We Can Be Heroes

Farewell to the musician who provided the playlist for my young life, and the artist who gave sound and vision to the androgynous, artistic, alien of my soul. In a world with no road map, as the traditional life of my parents and grandparents became quaint and irrelevant, Bowie blazed across the firmament, operatic troubadour of the next moment. He released …

More Summer Painting

I've been busy, too busy outside slurping up all the delicious low-humidity summertime that August has brought to Southern Maryland to post work I've been doing, so here are a few things I've been working on. click images for larger view      Solstice Sunrise, oil on canvas, 14 x 11"  6am, June 21, 2105 ©Patrise

Strange Magic

Dreaming of spring, the mind turns to flowers, butterflies, fairies and... bugs? Well, yes, if you life in southern Maryland. Although it's been frozen into silence lately, we have a buzzingly diverse ecosystem here in the coastal plains and wetlands, rich in the insect life that supports the abundant bird and fish populations we're known …

Help a teacher, artist, mom save her home

I'm shouting out for an artist friend who's in a tough spot, and really needs help to save her home.  Meet Rana Raeuchle , teacher, artist and mother, currently working in South Korea. Her son Allen, now grown,  keeps the home fires burning until Rana completes her contract later this year.   Long story short: Young artist and mother, left by …

New Year, New Themes

Last year I wrote for Blogging for Mental Health 2014, and other themes emerged, capturing my interest. For 2015 I'm declaring a more specific intention: to honor my title: Art•Spirit•Nature more specifically, in the following ways: ART: I really want to feature profiles of the amazing creative people I know. And, show you the creative work I'm doing. So …

A Sea of Red

I didn't expect to blog about Veteran's Day or Armistice Day, or the 100th anniversary of the War to End All Wars, but the devastatingly beautiful installation "Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red" at  the Tower of London unexpectedly moved me to tears. Artist Paul Cummins and stage designer Tom Piper created the commemoration, composed of 888,246 …