Short So Longing

Short So Longing

Due to increasing lack of attention
we must compress ourselves.
Contemplation is now limited.
Please wait for each cell phone prompt…

(Prompt 1.0238)
Chant now into a telephone,
“Sigh, moan and long for something more.”
“Sigh, moan and long for something less.”
“Sigh, moan and long for something… more or less.”

(Prompt 2.7952)
Text now into a telephone,
“Sigh, moan and long for something more.”
“Sigh, moan and long for something less.”
“Sigh, moan and long for something… more or less.”

(Prompt 3.9248)
Tweet now into a telephone,
“Sigh, moan and long for something more.”
“Sigh, moan and long for something less.”
“Sigh, moan and long for something… more or less.”

(Prompt 4.5297)
Gaze now into a telephone,
“Sigh, moan and long for something more.”
“Sigh, moan and long for something less.”
“Sigh, moan and long for something… more or less.”

(Prompt 5.6279)
Thank you. Now please evaluate your response.
Thank you. Now please assess your state of mind.
Thank you. Your data has been collected.
Time’s up. This is your short so long.

Gregory Zeorlin 1/26/2015 11:15pm + 1/27/15 5:15am + 12/8/15 10:35am
Copyright 2015 by Gregory Zeorlin.
Poet’s Comments

This poem has a touch of angst. We spend enormous amounts of time texting and updating our on-line social media status. Once the day ends, what was accomplished? Not really sure. What are we looking for? Maybe we want to be manipulated by our own electronic devices? But here I am…a blogging, texting social media accessing artist/poet. What am I trying to connect?

Pole Dancing + Interior Design + Visual Art

Today’s blog title seems odd… It’s the result of an Instagram update about printing my fine art on objects of everyday use. I transferred an image of “Veil 519” (a piece from my “Veil Series” mixed media/digital media paintings and prints) to a throw pillow. I shared images of this design on Instagram. Next, a pole dancing instructor and an interior designer both liked the pillow designs.  This is why “Pole Dancing + Interior Design + Fine Art” became today’s blog post title. The Instagram responses confirm the unexpected ways fine art reaches out to inspire a diverse group of wonderful people all doing their own thing.  I love it.

Throw pillows from the Veil Series design project.

Throw pillows from the Veil Series design project.

I’m an artist trying to let others know what I do. There’s the risk my efforts will feel like an “infomercial” to some. But I need to use social media to introduce a wider community to my art and designs. So hello to those who discover my studio practice! I welcome your comments and questions. Please forward this blog post to your friends.

I’m using my fine art in ways that let more people see what I do. Art galleries and museums are valid places to view art. But it takes time to go to these traditional art spaces. I’ve exhibited for years and know such places also isolate art from the everyday lives of many people. My fine art brings beauty into our daily lives by letting people see art on things we use often. Please view my “Veil Series design project” at to see how familiar things (phone cases, scarves, skirts, etc.) change when associated with my fine art.

Art, Beauty and Function

If you follow this blog you know I’m a mixed media artist and prone to experimenting in the studio.  And you know I have a playful sense of curiosity.  All of this keeps me excited about working in a solo studio setting. If you’re unfamiliar with my studio practice please visit

I’m glad to introduce my “Veil Series Design Project.” I’m using my visual art to transform familiar products and apparel into things of beauty. I’m doing this to let others enjoy my art in their daily lives. I would not consider doing this design project if it belittled my visual art.  I love working as an artist and hope you sense when reading my blog posts and viewing what I share on Tumblr or Instagram.  So, hello to all who discover my blog and art!  Your comments and questions are welcome.

I’m showing you a few of my scarves and toss pillows from the “Veil Series Design Project.” All of the art from the “Veil Series” are visual meditations about how our bodies, minds and souls move about during our time on earth and beyond. (Yes…this is an esoteric comment about my artwork. But that’s what I thought about while making each piece). And this visual mediation continues with the products and apparel I selected to place my art on. I invite you to view the collection on my shop page at If you are going to buy gifts for the holidays, please at least give my designs your consideration.

Please share this post if you wish. Your good words to friends helps keep my small studio practice rolling!

Veil 519 scarf design. 55" x 55"

Veil 519 scarf design. 55″ x 55″

Veil 50 scarf. 55" x 55"

Veil 50 scarf design. 55″ x 55″

Throw pillows in various sizes.

Throw pillows in various sizes from the “Veil Series Design Project” by Gregory Zeorlin.

Veil Series (update)


I’m making a series of mixed and digital media painting and prints that I call the Veil Series. I updated my studio website with more images from the series. Please take a look. As always, comments and questions are welcome.

Good Messy Living

There are spots where I live which encourage conversations. The screened porch is one of those places. And even though I have not left home, the porch is a neutral zone where I can momentarily suspend some of the mundane domestic tasks which fill a day and night. I sit out there by myself, or with my wife, or with a few friends and let words take us somewhere that is not planned out. Or, I enjoy sitting in silence.

Most of us have over-planned days.  We do what must be done so we can eat, have a place to sleep, something to drive and pay taxes. If we kept life this simple, we wouldn’t succumb to well planned marketing that confounds our waking hours. (But some toys are great).  Our physical, mental and spiritual homes become crowded as we trip over various types of chaos. Some of you are better than me at disguising states of disorder but everyone makes a mess in life. There is always some spot that becomes undone or neglected.

My yard has places that are gradually going wild. A couple of lawn chairs placed by a fire pit in the fall manage to become props for wildflowers in the spring. Letting nature take its course can have unexpected rewards. While I could strive for a patch of deep green St. Augustine grass it would not compare to some rogue asters and other wildflowers coming to take over. So that spot in the yard goes untouched by the lawn mower until everything has gone to seed.

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Sometimes the seeds from such places generate weedy wordy blog posts like this one or poetry or even songs. And this is why it is good accept some disorder in everyday life.  Of course, taking this point of view to the extreme has few benefits. So I’ll take the middle unkempt ground…nothing’s perfect but life is good anyway.

Making A Beat

Thought I would toss this old post back into the wonderous web world…and let it pulse around a bit. Share this post if you wish…Give it some extra life. :)


Regardless of what artists create, at some point it’s just an inanimate object or concept.  Paintings, sculptures and photographs have no pulse, no breath…no real internal life. This also applies to poetry, music and film. A poem is a list of words. A song, a collection of notes. A movie is a series of stills. Of course dancers and singers could be momentary exceptions to the “heartless arts.” The movements in dance reveal the heart at work. And the heart is alive as the singer sings a song. But, once the singer’s voice is silent the song becomes a list of words and a collection of notes. At an analytic level, a dance or ballet becomes a series of planned moves. All of this might make you think I’m a cold artist. But, I’m not.

The “life” we often project into some form of art actually reflects our own. The…

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Veil 51

Veil 51. 2015. Mixed + digital media on paper. 11″ x 14″. Gregory Zeorlin

This piece seems like a good way to step into the first day of May 2015.  Spring-like in color. A little patch of spring green beneath the figure’s feet. But, what’s the black column doing imposing upon this soft happy moment?

Veil 51. Mixed + digital media on paper. 2015.

Veil 51. Mixed + digital media on paper. 2015.