A New Art Year

This week I’m spending more time on wrangling equipment and processes, instead of getting paint on paper. But, I am scaling up! My latest 12 x 18" paintings feel too small. Assembling this new easel took a whole afternoon! But the result is satisfying. I debated build-your-own vs. purchase, and chose to buy this studio…

Living my Art-Spirit Nature

A new calendar year brings the feeling of a fresh start, of an inauguration, a setting sail, that's uplifting and hopeful. I'll take all of those ideas and add them to my heart's momentum for this year ahead. And declare this intention. I intend to live fully into my Art Spirit Nature. Art Spirit Nature…

Lessons of the Forest

“It’s a real easy walk.” the ranger reassured me when I entered the park. Well, one man’s easy is another woman’s challenge dujour. Broad and gently sloping, level footing, the walk started out fine. A picnic table appeared right when I needed a rest. The next 1/4 mile proved pleasant enough, but no more places…

Swimming in the Sky

Have you ever noticed when you swim in a lake on your back- you could be paddling among the clouds? The mirror of water borrows blue & white from the sky, and floating, suspended, I feel the water as soft as air against my skin. Clouds float with me, or cross my path, throwing a…

Rocks in the River

This weeks painting adventure is along the Stonycreek River in Somerset County, PA. I’m working on letting go of my dependence on realism. It’s continuing to be a challenge. Stony Creek River #1: stage 1 Off to a good start- painting the energy and heat of the rocks and the river that scattered them. Late…

Letting go of Realism

1. June Lake No.1 This past weekend I went in search of a natural swimming hole & came upon the Quemahoning reservoir. Such stunning landscape! After a deeply satisfying ( and chilly!) swim, I set out to paint in a new direction. I’ve heard variations on this suggestion from several sources. Basically: “Let go of…

Turtle Tale

After success with the “blob painting” technique I wanted to go a step further. The delight of blob painting is what shows up, like images in the clouds. Starting a larger piece on better paper, my initial blobs were without intent, just color and movement. I don’t have a photo of that stage, but you…

It’s poetry month

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I'm at my computer these days, and that's pretty normal for me. I was in search of music for doing tedious financial work, and stumbled upon an ambient composer I had never heard before. Under the video there were the most extraordinary comments. I wandered in one thread and came upon this: The future is…