Bon Voyage!

Bon Voyage!

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Tomorrow I leave for a grand European vacation with my family. New adventure awaits …. more memories to be made. Our fabulous family of four has traveled together several times….Hawaii, Belize, Washington D.C., Paris, Australia, Alaska….to name a few.

Travel allows me to put my life on hold… to peak into another dimension of life …. to appreciate the grand glorious world we inhabit…to ultimately return home with a renewed gratitude…I will return with oodles of inspiration for future works of art! I plan to sketch and watercolor during my travels creating a journal of colorful visual entries…. trying a new medium will add to the newness of everything. Stepping out of my comfort zone is what I love to do. Curiosity is what motivates me to create….what better way to achieve that than to travel!

The above piece is the last pastel for awhile….it is a larger version of a small tree study I did awhile ago…..Hang onto that vibrant color ! It’ll be back!
~À bientôt~

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Working Bigger than Usual

Working Bigger than Usual

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Working this size takes planning. It’s a practice I am actively practicing!! Planning… In composition, I plan where I want my viewer’s eye to go…from point A to point B and perhaps other places along the way. In value, I plan where the sun is in my composition and appropriate shadows…execute highlights… it’s a win win combination….planning.

In my mind, in my daily life, I am planning…when I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom I sleepily think about what the next day’s plans are…. however, am I present?
When I paint, I am most present than at any other time in my everyday. We are born innocent with only our moment to moment experience …. as we grow out of that innocence and join the rest of humanity in this thing we call life, each moment becomes everything but that very moment…then , for some of us, we notice all the planning….all the noise in our heads and if we’re willing, we find a way out of that noise and into the present moment.

For me, it is the creation of beauty when I paint. Tell me what brings you to the present moment and out of planning.?

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Inventing the Landscape..A Series of Small Works

Inventing the Landscape..A Series of Small Works

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This series of small works are all pastels 4 x 8 matted and framed under glass using clip frames.
A handsome addition to any small space.
All are available @ $30.00 each. Please contact the artist directly for purchase.

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Capturing the Light

Capturing the Light

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This is a work in progress… Trying to continue to capture the light and define the shadow meanwhile enjoying the friendship these three buddies are sharing….or perhaps they are simply tolerating each other’s presence all the while knowing they are in competition for the next morsel of food…
not too different from the human species….no?…. could we evolve beyond competition? could we embrace each individual as equally worthy? not being one to be a pessimist…I regret to say that I don’t see that happening in my lifetime…. the best one can do is
be the change you want to see….

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A Good Day at the Easel

A Good Day at the Easel

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Sometimes paintings paint themselves…today was one of those days…I didn’t struggle…my feet didn’t ache from standing too long…my coffee stayed warm until the end….it just flowed….I am so grateful.

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