The Need to Paint and be Patient – Carmen Herrera

3/3/19 When I come across stories about artists who bloom late in life I become curious about their journey. I learned about Carmen Herrera through such a story. Carmen had been actively painting for over 60 years before gaining any recognition. She was almost 90 before she sold a work.   Ms. Herrera’s exploration of […]

Perpendicular Lines

5/16/16 Notes to Myself: “I am determined to maintain the perpendicular position” Lucy Stone “Perpendicular lines make right angles; they make possible extensions of both height and breadth. Right angles are weight-bearing. We speak of asserting something “squarely”, making perpendiculars. People who speak their minds freely and assert their individuality feel perpendicular to the corners […]

Unfinished Work?

5/4/16 Notes to Myself: I think all art as a matter of “creation” is inherently “unfinished”. There’s an exhibit on view right now at The Metropolitan Museum in New York City which features a collection of “unfinished” works of art. When I noticed this I thought what a great topic to look at. The question […]

Painting with a Foundation

3/28/16 Notes to Myself: Building a foundation in painting is an important part of the process for me. I start with a value study in Ultramarine Blue. Navigating the canvas, I start to define the range of lights and darks. Simplifying the space to its most important elements as I experience it. Sometimes the wheels […]

Winter Light and Dark

2/13/16 Notes to Myself: As a painter I know the value of light and dark to a composition. I’m a composition, although, not always in balance. With winter being one of my favorite seasons I don’t think I really consider the value or gift of shorter days or being indoors more often because it’s cold. […]

Scraping Down

11/12/15 Notes to Myself: As I posted last week, I was experiencing a lot of frustration with this plein air painting. After bringing it home and walking away from it for awhile I decided to scrape it all down. What you see here now is the result of that experience. As I scraped off the […]

Life’s Journey in a Snapshot

10/9/15 Notes to Myself: It’s been a full week. Sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 feelings! In searching for an image for this post, I decided on this one for its centering nature. I remember how I felt standing there. Small! And seeing how all aspects of the composition converged gently toward one focal. […]

Imaginary Works

3/27/15 Notes to Myself: Imaginary works…. There’s been a period of years where I have felt like I lost my imagination. This is connected to my creativity and although I could still find myself creating I had this sense of something missing that I used to have. Questioning this side of myself is opening doors […]

The Wonder of Color #3

“Ecclectic Woods” 2014 cjm   Oh fervent green upon the land envelope and comfort my weary feet Set your dew upon my toes and travel with me through the woods of broken trees With saplings in the distance I feel a tingle in the ground emerging carrying me forward Color Fact: Did you know? Albert […]