Tis a poor craftswoman who blames her tools…

April 7th, 2011
Tis a poor craftswoman who blames her tools...

          Anything you can do needs to be done, so pick up the tool of your choice and get started. Ben Linder Perhaps it’s frivolous to write a quote about art tools while quoting Ben Linder, but I know that he would undoubtedly have approved of choosing the appropriate tools to […]

Promises Kept

March 27th, 2011
Promises Kept

  Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love. -David McCullough Exploring the mysteries of the natural world through my art has become my life’s work, whether through the language of realism, abstraction or Visionary Realism. Though it can be grueling, exhausting, frustrating and demanding it is work that I love. […]

Intensity at the easel

March 9th, 2011

  “The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.” John Keats What does he mean by “all disagreeable?” I think that he is referring to that state of oblivion when you’re immersed in the creation of your art. When it’s most intense you don’t feel pain, hunger or weariness. […]

Intensity at the easel

March 9th, 2011
Intensity at the easel

  “The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.” John Keats What does he mean by “all disagreeable?” I think that he is referring to that state of oblivion when you’re immersed in the creation of your art. When it’s most intense you don’t feel pain, hunger or weariness. […]

Honeymoon with Color

February 23rd, 2011
Honeymoon with Color

Spontaneity takes practise. -Robert Hammer I love the beginning… It’s nothing but fun… A honeymoon of discovery. It’s quite spontaneous but only works because I have been doing it carefully for so long. Well, the actual beginning is layer after layer of clean white gesso drying slowly. That takes time.  Sanding each layer creates very […]

Why Do We Create?

February 13th, 2011

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without. – Cecil B. de Mille I can only speak for myself. One of my earliest memories is sitting in the sun in the field below my home making things with sticky red Maryland clay. I was three or four years old. How did I know that the […]

Why Do We Create?

February 13th, 2011
Why Do We Create?

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without. – Cecil B. de Mille I can only speak for myself. One of my earliest memories is sitting in the sun in the field below my home making things with sticky red Maryland clay. I was three or four years old. How did I know that the […]

Art is ALWAYS the destination: the Brandywine Museum

July 12th, 2010
Art is ALWAYS the destination: the Brandywine Museum

Not all those who wander are lost. JRR Tolkein ART is always my destination. Enroute to a wedding celebration, we traveled down the eastern edge of this continent this weekend. Saturday was spent almost entirely on a pilgrimage to the Brandywine Museum: the home, studio and museum of NC and Andrew Wyeth. What a dynamically […]

How now, Artfully Painted Cow?

June 26th, 2010

All the really good ideas I ever had came to me while I was milking a cow. ~Grant Wood Grant Wood, of American Gothic fame was a mid-western boy who understood the meditative value of chores and cows. I was recently in Burlington Vermont on the shimmering shores of Lake Champlain and had the good […]

Wonderful Workshop with Morten Solberg

June 20th, 2010
Wonderful Workshop with Morten Solberg

The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color. Hans Hofman I just had the good fortune to spend three days at the Bennington Center for the Arts immersed in color and creativity. Morten E. Solberg was the featured artist at the Art of the Animal Kingdom […]