The “Mess” of Creating

11/5/15 Notes to Myself: I read a blog post this week that spoke to a “mess” being part of progress. Music to my ears! I needed to hear that as my creative process has become quite messy and unpredictable in many ways. Right now I am doing a lot of experimenting with my painting. Using […]

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 […]

The Color Purple

In one of my posts last week on color I mentioned experimenting with violet/purple.  As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to join a few friends to work on the still life you see here where one of the “feature” colors was a rich purple cloth used as a back drop to a […]

Reworking Art is that “Upcycling or Recycling”

Having just “reworked” a painting of mine yesterday I was thinking about this process and then it dawned on me as to whether this might be like “recycling” or “upcycling”. To be honest I’m not sure I really see the difference between “recycling and upcycling”.   It sort of sounds like a new word to make […]

Up Close and Personal

I suppose every attempted painting calls for getting personal.  For me it’s always tied to my own life journey and in some way sharing something about myself in the context of a moment.  I don’t always recognize the connection but it’s usually there if I take time to step back and reflect.  And to take […]

At the Orchard

Plein-air painting is one of the most challenging things I have engaged in creatively speaking.  For me it’s a constant journey into the beauty of the unknown.  This begins with the adventure to new locations and extends all the way down to finding a scene and picking up the paintbrush to being the conversation of […]

Loss as a Doorway

This morning I am experiencing feelings of loss.  I suppose we all have those throughout life.What’s challenging for me is letting myself be aware and have the feelings. My tendency is to cover them up with busyness. Lately I’m being challenged with my painting. The outcomes aren’t as my minds eye envisions them.  I wonder […]