Have You Heard of This Artist?


Brenda Smoak has a wonderful blog called “Artists Tell Their Stories.”

This week the blog featured an artist called Carol Wiebe. I am quite close to her.

In fact, I am her. (Someone had to take the position. I quite like it.)




Everywhere she turned, she heard music. It took some time before she realized that it was coming from her. She was the source.

She had always known it was buried deep within her. Sometimes it almost surfaced, got loud enough so that she actually began to hear words along with the melody. Lyrics–they must be lyrics; part of a song, a story. A lyrical story. And she wanted, no she needed to hear it.

Perhaps she needed to sing it, but how could she, if the words were not clear?

She felt as if she was a bell just learning how to ring. Ring with a capital R. Add the word Right, to that. Didn’t she have the right to hear the music inside of her?

Why else would it be there, if not for her to hear?

Too Serious and Funny At the Same Time

Other clowns know how serious we truly are under the funny face makeup.

I have often been told I think too hard and am too serious.

But I love to laugh and enjoy making others laugh. You might say I have always been somewhat of a clown, and other clowns know how serious we truly are under the funny face makeup.

Well, here is a caricature I made (from a selfie) that encapsulates those two parts of my nature.

It is a seriously funny look at a very serious expression. Flattering? Hardly. But funny? Absolutely.

I figure that if I can post this, I can post just about anything.


You Think You Know Who You Are

Identity can be a slippery thing.

By Carol Wiebe
Artwork by Carol Wiebe aka CAWeStruck

Identity can be a slippery thing. You think you know who you are until you do something that feels out of character. That can throw you into a tailspin, a total state of confusion.

Accepting that our personalities are too complex to be fixed or “written in stone” can relieve identity anxiety and offer a greater freedom to just go with the flow of life.

Shapeshifting requires the ability to transcend your attachments, in particular your ego attachments to identity and who you are. If you can get over your attachment to labeling yourself and your cherishing of your identity, you can be virtually anybody. You can slip in and out of different shells, even different animal forms or deity forms.
~ Zeena Schreck

I find I am constantly being encouraged to pluck out some one aspect of myself and present this as the meaningful whole, eclipsing or denying the other parts of self. ~Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

I Don’t Know Which Is Bigger

Carolyn Hall Young demonstrates that when life throws you limitations, you can still “Live Life Large.”

Purple Heart ~ by Carol Wiebe

I am fairly new to the world of art using iPad apps, but I was very soon drawn to the work and spirit of this woman: Carolyn Hall Young.

I don’t know which is bigger, her talent or her heart.

This Vimeo video is one where Carolyn shares her approach to life and art. She “gifts” people with digital portraits that delight and uplift both the receivers of those portraits, and those of us who witness the responses.

Carolyn Hall Young manages to circumvent imposed limitations and live life large.

When we put down ideas of what life should be like, we are free to wholeheartedly say yes to our life as it is.- Tara Brach


Blessed and Cursed


Blessed and Cursed~digital art by Carol Wiebe aka CAWeStruck
Blessed and Cursed~digital art by Carol Wiebe aka CAWeStruck 

An artist is blessed and cursed with vision.

Blessed, because she has the ability to make it visible.

Cursed, because that does not guarantee anyone will be open to that vision.

But whether or not she has an “audience,” an artist must say what is in her to say.

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”  ~ Audre Lorde