There are usually a limitless number things to celebrate. Even for my dog Lucy (shown the photo above) caught in the moment celebrating a whole lot of happy things to smell on a beautiful July morning. Have you ever seen this book? As the title implies, the book is simply a list of 14,000 random things. […]
When all else fails… Do what you know how to do. I know how to paint. I wasn’t BORN knowing how to paint. It is a skill I have spent the past 15+ years developing. Sometimes with great purpose. But more often than not in the midst of shooing off all the “WHY I am […]
My most recent “Endurance Story” happened in Charleston, SC. In the middle of a sun-baked park. Surrounded by several years of my artwork. Protected only by a 10″ x 10″ tent. For an endless string of 17 straight days. By the end of DAY ONE — all I could think was… “How did this ever […]
Sometimes it takes longer to process the meaning that a
painting holds than it took to paint.
When at a loss for what to do… 1. Do what you know HOW to DO. 2. Remember what you KNOW to be TRUE. 3. Find something NEW for YOU. I like to explore ALL my options. So much so, that it has become a joke in our family. If you want something researched like a […]
If left to my own devices, there isn’t much Christmas in my heart. Nothing within me looks forward to December. In my mind, this is a month that feels to me like forced-group-insanity. I don’t like to be told what to do. I don’t like to go along with the crowd. And I especially don’t like to do […]
Focus on what is Good… I love plants. Plants are neutral. Plants are beautiful. I like to focus my energy on painting plants. That feels more productive to me than gardening, which is an uphill battle. One definitely worth the fight, but an ongoing, never-ending battle, nonetheless. Paintings of plants don’t grow weeds. Paintings of […]
Unexpected peace appeared. During the summer of 1991. And then again in the spring of 2016. A lone Sunflower named “Serenity” feels it too.
Coneflower is part of my “Sad Flower” series — a series of four botanical paintings, representing four heavy-hearted flowers I found growing in various locations. In the twelve-plus-years I’ve been painting, I have never created a “sad series.” I guess I’d never felt such a heaviness of heart before as when I was planing this new group of […]
“Stop trying so hard.” “Stop working so hard.” “Stop trying to prove something.” Did I Stop? Looking back over the last five years, I think I actually DID! Last night we went to an annual event that in years past has caused me much sadness. It was an opening reception for an exhibit of 100+ local […]