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”

Caravaggio

Considered to be one of the parents of modern painting, Caravaggio’s work  work became popular for the tenebrism technique he used. It’s known for using shadow to emphasize lighter areas.  Tenebroso in Italian means dark, gloomy, mysterious.  This use of light is fascinating.  It is sometimes called a ‘violent transition between light and dark’.   ThisContinue reading “Caravaggio”

Old Holland Oil Colors

When I first started painting I used the cheapest paints I could afford. I had a list of colors I was supposed to purchase for my painting class.  I remember pondering for hours.  I went from paint display to display comparing the Windsor & Newton ultra marine blue with Gamblin.  I had no idea whatContinue reading “Old Holland Oil Colors”

Camera obscura

I just watched a Netflix documentary about one of my all time favorite Dutch painters, Vermeer.  I have half listened to the ‘controversy’ about him using a camera obscura.  I never really bought into the controversy because I LOVE photo realism.  I like hyper-realism too.  I think that sort of duplication is a gift toContinue reading “Camera obscura”

Strategy vs. chance

Are you one of those people who plan everything?  Or are you more of a risk taker?  Let the chips fall where they may?  Do you ever ponder how your life would be different if it weren’t for a few random auspicious/inauspicious incidents?  Is serendipity how you roll? I have been thinking about those thingsContinue reading “Strategy vs. chance”