organiser in Perth WA. She has a BA degree in Writing, which she completed at Edith Cowan University, with some of her studies undertaken at Murdoch University and Flinders University. She is currently the HaikuOz WA Regional Representative. She was a co-founder of WA Poets Inc, the annual WA Spring Poetry Festival, Creative Connections Art and Poetry exhibitions, and Walking on Water readings. Her poetry and haiku have been widely published internationally and nationally. She has also had success in national poetry competitions, and many of her short stories, articles and reviews have also been published. She was the WA state co-ordinator for National Poetry Week in 2006 and 2007. No website yet, but soon … Email: sajwriter06@yahoo.com.au.

Kala Snowflower

I'm very excited to have finished my latest book of poems, Snakebite, and currently am planning an e format release of it. A new book of devotional poems is in the works, so far entitled, Adore. In addition to keeping the flow of poetry alive year after wheel of the year, I am now taking my studies of herbal medicine to the next level by growing herbs and preparing my own medicines. Last year I received my third Reiki attunement; and I recently began teaching classes in Reiki and passing attunements. I am enjoying this work immensely and learning so much in the process. My work as a healer and my work as a poet flow from the same source. I am grateful to be able to continue and deepen my understanding of life and love through my Art and artful living. You can reach me at kalaalak@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you about my poetry, the healing arts,or to share in awe over the Beauty of this sweet Earth.

Robert Forman

Forman refers to these works as “thread paintings,” for although they are not made with pigment, they often assimilate the appearance of oil paintings. At times the work is deftly realistic—as in his depiction of light streaming into the window of a frame shop, or the view of a darkened train tunnel—but others are composed with such a dense interplay of imagery that they appear entirely abstract, that is, until they are examined more carefully. Each work in this latter style is preceded by a series of “cartoons” (a Renaissance term that applies to preparatory drawings made the same size as the final image, from which the artist works directly). It is here that Forman’s approach is most effectively revealed, for these cartoons—executed on the surface of large sheets of paper—are used as templates, transferring images that are composed of layer-upon-layer of different, though always related, subjects, so that the final product is a compressed visual amalgam of the individual cartoon images. The only historical precedent that comes to mind are the transparencies of Francis Picabia, although the technique Forman utilizes causes his pictures to take on an entirely different appearance.

Indeed, for years, Forman was under the impression that his use of thread was unique, that is, until walking through Greenwich Village one afternoon he chanced upon an object made entirely with yarn imbedded into wax. Inquiring further, he learned that there were other pieces like it, and that they were made by the Huichol Indians of northern Mexico. In the early 1990s, Forman received a Fulbright Fellowship to travel to their villages in the Sierra Madre Mountains, where he discovered that yarn painting was a highly developed folk tradition among the native people there. He has since maintained close ties with the Huichol, many of whom have accepted him as a kindred spirit. Almost immediately, their rich culture and complex belief systems (they use peyote in ritualistic ceremonies to achieve ecstatic states when communicating with their gods) found their way into the visual vocabulary of Forman’s work, enriching it, few would argue, in dramatically new and exciting ways.


Jude Cowell

Lifelong artist, Jude Cowell, currently works primarily in oil and watercolor pencil on paper. This Georgia native's drawings may be viewed online at Cosmic Persona Designs Art Gallery, and at Dreamyfish Art, where postcards and limited edition prints are available upon request. Cosmic Persona Designs is a collection of archetypal feminine images, cosmic-visionary art (some from an earlier series, Children's World), children's art, and more. An astrological influence is apparent, for Jude has been a serious astrology novice for 10 years, and is writer and publisher of the Political Astrology blog, Stars Over Washington. Dreamyfish Art is a gallery of Saturn's realism--botanically-drawn tropical fish portraits--blended with Neptune's watery, illusory qualities--a combination which neatly describes the artist's natal Sun Capricorn-Moon Pisces personality. Fish dream, too, and here you may have a sneak peek into their most favorite and secret dream locations undersea at Dreamyfish Art. Several moons ago, Jude was an art student at Atlanta School of Art (now College of Art) on Peachtree Street, and even now you may detect a Fashion Illustration, Layout, and Design influence in her work, especially in the Cosmic Persona Designs collection. You never know what might show up at Cosmic Persona, but you are cordially invited to stop by when you can...and remember that fish dream, too!
For queries, to offer feedback, or for ordering details, email artist at:
cosmicpersonadesigns@earthlink.net or dreamyfishart@earthlink.net

Wishing Peace, Love, and Art to All,
Jude Cowell
http://cosmicpersonadesigns.blogspot.com/ , http://dreamyfishart.blogspot.com/ , http://secretmoonart.blogspot.com/ , http://judecowell.blog.com/ ,
http://limslimericks.blogspot.com/ , and http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/


Born 1953, Liverpool. Have worked as a librarian, peanut butter processor, dishwasher and dogsbody in too many hotels to mention. Also an artist - have contributed many black and white third world studies to numerous journals globally, often affiliated with Ananda Marga Yoga society for whom I've done voluntary work in S.E. Asia, including mural painting and work in various social projects. Also worked as a volunteer at a large orphanage in Thailand. Currently making and hand-painting jewelry/ craft boxes displaying fairies, dragons, Winnie the Pooh. Working off and on at a few appalling fantasy novels. Occasionally make dolls houses, castles and rocking horses... A regular contributor to a number of poetry websites.


