Tuesday, February 3, 2015


The painting is slowly evolving.  I really liked the way the winter sunshine coming through the lace curtains in my kitchen looked as it fell on the painting this morning. 

I've sketched a light whisper of her face in pencil, and I'm quietly living with her just as she is for a while.

While I was playing with her image on the computer, I really liked how she looked here, as even more of a pencil sketch.  It reminded me slightly of some of the faces Hans Holbein drew in the Middle Ages.

Hans Holbein the Younger,
Head of a Woman

I have no idea how long it will take for me to finish this painting, and finishing her isn't the point.  In my new way of working, I'm learning to enjoy every little step of the process.

"If the path be beautiful,
let us not ask where it leads."
~ Anatole France

Sunday, January 11, 2015

slowly, slowly

letting a new way of working evolve. . .

first few minutes of a new work in progress

Starting this time with a simple wash of color and a quick, rough sketch in chalk pastel.  I already really like her face. . . Trying to keep it all loose and spontaneous.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

gently, gently

I was playing around with some photos I took of a beautiful papier mache angel I found at Goodwill a few years ago, and I was thinking about what I want my art and my blog to stand for going forward.  It didn't take long for me to realize that what I want more than anything is more kindness in the world.  But how can I do my part to make that happen?  I can focus on the kinder side of the issues facing us and our world.  I can open my eyes to the kindness around me.  And I can BE kindness, myself.

Yes, I can.

I am, by nature and by nurture, sometimes quite a negative, cynical person, so this will be a challenge for me.  But what a worthwhile challenge!

So, here I go, gently, gently into the new year, with thoughts and dreams and acts of kindness guiding my way.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Blogging will resume in 2015

16 x 20
acrylic, oil pastels, Caran d'Ache, Inktense, Pitt pens

Hello dear followers! My sincere thanks to all who have stayed with me while I was gone.   Here we are, just a few short days before Thanksgiving, and the last time I blogged was way back in April.  It turns out that I really, really needed the break.  I've been able to work through quite a few things, and I've got a clear idea about where I want to go from here, especially in my art.

After not painting anything for over a year, I finally finished the painting above, which I started in late summer of 2013.  I'm calling it "Celebrate" because it was inspired by a photo I took during a very special family celebration several years ago.  And because I feel like celebrating that I'm finally painting again!

I'm looking forward to many new beginnings in 2015.  And I look forward to reconnecting with the wonderful blogs and bloggers I've neglected for so many months.

In the mean time, I wish you all a most blessed and joy-filled Holiday Season, whatever you celebrate.

See you in 2015!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

a random passion - catching the sunrise

I rushed outside in the middle of breakfast this morning to quickly take this photo before the light changed.  A cold night, a bit of snow, and clear skies at sunrise made this moment possible.  I'm so glad I looked out the window at just the right time!

"Every morning
 we are born again.
What we do today
is what matters most."
~ Buddha

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

a random passion - minutiae

The pattern of frost on the car this morning.  A few minutes after this photo was taken, the early morning sunshine reached the roof of the car, and this gorgeous example of nature's art was merely a melted memory.

As I'm learning to go with the flow (see previous post), I find I have more time to notice and appreciate the minutiae of life.  The amazing things we are all often too busy to notice as we scurry thought our lives. 

plural noun: minutiae; plural noun: minutia
the small, precise, or trivial details of something.
"the minutiae of everyday life"
synonyms:details, niceties, finer points, particulars

At one time, I thought I was too sophisticated and important to notice such trivial things.  Now I know that noticing and appreciating such things makes my life richer and fuller and more beautiful.

image found on Pinterest

I hope you find something that makes your life more beautiful today.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

just going with the flow. . .

I walked past this lovely little spot on a long walk last weekend.  If you look very closely, you can see the teeniest hints of green tentatively beginning to appear.  I always thought blue was my favorite color, but I've come to realize it's actually green.  My eyes hunger for signs of green.

This long, cold winter has taught me to just go with the flow.  What will be, will be. . .

After what seems like ages, my creative juices have started flowing again!  I've been invited to participate in an art show again later this year, and all participants have been challenged to incorporate brown wrapping paper or brown paper bags in the artwork.  I've been looking for some new ideas to try this year, so I'm really looking forward to working with brown paper.

I won't be rushing.  I won't be forcing anything to happen.   But I will post some pictures of my progress here throughout the next several months.

Just going with the flow. . .

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.  
Don't resist them - 
that only creates sorrow.  
Let reality be reality.  
Let things flow naturally forward 
in whatever way they like.
~ Lao Tzu