Beauty in the Present

9/28/16 Notes to Myself: “When I can live fully in each moment, I can open myself to beauties that might otherwise escape me entirely. The more attuned I am to what is really going on right now, which means unhooking my mind from preoccupation with the past and worry about the future, the freer I […]

One Painting at a Time…

One Painting at a Time…One Day at a Time. I’m reminded over the past weeks how my journey as an artist so clearly parallels my life.  The two are not separate entities but a beautiful dynamic relationship from which patience can be developed and is frequently needed. What I am learning to embrace is the […]

Who’s creation is it?

“Who’s creation is it?”  Is that a personal question for an artist? Perhaps and perhaps an uncomfortable one to consider.  For me it’s a valuable opportunity for reflection and investigation into my own motivation for painting. Looking closely at the “why” behind what I do draws me to closer to truth and usually inspiration.  Often, […]

Youth, Heart and Art

This quote by Picasso says a lot for me.  In so many ways it draws me to the beauty and uninhibited creativity of a child.  The pure unadulterated joy of taking paint, a crayon, a marker or whatever and just letting it flow on the paper.  Too often as we grow into adulthood this part […]

Inspiration,Integration and Originality

Influences in art are inevitable.  With that I ask myself is anything really original?  Or are all the experiences shared and wonderful components of an evolving creative whole in which we move toward discovering a kindred spirit? In looking at and reading a bit about the history of Japanese art I see this idea in […]

Craziness or Freedom?

Is it crazy to believe that we all have the choice to live the life we have imagined? Henry D. Thoreau has a wonderfully inspiring quote:  “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common […]