Thanks for visiting purelysubjective! This blog is an ever evolving experiment in learning, creating, and sharing.


My name is Jourdie, and I was, until recently, a painter and pastry cook living in Southern California. Now I’m in France, living and studying Dharma, what the Buddha taught, at Dhagpo Kagyu Ling, a public center in the Dordogne that offers courses in Tibetan Buddhism and mindfulness. I also recently completed a semester of study in India at The Karmapa International Buddhist Institute.

Through it all, I do my best to continue exploring the world through art, food, and mindfulness. I write this blog to share my work and experiences with the world outside my kitchen, art studio, and meditation hall. As my life and practice are evolving, this has become a space to muse, explore, and connect with others.

I hope you find something that piques your curiosity or sticks in your mind. I’m always thrilled if you join the conversation, and I’m happy you’re here no matter what.

If you have something to share, please do leave a comment! You can also direct questions and inquiries about art to jourdieross@gmail.com. To find out more about my fine art work, check out my website www.jourdieross.com. Cheers and welcome!

35 thoughts on “About/Contact

  1. Work out how to be an artist within yourself first, how to be an artist in this world later 😉

    I really like your banner. Would look good as a canvass on my wall 🙂

    keep up your great work!

    keep on smiling 🙂


    • Thank you very much! Apologies for being confusing. I do tend to like pretty, sometimes obscure words. I hope you’ll consider it an opportunity to expand your knowledge of the language; good luck and thanks for reading!

      • Ah, nothing to apologize for. It’s me. I took up a few books like The Hunger Games and The Da Vinci Code but couldn’t understand much of it. 😦

      • Gotta start somewhere, though, right? Blog posts are nice because they’re short, so you can make sense of one thing at a time. But hey, if you keep at it, one day you’ll wake up and realize it’s easy. 🙂

  2. one thing I quote everywhere is of Buddha – ‘life is not a problem to solve, but a reality to experience’. You will find a Buddha entry in my blog as well. Though a Hindu by birth and practice (accepting all), Dhamapada had an impact in my life.
    Happy Enlightenment ! 🙂

    • Thank you, and thanks for the feedback. I’ve been thinking about how I can incorporate art more regularly into the story, but so far it remains a question. When the installation goes up in June, I’ll definitely post a bunch of art images and stories about that, but perhaps I can mix in more along the way too. Thanks again for your thoughts!

  3. I stumbled onto your blog. Glad I did. Very interesting ! Look forward to reading more…Cheers, Mom of Dragon Boy

  4. salut jourdie
    je ne vais pas écrire en anglais ce serait une catastrophe et comme tu lis le french, no problem !
    j’ai découvert tes vacances dans le sud de la France après ton départ de Dordogne et maintenant ton jardin ! super
    j’aime beaucoup ton blog et je découvre plein de merveilleux aspects de toi
    bonne continuation, belles créations et best wishes in your practice ! see you soon

    • Samten!

      Il me donne tellement de plaisir d’avoir un mot de toi. Merci pour les commentaires enthousiastes; je suis contente que tu l’aime bien.

      J’espère que l’été passe bien pour toi. J’ai entendu qu’il y avait du soleil en Dordogne…quel magie!

      À tout!


  5. Hello! I really enjoy reading your blog, so I’ve nominted you for a Versatile Blogger Award.


    If you choose to accept, here’s what you need to do:

    1. Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
    2. Announce your win with a post. Make sure to post a link back to me as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.
    3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
    4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
    5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.


    • Wow, I really appreciate that! I won’t be formally accepting, as I have a thing about chain letters and related phenomena, but it means so much to receive your support and encouragement.

    • Hi Liv!

      Apologies that it has taken me a while to respond. I really appreciate hearing from you and that you like my blog enough to nominate me for an award! While I’m really glad of the opportunity to connect and to discover your writing and the stories that you share, I’m not totally comfortable with blog awards. I think it is wonderful to be able to recognize and acknowledge the creators that we admire and make an effort to share them. On the other hand, blog awards tend to be a very general way to say, “I think this is great,” but often don’t make space for a deeper exploration or expression of our interests and preferences. I know I am limiting myself in some respects with this view, but it’s what feels natural to me, and I’ve got to go with my gut here. I’m not going to formally accept the award, but I thank you immensely for the kind acknowledgment and for taking the time to read what I post here. Thanks for sharing your own experiences as well. Good luck with your journey toward your teaching license! I look forward to reading along.

      All the best,

      • Thank you for your response Jourdie! I completely understand and see where you are coming from with the blog awards. Like you mentioned, It’s just a way to let other bloggers know you enjoy their blog. Thanks for reading and good luck with everything! I look forward to reading more from you 🙂

  6. Sitting, cooking, washing up, you took me there and returned me to here where winter still grips the air, and where the mind still plays its continual games. Bye for now, Kit, a fellow traveller.

    • Thanks Joan Mae.

      It’s always encouraging to hear that what I’m doing is beneficial for others in some way. I love my life and am very grateful to be doing what I’m doing, but I definitely hope it can have a positive impact that goes beyond me. It’s always nice to hear back from people who have that experience. 🙂

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