Food for the Soul?

3/24/17 Notes to Myself: Is comfort food, food for the soul? I’m not so sure it’s been good for mine or very comforting. At least not in the way I needed. And there’s been so much I’ve needed to comfort throughout the course of my life. Food seemed to be my friend and patient companion […]

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 […]

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 […]

Loving Creation

11/24/15 Notes to Myself: Been thinking about love lately and what that really means to me. A big question. I think as big as the sky and as powerful as the rocks in my photo. I love the beauty of nature in Maine. That’s where this was taken. It’s not so much a feeling as […]

Gasping For Air

1/14/15 Notes to Myself:Small steps. I’m walking on the heels of inspiration and trust. This feels like trying to walk on water. I’m not sure I can float if I fall. I might lose everything… Sometimes that’s how I feel in life and within the process of creating. Not trusting the process I can work […]

The Procrastination Gap

  1/06/15 Notes to Myself: As thoughts creep into my mind regarding all the things I need to do with the advent of a new year I feel myself becoming “splintered”. Although I know I am moving toward light and doing my best to “live” in each day and moment. Today, I seem to be […]

The Composition #12

“The elements of composition embrace the whole creative process.” The Art of the Artist – Composition – by Fletcher Martin   The COMPOSITION #12 This post wraps up the series on “Composition”.  I hope the last 11 weeks have been helpful and prompted further discovery or question. I’ve touched on many of the foundations that […]

Talent – Does it Matter?

“Talent is a snare and a delusion. In the end, the practical questions about talent come down to these:  Who cares? Who would know? and What difference would it make?  And the practical answers are: Nobody, Nobody, and None.”Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland Talent isn’t something I’ve thought about in a […]

Extension and Expression

“In time, as an artist’s gestures become more assured, the chosen tools become almost an extension of the artist’s own spirit.  In time, exploration gives way to expression.” Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland One of the most important things I’ve learned is commitment to the process of painting.  All work counts. […]

The Work Vibrates

” The work we make, even if unnoticed and undesired by the world, vibrates in perfect harmony to everything we put into it — or withhold from it. “ Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland “Encapsulated Spring”   This excerpt is inspiring to me.  I find that it validates the creative process […]