I am a visionary artist.
My work is inspired by visions received during shamanic ceremonies with ayahuasca.
I invite you to take a look into the magical world of ayahuasca through my paintings.

See more on my website:

Gregory Lent

i am back in india... am making collages of the bo tree with buddha sitting under them... and enjoying...

Javier Yoacham

Stevon Lucero

In human psychology and in contemporary art, there is an area between the purely abstract and the purely realistic. This is the area in which Denver artist Stevon Lucero maneuvers, exploring the edges of his subconscious mind where thought begins to intrude on the real world. Out of images seen in dreams, visions and separate reality experiences, Lucero creates powerful painted metaphors. His paintings are neither reflections of the visible world as in realism, nor depictions of the subconscious as in surrealism. Lucero's unique visualizations are somewhere in between – so he calls his work Metarealism. The psychological border area is the source of his creativity. The reality within is more intriguing than the external reality. Internal images become paintings when they have a powerful effect on Lucero. They also become messages that have something to say to all audiences. In his paintings, Lucero is always synthesizing what his introspective vision produces, gleaning forms, themes, and ideas that portray the similarities that unite humanity psychologically, not the differences that divide it perceptually.

Stevon Lucero can be contacted at:
or email: stevon@stevonlucero.com

Duncan Long

Doing illustrations for books and magazines, Long created the cover for HarperCollins’ Digital Art for the 21st Century. This cover for the 21st Century was singled out in the “Editor's Choice” column of Locus Magazine as a “handsome cover.”

Long’s cover art appears on publications by HarperCollins, PS Publishing, iBooks, Pocket Books, Delirium Books, Ballistic Media, Swimming Kangaroo, and others as well as in his 70-plus technical books.

Talk-show host Victor Thorn named Long as one of the three “best graphic artists in the entire world.”

See more of Long's artwork online at:

David Harrington

I currently reside in Portland, Oregon with my wife Dawn and two sons. I have lived here for nearly twenty years now, but am originally from the East Coast.

The pieces here are from my collection of short, spiritually-charged allegories written over a twenty year period. These stories are rich with symbolism and strong characterization, but are both figurative and literal.

Several of my spiritual poems have recently been published in other online journals. They are as follows:

1) "Tiny Seed" - Esoteric Quarterly, Summer 2007 edition
2) "Golden Harp" - the-journals.org/harrington/harp.htm
3) "Flashback" - Mystic Living Today, August 2007 issue
4) "Great Mother" - Autumn Leaves, upcoming Sept. issue


Carl Linkhart

http://home.earthlink.net/~carllinkhart/index.html Here's
my web site of dream paintings; many have text about the dreams they
are based on. And my email:

Robert Michael Cerello

was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, and presently divides time between San Diego, CA, USA and Europe. He is an Objectivist philosopher and author. He graduated from Sayville High School, Pomona College, Laverne University's Teacher's program and holds an MA from the University of Virginia and an ESL certificate from S.D.S.U. He has written plays, novels, short stories, songs, screenplays, criticism, non-fiction, verse and poetry for forty years. He aspires to be a scientist of the arts and is well-known as a lecturer, actor, singer and teacher.

Brandon Smith

I see a portrait whenever my eyes are open and my spirit is alive: not a flat, stiff, frozen image, but a living breathing aliveness. A lake, a mountain, a tree, a flower, a kitty cat, even people, all have spirit, all breathe, all deserve just a bit more than a snapped shot.

My photographic images are my way of writing with light, drawing the portraits of the life, spirit, beauty and truth who so often sit calmly waiting for us to notice them.

My desire to write with light started when I was nine years old, when I stepped off a plane in Djakarta, Indonesia in 1956, just after the dry season's normal 3pm rain. The sky was an intense blue, the sun bright clear and close, and the surrounding forest was an intense green, and everywhere I looked I saw diamonds glittering. The diamonds were the raindrops glistening in those few moments of life before evaporation would take them away. It was the most intense visual experience I've ever had, but it's only recently that I've connected it with my attempts at photographic art.


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