Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The workshop was about getting back to basics. I have so many people asking, how I get things to look so real, that I decided to create a new workshop that helps experienced painters do that...by getting back to the basics of really "seeing" as an artist.
A favorite quote from John Ruskin says it all, "If you can paint a leaf...you can paint the world."
Another quote is from Claude Monet, "When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you. Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as you see it looks before you..."
The final quote which has an effect on my work is from Ralph Waldo Emerson, "My profession is to always be on the alert to find God in nature...to know His lurking places."
It was a big success. This same workshop will be given at the Holland Arts Council in Holland, MI, on Saturday, August 19th, 2017. If you know of anyone who might want to refresh their thinking and the process of creating a work, please share this with them.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
I had the joy of spending a few days on a beautiful island in the Mackinaw Straits of Lake Huron.
Can't believe how exciting it was to roam the island and take in all that Nature had to offer. The moss which covered most of the ground made my tiny moss garden here at home look insignificant.
I took more than 300 photos while there. From two or three of these I have started a study. I hope to do a large painting...about the size of "GOD'S IN THE DETAILS" which was completed in 2016. It measures 34" x 54". Before doing that size, I need to experiment with several smaller pieces to get the feel for this beautiful environment.
This is the progress after 5 hours of work. It takes a while to build up the richness of detail that amazed me in the first place.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
When we arrived some flowers had opened to greet us. These are the dwarf irises. They usually bloom a few weeks before the tall bearded ones do. Lovely. In a few days there should be many more flowers blooming.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
April 25th daily bouquet: BrunneraThis tiny blue flower looks remarkably like a Forget-me-not. The difference is That it has a more intense color, and the leaves are a lovely shape, almost heart like. The location is in my moss garden. We have an area where the grass just doesn't grow. Too much shade. This provided the perfect spot for the moss garden, which was already very thick to begin with. I have been pulling out any new grasses that might try to grow and it has created a beautiful and peaceful transition from the front garden to the back garden. My favorite place. I remember as a child, how I would go into the woods across the road from the house. There was a lot of moss growing around the base of a favorite oak tree. So I gathered more moss and carpeted a larger area. Whenever I wanted to be alone (I grew up in a large family) I would go to the woods and sit on my secret moss carpet and listen to the birds.