“Every artist writes his own autobiography.”

“Every artist writes his own autobiography.” -Havelock Ellis

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~Ana

 

“Imagination is the eye of the soul.”

“Imagination is the eye of the soul.”
-Joseph Joubert

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~Ana

“Chat with a Dead Man” – Excerpt From the Short Story by Ana Livingston

“His name was Guido. I‘d been enjoying a crisp, spring morning at my favorite outdoor cafe in the Montepuliano outskirts when he arrived. By “arrived” I mean one moment I was alone, and the next I wasn’t. I’d stolen a quick moment to study him as he settled on a stool across from me and estimated his age to be about 55; he soon confirmed that fact.

“Well,” he said, “At least I had been…right before my death.” And so the tale of his ending begins with a chat over the too dark and much too rich morning coffee I shouldn’t have been drinking.

“It’s funny how when one conducts their life responsibly for a short period of time they feel they deserve to be rewarded with the very thing that should be avoided like the plague. As my personal testament to that fact, when I was cheerfully dressing that morning my internal dialog went something like this…”

<stay tuned for the next installment!>

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Beautiful Montepulciano, Italy. Opening for the short story by Ana Livingston titled “Chat With a Dead Man”.

Excerpt: Copyright © 2015 by Ana Livingston. All rights reserved.

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Sending Warm Thoughts to My Northern Friends

I am originally from the islands in the Pacific Northwest and from there moved up into the mountains (I am adventurous that way). I lived on a plot of land that bordered the National Forest. The air was fresh, our creek’s water was pure glacial run-off, and there were firs and pines as far as the eye could see. Idyllic.

north-cascades-national-forest-ana-livingston-fine-artistAfter a wonderful first summer and beautiful fall, winter struck on the first of November. I found myself buried under snow for the next six months of my life. One quickly learns at a point such as this that you have a choice: do or die.

Needless to say I got very adept with a snow shovel (and later a snow blower) but even those tools didn’t do much in handling the constant physical (and mental) strain that arises from trying to carry on with even the simplest of daily activities.

I now reside on the Suncoast of Florida, but that does not mean I don’t have compassion and an understanding of what you folks up north are enduring. We are thinking of you down here and hope it ends very shortly.

From me to you, here’s a little something to warm your day:

dunedin-edgewater-clearwater-florida-ana-livingston-photography-copyrightedChin up!

Love,

Ana

To My Friends and Loved Ones on Valentine’s Day – from Ana Livingston

Today I hope we all take an extra moment and let the people we care about know how truly important they are to us; how they brighten our days and enrich our lives; how they make this journey called life so very worthwhile.

valentine's-day-ana-livingston-fine-artist-and-muralist-poet-writer-designer I’m wishing you all a wonderful day of love, admiration and respect as each of you are important to me. 🙂

Love,

Ana

Introducing www.AnaLivingstonFineArtist.com

Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in. I hope you’ve all been well and happy. 🙂

I’ve been a busy girl and one little project I just completed was creating a new website – www.analivingstonfineartist.com – for lil ol’ moi. I hope you can take a moment, browse and send me your feedback. I would appreciate it!

New website of Ana Livingston Fine Artist & Muralist

http://www.analivingstonfineartist.com – New website of Ana Livingston Fine Artist

We’ll be talking more soonhere’s to each and every one of you having a wonderful weekend! (BIG wink to NFL fans).

~Ana

On My Birthday this September 27th…

…I will be happily maintaining the style and decorum for which I’m known…

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Enjoying life to the very last crumb.

Happy Birthday to me. 🙂

~Ana

“The Grandness That Is You” by Ana Livingston

What is the value of a woman
Filled with the wonder of you?

holding-hands-true-love-ana-livingston-fine-artist-tampa-bayOne who loves you despite all
Who never sees shortcomings
Just the grandness that is you?

~Ana

Copyright © 2009 Ana Livingston. All rights reserved.

