It’s not easy to be creative when you are under a lot of stress, especially the uniquely complex stress connected with this virus. I sure know that. Our natural tendency is to worry about our health or the health of our loved ones. We worry about our jobs. We worry about the immediacies of food … More Finding peace by turning to my passion.
We could have never imagined the scenario that we are currently living through. The world is under siege from an unseen virus and from a rigor of our own self realizations that we are actually flawed and fragile creatures that survive only because we are part of a larger whole and overseen by a higher … More Difficult times.
This is that time of the year when we can celebrate warm and beautiful days, and small yellow flowers sneaking up through the leaf clutter in our garden beds. When we walk along great lakes shorelines here in the north we can see the ice melting, the snow banks fading, and any piled snow lurking … More Warmer days and the promise of Spring thaws.
Loading the pallete and getting ready to hit the road to a working show. I love events like this. I am on my way to a historical trade fair this weekend in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where I will put my art up on display, showing friends and patrons many new works that have been done in … More On the road to a show.
When I was growing up we would go on long car rides and my mom would always say, “Oh look, there’s a white horse! Quick kids, make a wish.” I have since heard that making a wish on a white horse tends to be an Irish tradition. I don’t know how much truth there is … More Happily Superstitious.
We all have our favorite subjects to paint or favorite pallete we tend to use and drifting into those comfortable places when we sit down to paint is perfectly ok. After all, we paint because we love what we do and time is often at a premium. It is easy to just launch and not … More Stretching your comfort zone.
This morning has been so relaxing. It has been enjoyable sitting at my easel painting and thinking about friends on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It’s delightful to me that while painting I can transport myself in my mind to particular moments in time. For those of you, my friends, who were in the … More The captured moment.
Laying out a new painting is truly an exercise of craft – the pleasure of color and canvas and paint. When I work I look at the photographs I took and revisit the time, revisit the place, and think about all of the emotions involved in that moment. I can hear the sounds and smell … More Laying out a painting and enjoying the memories.
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