Tiny Desk Studio

Today I completed the final step from my mentoring session. I set up a permanent place to paint. Painting in my kitchen was not ideal for many reasons but after making the changes to my palette (simplifying mostly) and changes to my brush load (another simplification) it was time to make the final change. AContinue reading “Tiny Desk Studio”

History

I went to the Towne Centre Theater to pick up my paintings on display there.  It is sad that the group will have to move and the lovely old church will close and most likely be torn down.  The real estate market in Nashville is on fire.  Most likely, the old historic church will becomeContinue reading “History”

Imperfect

Lately, I have been thinking a lot about perfection.  Sometimes I find myself paralyzed due to imperfection.  I may rerun a loop in my head of an imperfect encounter. Or I might toss out a painting because I can see  something in the piece that makes me nuts…a glaring imperfection. This desire for perfection hasContinue reading “Imperfect”

It’s OK

Sometimes try as we might, a painting isn’t what we hoped.  I had a feeling that this painting wouldn’t be my favorite.  I didn’t feel well yesterday and today even after going for a lovely walk in the forrest I couldn’t shake the blues. I tried a couple of compositions but I didn’t love them.Continue reading “It’s OK”

Pomegranate

Ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition.  In Greek mythology the pomegranate symbolized the ‘fruit of the dead’ growing from the blood of Adonis.  It is traditional to consume pomegranates on Rosh Hashana as its numerous seeds represent prosperity.  I like pomegranates for the vivid crimson arils.  They glisten withContinue reading “Pomegranate”

Nutcracker

This time of year can be stressful and fun.  We decorated the house for the holidays.  One of our favorite decorations is our collection of nutcrackers.  We love the ballet and there was even a new Disney movie released this season called, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.  We talked throughout the film comparing theContinue reading “Nutcracker”

Thanks

Most folks in the US will tell you that Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday. It is mine too.  In Tennessee the weather is usually mild, the leaves are blowing around, and the food is delicious.  Family time is to be cherished and/or dreaded.  Then, there is the next best holiday, Black Friday.  This is officiallyContinue reading “Thanks”

Before and after

A few weeks ago I had a mentoring session with one of my favorite artists, Abbey Ryan.  The first painting I completed after our session was this one of a single red pear.  I am not sure I love it.  So today I went in and revised it. Not sure how I feel about itContinue reading “Before and after”