That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger (A journey into perspective)

"That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger"
(AKA "A Journey Into Perspective"

8 x 10 in • oil on panel • ©2015 tsark

Blackbird Reflection III

Blackbird Reflection III
18 x 24 inches • charcoal on paper • tsark


Begin Construction

Begin Construction
18 x 24 inches • graphite on paper • tsark



Pino's Sardines

Pino's Sardines
6 inch round • oil on plate • ©2015 tsark


Fancy Fig Pear Salad for Lunch

A Fancy Fig Pear Salad (with walnuts) for Today's Lunch
• 10 in. round • oil on glass plate • ©2015 tsark


Garlie's Famous Grilled Veggie Sammie

Garlie's Famous Grilled Veggie Sammie6" round • oil on plate • ©2015 tsark

BeesCanSaveUs & Pajamas At Daylight, Mr. Schiele

The Bees Can Save Us• 6 x 4 inches • oil on panel • ©2015 tsark

Pajamas At Daylight, Mr. Schiele• 3 x 2 inches • oil on plaster • ©2015 tsark


Bark On The Hill

Bark on the Hilldigital photo •©2015 tsark


• 10 x 8 • oil on panel • ©2015 tsark

Stirring The Pot

Stirring The Pot • 18 x 24 in. • oil on paper• ©tsark

Diner Coffee • 2x2 in. • oil on paper • ©2015 tsark


Walk In The Forest Redux 2015

Walk in the Forest Redux  • 10x10in • oil on paper • tsark

10 Things to keep in Mind When Loving a Highly Creative Person (Repost Justin Gammill)

10 Things to keep in Mind When Loving a Highly Creative Person

By : Justin Gammill, (Posted On 08 Jul 2015)
It has been proven that highly creative people’s brains work quite differently than other brains. That special brain wiring that can create such wonderful art, music, and writing can often lead to strain in a relationship, because of those differences. If you’ve ever loved a highly creative person, you know that it can seem like they live in their own little world at times, and that thought isn’t far from the truth. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are in love with a highly creative person:
1. Their Minds Don’t Slow Down
The highly creative mind is one that is running at full speed all the time. Although it can be a source of crazy, spontaneous fun – it can also be a burden. Highly creative people rarely keep normal sleep cycles, and are often prone to bouncing from one task to another throughout the day. It can be exhausting to try to keep up.
2. They are Cyclical
The flow of creativity is a cycle, full of highs and lows. Some people may consider this “manic” behavior, but in reality, it is just how the creative process works. Keep this in mind as your partner goes through these natural ebbs and flows. The low periods aren’t permanent.
3. They Need Time Alone
Creative minds need air to breathe. Whether it is their own little work space or an escape to somewhere quiet, they need a time and place to be alone with their thoughts. Some people are inclined to think that if nothing is being said that there is something wrong, but with creative people that is not the case. They are just working within their own head.
4. They are Intensely Focused
When a creative person is on task, they are fiercely intense. The change from being scatter-brained to hyper-focused can be difficult to deal with, so just understand that it is how their brains work. Don’t get frustrated.
5. Emotions Run Deeper
Creative people feel everything on a deeper level. What doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, can be crushing to them. It’s that same passion that goes into whatever they create that drives them to love you, so understand that with the good – comes the bad.
6. They Speak in Stories
Creative people often express themselves in experiences, instead of just saying what they want to say. It is a way of sharing themselves that personifies who they are. At times, it can be difficult to figure out what a creative person is saying, so don’t be afraid to read between the lines.
7. They Battle with Themselves
Being creative can be a serious internal struggle. Motivation, enthusiasm, direction, and drive can all be issues for creative people. Some days it is hard for them just to get out of bed, and other days you can’t get them to slow down. Be patient in the lulls, because there is usually a burst of activity right around the corner.
8. Intuition is Important
Creative people, because of their intense emotional tendencies, tend to rely on intuition over logic. They go with their gut. Some people consider this to be more on the “impulsive” end of the spectrum. The creative mind doesn’t rely on logic to make a decision, it relies on experience and passion.
9. They Struggle with Confidence
When people create, especially for a living, they are always struggling with acceptance. That is art. They have to wear their hearts on their sleeves, and so they always question whether or not what they are producing is good enough. Being supportive is the key to loving a creative person.
10. Growing Up is Hard to Do 
Creative people are almost always children at heart. That care-free nature can seem immature and impetuous – but it is all part of the deal. Understand that the aspects of their creative brains that you love are the same ones that make them somewhat irresponsible when it comes to being an adult.

[I can relate to all except #10. Beyond responsible, possibly too much so. :)]


Shrimp Curry and Mussels (WIP?)

Shrimp Curry and Mussels (WIP?)
11" round • oil on plate • ©2015 tsark

Prose: HomePlaceLand 2015jul12

Tami Sloan Tsark – 7/12/15


She is Shelter for hearts lost.
She is Glass for ceilings no longer constraining her gender.
She is a Door that closes to painful intruders.
She is a Window that opens to new ideas.

She is a Structure, built to shield the hearts from the bullets of their past.
She is Shelter.


He is a desert, dry and flat.
He is a mountain, tough and majestic.
He is an ocean, vast and wide.
He is a jungle, wild and chaotic.
He is a lake, calm and serene.
He is a street, crowded and frenetic.
He is a stoop, inviting and open.
He receives and welcomes:
He is the shore. 

They are a land, haunted by their pasts.
They are a land, struggling for peace.
They are a land, looking for new horizons.
They harvest a crop, hoping to feed the future.


Raven, Waiting for Flight

Raven, Waiting for Flight
18 x 24 in. • oil on paper • ©2015 tsark


Stir Fry Parmesan Over Rice

Stir Fry Parmesan Over Rice 
11" round • oil on plate • ©2015 tsark


Cobbled Blackberry Goo

Cobbled Blackberry Goo
9.5 x 9.5 in. • oil on panel • ©2015tsark