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Six Stages of Making a Painting

6 Stages of Making a Painting I’m sure all artists work differently, but I have discovered that I go through 6 stages and some of it’s grief. 1. I see an idea in my head. This is mysterious, even to me, but I think if artists have a gift, a talent, it is this ability … Continue reading

Art and Spontaneous Profanity

Did you ever screw up something so bad, profanity spontaneously sprang from your lips? I’ve been working on these pour/paint resin panels, which include many hours and a fat slice of my little art budget. I spent hours on one, mixed the resin with a kitchen scale and left it to harden. I dutifully covered … Continue reading

Today’s Art Experiment

How is your week going? Good, I hope. I’ve been working on books and more specifically, art for books. I decided that it would be cool to use fractals, so I gave myself permission to play with Apophysis, which is a free fractal generator you can download and play with. I get so excited by … Continue reading

And miles to go before I sleep

(Poem by Robert Frost) Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest … Continue reading

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps … Continue reading

Sacred Spaces

Since the beginning of humanity until only very recently, people lived in intimacy with nature. I like the proverb attributed to Native Americans, regarding spring: “Walk gently on the ground, Mother Earth is pregnant.” Although I was raised as a Catholic, I definitely “get” the nature-oriented religions I study. Yet this is no contradiction. If … Continue reading

Blue Wildflowers and Water Striders

Yesterday’s painting was pulled out of that mysterious space between my ears, which always worries me a little. What’s real in this painting? Define “real” 🙂 The blackened tree stump exists, but it’s in the middle of a sandy field where lightening struck it years ago. I could take you there and show you right … Continue reading

By the Pond

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I was kicked out of the woods where I usually roam and was feeling deprived. I decided simply to go into the woods on the other side of the road. “Ha! I thought,” I have released myself back to the wild.” My five year-old granddaughter, Alina, tried to … Continue reading

Making Art: A Spiritual Activity

Making art is a spiritual activity in that an artist attempts to look beyond appearances, to see through to some essential truth. This truth is elusive and cannot be reached by normal analytical means. While an artist can be highly trained and skilled, until they can transcend the mask of normality and peer beyond the … Continue reading

Painting the National Mood: Seeing Through

While painting “Palm Tree” I kept thinking this painting was about “seeing through;” seeing the light through the branches of the tree. There is an obstacle between the light and the viewer, but the obstacle cannot block out the light-light is leaking through. Light is a metaphor for truth and “seeing the light” means seeing … Continue reading