Sunday, December 28, 2008

reflections, insights, etc.

I'm not a person who makes New Year's resolutions, but I do take time to redefine myself and look through fresh eyes occasionally. Working outside my comfort zone and painting with more insight, I hope to become a better painter. I've been self-limiting this year, but reflections on the past only serve to cast more light upon the future.

The subject of this plein air painting is an old oak tree situated on a knoll which overlooks a nearby Civil War battlefield. The tree has become a fixture in many of my paintings. It seems I'm captivated by Nature's light and how it plays across the area. Studying the tree has helped me 'see' rather than just 'look'. I'm always amazed at God's palette and how we mortals struggle to capture His works on canvas.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

taking time to smell the dandelions

I haven't quit painting...just taking a bit of time off. "Take time to smell the roses" is the accepted quote, I believe.

To my delight, I spotted a dandelion flower this morning (in the middle of December) and it reminded me that sometimes it's OK to pause and reflect upon my life. Spring will come once again and the seasons will repeat themselves. Things will be renewed. Rest knits up many things...

Please check back soon for new posts...and thanks always for your interest in my artwork.