What Nature Teaches…

11/7/16 Notes to Myself: Walking through life is like taking one big long hike. So often the bramble and branches obstruct my view of the light. It doesn’t mean I’m not close or that I can’t get there. Or that it’s completely out of view. It just means I have to keep walking. What nature […]

Expecting the Best!

8/2/16 Notes to Myself: Reminding myself that I am responsible for my choices and how I see life. At my core, I am a creator and can always seek to find the good in every moment. What I experience is a direct reflection of my own attitude and perception. If I expect the best it’s […]

Aging in Strength

7/19/16 Notes to Myself: Feeling a little sad at the moment. Sometimes writing helps more than painting. My dog was diagnosed with kidney failure and lyme disease last Friday. She’s 14 and has lived a good life for the 12 years I’ve had her. I just brought her home from the vet and I think […]

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 […]

Branches of Magic

12/16/15 Notes to Myself: “Each time you face an unknown future with creativity rather than grasping at known quantities,you leap. And whenever you begin to disbelieve in yourself, your destiny,your ability to heal some part of the world, you must leap instead into the branches of magic.” Martha Beck This is an excerpt from a […]

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 […]

Crash Course in Painting!

10/15/15 Notes to Myself: One of the best pieces of “advice” I’ve gotten (more than once) with regard to painting is to KEEP PAINTING! In other words PRACTICE. I’m in the midst of an October challenge to paint one painting a day. I’ve done this before and know it trains my eye to see what’s […]