Running and Painting

Running is an activity that I enjoy, especially when I can get myself into nature and by a body of water.  Over the past week or so I’ve been inspired to get back out into the woods and run along a nearby canal.  It’s been an invigorating experience. As a fan of winter and colder […]

Love is…

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is not jealous. It does not put on airs, it is not snobbish. Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger, neither does it brood over injuries. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong, but rejoices with the truth. There is […]


Honesty seems to be something on my mind today.   I try to practice this in my personal life and it’s not always easy to be rigorously honest with oneself or others.  By that I mean having the skill and sensitivity to be honest in a manner that everyone involved is held in high regard.  This […]

Distortions and Beauty

About a month ago I walked to the used book store in town and found a book on Cezanne’s compositions.  It’s been an interesting experience flipping through the pages and reading about his approach and thinking. One of the qualities that I admire in Cezanne’s work are the distortions and alterations to perspective.  What one […]

Behind the Narrative

Yesterday I came across this wonderful series being presented online by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it’s called 82nd & Fifth.  One hundred curators will talk for two minutes about a work of art that impacted how they see the world. It’s quite amazing! I’ve watched three of the mini episodes so far and each […]

Stretching My Visual Comfort Zone

There’s a benefit to stretching my visual comfort zone as there is with stepping out of any regular structure I may have established for myself.   I LEARN! I can be a creature of habit…. In terms of viewing art I can really limit myself in my experience.  I tend to stick with artists I feel […]

Plein Air Friends

Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with my plein air buddies…  I really enjoy that group of dedicated artists.  We each have our own unique style and process for interpreting the wonder of nature. What’s so nice about this group is the shared experience. The common understanding of the ups and […]

First Steps and Morning Inspiration

I woke early this morning, as usual. This happens to be one of my favorite times of day. It’s still dark out, the sun hasn’t started to rise and  quiet peacefulness surrounds me.  Of course my dog is up and excited…but that’s beside the point. Today, I went for a short run just as the […]