Binny was a sweet Irish horse whose owners, the Leahy family kept on the property to graze in the meadow and keep good company. Binny had a curious nature and greeted me almost every morning as I stepped outside with coffee and hopefully a apple in hand. The slow yet deliberate rhythms of those Irish mornings is something that will stay with me forever. 


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Is the frame an old drum?
-- J Fatima Martins, 2/28/18

what remains


“Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.” 

~Mitch Albom


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“The story was gradually taking shape. It ruined a story to have it all come out quickly. The good story lay in half-told things which must be filled in out of the hearer's own experience.” 

~John Steinbeck


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When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"

~Howard Ikemoto

(Thanks Hans Heilman for this reminder)


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“Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” 

~John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men


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there could monsters in there ...
-- J Fatima Martins, 2/26/18



“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”

~Ernest Hemingway - A Moveable Feast


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-- J Fatima Martins, 2/25/18

speaking and hearing


Most people, including myself are afraid of public speaking but last nights audience of artist, art lovers and friends made it easy! The Cambridge Art Association hosted myself, Becki Davis and David Magdalenski to present our art and speak of our process with feedback from the audience. The evening could not have gone better! The artful and sometimes controversial topics discussed were insightful and I learned a lot.  Infinite gratitude to my fellow artist and the CAA! 

 I look forward to the next feedback forum!


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“We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about.”

~Joseph Campbell

Very excited that this photograph and one other will be in the "Long distance Relationship" Exhibit at the Attleboro Arts Museum.

“A Long-Distance Relationship: The 26.2 Mile Journey” juried group show
Attleboro Arts Museum
Dates: April 10th – May 5th, 2018
Opening Reception:   Tuesday, April 10, 7-9pm


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“Creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration, without interruptions. It needs the whole sky to fly in, and no eye watching until it comes to that certainty which it aspires to, but does not necessarily have at once. Privacy, then. A place apart - to pace, to chew pencils, to scribble and erase and scribble again.
But just as often, if not more often, the interruption comes not from another but from the self itself, or some other self within the self, that whistles an
d pounds upon the door panels and tosses itself, splashing, into the pond of meditation. And what does it have to say? That you must phone the dentist, that you are out of mustard, that your uncle Stanley’s birthday is two weeks hence. You react, of course. Then you return to your work, only to find that the imps of idea have fled back into the mist.”

~Mary Oliver


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“Understand me. 
I’m not like an ordinary world. 
I have my madness,
I live in another dimension
And I do not have time for things 
that have no soul.”

~Charles Bukowski 


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Won’t you join the conversation?


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“We is good that we are would hurt us...were we awake.”

~Emily Dickinson


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“For it would seem - her case proved it - that we write, not with the fingers, but with the whole person. The nerve which controls the pen winds itself about every fibre of our being, threads the heart, pierces the liver.” 

~Virginia Woolf 


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at that age


"And it was at that age . . . poetry arrived
in search of me. I don't know, I don't know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don't know how or when,
no, they were not voices, they were not
words, not silence,
but from a street it called me,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among raging fires
or returning alone,
there it was, without a face,
and it touched me."

~Pablo Neruda


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Once upon a time in Seattle…“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.” 

~Martha Graham


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“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.”

~Pema Chodron


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“There is a primal reassurance in being touched, in knowing that someone else, someone close to you, wants to be touching you. There is a bone-deep security that goes with the brush of a human hand, a silent, reflex-level affirmation that someone is near, that someone cares.”

~Jim Butcher


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goddess forbids #1


“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” 

~James Baldwin


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“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

~J.R.R. Tolkien

Elinor Speirs interacts beautifully with the beautiful work of Christopher B. Gill, Painter Artist from Somerville, MA in the gorgeous space of Galatea Fine Art Gallery in SOWA Boston.


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“It makes a difference, doesn't it, whether we fence ourselves in, or whether we are fenced out by the barriers of others?” 

~E.M. Forster, A Room with a View


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Often the audience is listens to its memories, not to the band.


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“They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of being, the voice of perpetual becoming.” 
~Herman Hesse


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“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” 

~Mark Twain


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“It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.” 

~George Harrison


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