A Change of Seasons

A Change of Seasons

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Season is defined by change….especially on the cusp in between seasons…I feel that transition most when autumn arrives…It’s as if I go to bed one evening and the air is warm and thick with summer only to wake up the next morning with a chill in the air that is thin and crisp and full of the sounds of the waking hours …The light is more luminous as the sun begins to travel lower in the sky which lends to compelling shapes and shadows to stare at and wonder how to render that….
Change is good. I love change..Travel to new places…rearrange the furniture or if that’s impossible at least arrange a new tabletop display…or in my case rotate the many paintings I have in my inventory…the side benefit of being an artist…a never ending supply of wall decor…
Autumn is my favorite season….My birthday is in the fall and my mental calendar starts in the fall. The year starts at the end of September for me…I have to believe that is a leftover memory /feeling from childhood as I anxiously awaited the start of the new school year. Yes, I was one of those kids who loved school…
So tell me…what’s your favorite season and why?
Would love to hear from you…..

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Sunset to Moonrise

Sunset to Moonrise

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This composition I have tackled before….It used to be a sunset entitled
“Settling Down”
I recently treated myself to a new set of Terry Ludwig’s pastel set of 14 luscious violets. So I thought I would rework a piece using a different palette. Now the moon rises….and I have named it Moonlit Sonata….Ironically, right now I am plugging away learning Beethoven”s Moonlit Sonata on the piano. For me, living artistically is the key to my happiness. Whether playing classical piano or rendering beauty in the landscape with pastels, or dancing ballet….I am in my creative element and that brings me joy. What brings you joy? I would love to hear about it….

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My Favorite Place

My Favorite Place

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Do you have a favorite place? Perhaps there are more than one. How lucky one is to find a spot that inspires and rejuvenates. A place that brings renewal and peace.
We all know the state of affairs in the world. Well, the very young are spared the drama.
Oh to be that young again….. As my young adult son claims, “Growing up is hard.”
I agree. I’ve done my time in the trenches of life. Now I am so lucky to be on the other side of that growth and struggle. Now, I find myself in growth without the struggle.
Sure aging has it’s challenges, and I am lucky to have good health, but I am talking about feeling like one has a place in the world….a sense of belonging.
It took me well into my fourth decade of life to have that sense of belonging…and it began when I started a family of my own. So to my young adult son I say…”Thank you for anchoring my life and giving it purpose…don’t worry , it will all be ok…you have a place always..in my heart.”

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New Brighton Beach

New Brighton Beach

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Investing in art materials is just that , an investment Living in beautiful Santa Cruz California calls for painting outdoors. So I invested in the product most plein air pastelists buy ….a fancy Heilman pastel box The fun part is loading the box with my personal selection of favorite sticks. I then created my “art bag”…hat, paper, gloves, towels, apron , support to put paper on , etc. For days now, I have been driving by this spot on a cliff overlooking the beach nearest my home and imagining setting up there and painting. This painting is the result of that dream. My first outing with my plein air set up.

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Revisiting an Older Piece of Work

Revisiting an Older Piece of Work

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Preparing for an upcoming Open Studio , I am building my original art inventory . Referring to previous original works I have completed, I am reinventing the image . Using a larger piece of high quality archival sanded paper by Pastelmat
( 15.5″ x 12″), I am finding this a most rewarding practice. Improving upon already existing work builds skills and most of all confidence. It helps me to see the pastel marks that I made on the previous piece versus working from a photo. It’s a more direct instructional experience for me. To reproduce a piece of art relieves me of the interpretation needed to paint from a photo. To practice what one has already accomplished with a measurable bit of success is confidence building. As an artist , half of the challenge is having such confidence. Confidence to even claim my place in the world as a creative person…an artist … to me that takes some moxie, some gumption, some confidence!

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Off Season

Off Season

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Summer greens can get a bit monotonous….Why not paint the colors of autumn in summer? Or the springtime lovelies…. exercising my artistic license….off season.

I prefer off season for most things but mostly for travel. The magic of winter in Yosemite coupled with the absence of the throngs of people make for a desirable winter getaway. Venice in the winter, I hear, is also very magical…so why not paint off season? How about a paint/ travel adventure in the off season?? I’m packing my bags and my pastels!!

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