“I See Life” by Ana Livingston

Many see nothing ahead but a menacing storm.

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What do you see?

I see a gentle road through dappled hills of green; a chance to fuse myself with the swirling clouds above; to catch the sweet scent of grass and trees.

I welcome the strong, cooling winds, the torrential rain about to fall, the lightning that will enliven me. Such serendipity to be here at just the right moment.

I don’t see danger ahead. I see life.

~Ana

Copyright © 2009 Ana Livingston. All rights reserved.

A Walk Down Memory Lane: 1943 Group Photo from MGM

This is a promotional photo of many of the actors under contract with MGM at the time of the studio’s 20th birthday party:

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Recognize anyone?

1st Row: James Stewart, Margaret Sullivan, Lucille Ball, Hedy Lamarr, Katharine Hepburn, Louis B. Mayer, Greer Garson, Irene Dunne, Susan Peters, Ginny Simms, Lionel Barrymore.

2nd Row: Harry James, Brian Donlevy, Red Skelton, Mickey Rooney, William Powell, Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Taylor, Pierre Aumont, Lewis Stone, Gene Kelly, Jackie Jenkins.

3rd Row: Tommy Dorsey, George Murphy, Jean Rogers, James Craig, Donna Reed, Van Johnson, Fay Bainter, Marsha Hunt, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, Robert Benchley.

4th Row: Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Keenan Wynn, Diana Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Esther Williams, Ann Richards, Marta Linden, Lee Bowman, Richard Carlson, Mary Astor.

5th Row: Blanche Ring, Sara Haden, Fay Holden, Bert Lahr, Frances Gifford, June Allyson, Richard Whorf, Frances Rafferty, Spring Byington, Connie Gilchrist, Gladys Cooper.

6th Row: Ben Blue, Chill Wills, Keye Luke, Barry Nelson, Desi Arnaz, Henry O’Neill, Bob Crosby, Rags Ragland.

Hope this brought back some great memories.

~Ana

Another View of Clearwater Beach, Florida

This is from my sunset stroll in the Old Clearwater Bay area this evening: Clearwater Beach, which just recently was voted “Florida’s Best Beach Town 2013” by USA Today.

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Looking west from the mainland city of Clearwater out to Clearwater Beach, Florida

That’s what’s new in my world.

Hope everyone’s week got off to a calm start…

~Ana

To New Beginnings…from Ana

To new beginnings…

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My very best to all my friends in the coming year.  Let’s make those dreams come true.

Love,
Ana

Happy Holidays from Ana Livingston

Tis the season, my friends.  I am wishing you the very best in the coming year.

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Just walked through my dining room and this was waiting for me. Happy Holidays.

~Ana

“A Small Reminder” – Poem by Ana Livingston

He’ll feel no sorrow
As I turn and leave,
Except for losing
A small reminder
Of someone else.

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“A Small Reminder”. Poem by Ana Livingston. Copyright © 2009. All Rights Reserved

~Ana

An Affair to Remember: My Blackberry Smartphone

After years of faithfulness in a definite love/hate relationship with the now third successor of my Blackberry Sometimes-Smartphone, I took the very determined step and bought what has become the new un-Apple of my eye: The Samsung Galaxy Note II.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II: 5.5″ HD screen (1,280 x 720). Nothing but love.

Suffice it to say, I will no longer have to endure inconsistent cell coverage (I live right on the Gulf) and the consequential frustration.  But much more importantly I’ll be able to keep in much better contact with all my friends worldwide.

Speaking of which, I need to head over and see what trouble Stephen‘s getting into today… 😉

Adiós for now.

~Ana

Backyard Bougainvillea: A Flower Within a Flower

I took a few moments this morning to idle away in my sun-filled backyard.  Amazing what you can discover with just a turn of your head.

Bougainvillea thriving in my backyard.

Bougainvillea thriving in my backyard.

