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16 Jun 2014
Purpose

Purpose

“Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now.” – Dorothea Tanning The purpose of art is to see what others might have missed.  What we see in a painting depends on our personal experience.  Some may see the moon with stars in a painting while others see the sun with dandelions in the sky.  Art will touch each soul differently depending on one’s mood or […]

20 May 2014
Mist

Mist

“The world is the true classroom.  The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes.” – Jack Hanna Many of us must see something to believe it. In a Photoshop world we’ve even begun to question validity of photographs that we see in the media. Sometimes the only way to believe that something is real is to see it with our own eyes.  Questioning the reality of something seen by someone else […]

15 Apr 2014
Convey

Convey

“The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” – Leonardo da Vinci I am dedicating this month’s blog to Leonardo da Vinci as he was born over 560 years ago today, April 15th. His curiosity about life was impeccable. His brilliance has been an inspiration and a mystery for centuries. Imagine if Leonardo da Vinci was complacent with mediocrity and had given up on learning, seeking and discovering… Da Vinci used the 67 years of his existence to challenge […]

15 Mar 2014
Big Optic

Big Optic

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this person by widening our circle […]

15 Feb 2014
Perception

Perception

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” – Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Collected Works’ Each painting that I create tells a story.  It’s up to the viewer to create those stories.  I challenge you today to choose a painting and write a story about it.  Give it life.  Bring your experiences and imagination into it.  What lies beneath the colors?  What memories does the painting evoke? This painting is called Perception because it rains […]

15 Jan 2014
Angel Rising

Angel Rising

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” – Vern McLellan It’s a new beginning! 2014 is a blank canvas. Start adding some color and texture to it. Make some memories and work on those unfinished projects! This painting Angel Rising is very hopeful and the colors represent the transformation of life and renewal of the soul. Choose some colors for your canvas today and create something fresh […]

16 Dec 2013
Twilight

Twilight

“I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future – the timelessness of the rocks and the hills – all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” – Andrew Wyeth Colors and words hide the earth’s translucence.  I love to […]

18 Nov 2013
Celestial

Celestial

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is as the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” – Crowfoot As the time changes back, autumn surrounds us.  The nights are longer and darker, and the earth is preparing to hide for the winter. Flowers vanish, it’s time to hibernate. I love to inhale the golden hues […]

29 Oct 2013
Amplify

Amplify

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato As a musician gives birth to a song, so does a fine artist to a painting. A paint brush is the breath of life to a canvas, cultivating an imagination and bringing all the elements together in unity. Just as a song takes form in melody and rhythm, the vibration of colors on a canvas begin to take form […]

17 Aug 2013

Follow the Path

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson This painting is named “Bridge” for the simple reason that there is a dominant white path way through the middle of the piece. In thinking about pathways, in life and art we sometimes find ourselves at a crossroad between decisions. Some decisions easily made and others require more thought and energy. Always finding the right path is […]