While I was Busy Doing Other Things….

9/14/15 Notes to Myself: I recently discovered this “installation” in a Magnolia tree in my backyard! Pretty hard to miss because it’s rather large. From what I’ve read this is a Bald-Faced Hornet’s nest and while I am steering clear of it, I am finding it an amazing work that has a beautiful architecture and […]

Tiger Lilies’ Unfold

7/12/15 Notes to Myself: Practicing meditation is an important part of my day. I notice so much more as I proceed within the next 24 hours. This week I came to a further understanding of the tiniest moments of change. The things that within a blink I can miss and so often do, never really […]

The Wonder of Color #4

“Natures Gifts” 2014 cjm  “I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” ― E.E. Cummings   Today’s poem is not a poem but a heartfelt sentiment from E.E. […]

The Wonder of Color #2

Inspiration comes in many forms! This week I had the pleasure of enjoying some fellow bloggers poetry and art.  It was inspirational.  Now, I’m not a writer or a  poet. I didn’t even like English class and don’t do well with grammar.  However, the idea came to me to try to put some words down […]

The Wonder of Color #1

Nature’s color in any season carries it’s own brilliance and inspiration! And oh, to have the opportunity capture a moment in time with color. So what is it about color that’s so appealing? At the core in a literal sense it’s an organic product of light and reflection.  Perhaps on a more spiritual level it’s […]

Reflections

Change is colorful! As fall approaches I am acutely aware of the gradual change that occurs. One of my favorite parts of this transitional time of year are the colors.  It’s amazing to me how each day there is a little bit more.  I wait in anticipation for the experience but also with an unsettling […]

Do You Choose Your Subject or Does it Choose You?

Over the years I’ve read about artists who speak to merely being a “channel” and that the work flows through them not from them.   This is closely related for me to the idea that the artist is brought to the subject or that the subject draws the artist to it.  Some of the great masters […]

No Time For “Thinking”

Spontaneity is an invigorating adventure.  Last week I ventured out to do some painting toward the end of the day.  After driving around for a bit I just needed to make a decision and park myself somewhere as the sun was heading down rather quickly. I had been by this spot before and it resonated […]

Plein Air Adventures

Having the opportunity to paint in the “open air” with my plein air group is something I relish on Sundays.  That’s just the beginning.  inevitably I almost always have the equal benefit of meeting new people and learning things.  Nature has a habit of drawing interesting folks to it and I get a glimpse at […]