~Ana

“Michelangelo” – A Poem by Ana Livingston

Here is my published poem entitled “Michelangelo”. It has been printed in multiple publications:

"Michelangelo" by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

“Michelangelo” by Fine Artist, Ana Livingston

Additionally, I have read this piece at poetry exhibitions as well as being a featured poet on the Suncoast’s own WTAN, Tan Talk Radio, here in Florida.  I recited from memory on all occasions.

Poet Ana Livingston reciting her published poem "Michelangelo" to a crowd of poetry lovers.

Poet Ana Livingston reciting her published poem “Michelangelo” to a crowd of poetry lovers at an outdoor poetry exhibition in Clearwater, FL.

~Ana

Standing in the Rain – by Ana Livingston

Sometimes I miss being a child.  The innocence.  The grandeur of the world.

Standing in the Rain. Ana Livingston, Writer, Poet.

But maybe I can just change my mind.

~Ana

“The Most Powerful Force”

“The most powerful force on earth is the human soul on fire.” -unknown

~Ana

“Shadows” – A Poem by Ana Livingston

I can’t turn
or escape from
these shadows
that are me.

“Shadows”, a poem by fine artist and poet, Ana Livingston.

~Ana

Copyright © 2011 by Ana Livingston. All Rights Reserved.

“On the Road” by Jack Kerouac (Excerpt)

 “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!'”

-Jack Kerouac

From the novel “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, American Novelist and Poet. Copyright © 1957

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~Ana

Author Ross King’s “Leonardo and The Last Supper”

I have tremendous admiration for the stellar figures of the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci being one of the most prominent.  The book “Leonardo and The Last Supper” (author, Ross King) was recently recommended to me as an intriguing look into the man and his life.  It’s on my list of “to-reads”.

Leonardo da Vinci’s famous wall mural “The Last Supper” situated in Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

~Ana

Mariah June’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

I am so ridiculously proud of my daughter, Mariah June.

Mariah June: Actress, Vocalist, Photographer and Screenwriter, and on her way to mastering the Culinary Arts. Photograph courtesy of Mariah June

She’s a true Renaissance woman and has added the culinary arts to her long list of artistic skills:

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo.

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Mariah June’s Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. Photograph courtesy of Mariah June.

Bon Appétit!

~Ana

“The Meaning of Success” – by Ralph Fiennes

“The people I consider successful are so because of how they handle their responsibilities to other people, how they approach the future, people who have a full sense of the value of their life and what they want to do with it.

“I call people successful not because they have money or their business is doing well but because, as human beings, they have a fully developed sense of being alive and engaged in a lifetime task of collaboration with other human beings — their mothers and fathers, their family, their friends, their loved ones, the friends who are dying, the friends who are being born.

“Success.. is all about being able to extend love to people… not in a big, capital letter sense but in the everyday. Little by little, task by task, gesture by gesture, word by word.”

-Actor, Ralph Fiennes

“We Are One” – a Poem by Ana Livingston

Quiet fulfillment
Caresses me now
Silently, gently,
We are one.

“We Are One” – a poem by Artist, Ana Livingston

Copyright © 2011 by Ana Livingston. All Rights Reserved.

“My Fragile Stream of Love” – A Poem by Ana Livingston

I claw at self-made walls,
For decades they’ve stood firm
My fragile stream of love
Now seeks its way, unearned.

“My Fragile Stream of Love”. A poem by Ana Livingston

Copyright © 2011 by Ana Livingston. All Rights Reserved.

This Really Cuts to the Heart of the Matter…

“Love is not only something you feel. It’s something you do.”
~David Wilkerson

~Ana

She wasn’t doing a thing, that I could see…

What a wondrous statement…

Quote by J.D. Salinger

~Ana

On My Birthday by Ana Livingston

I’m hoping today that maybe I’ll be remembered for having done a little more than just having lived; for having loved; for having helped; for having brought my own special light into the world; for having made a difference.

~Ana