Wind and Water

Wikia has a definition that Water is often used to symbolize things in literature. Water is a universal symbol of change and is often present at turning points in a story.  Since water is often a sign of life, many times water represents life.  Likewise, water can...
Inspiring Artwork

Inspiring Artwork

Inspiring artwork is different for each individual.   Sometimes it is very hard to define, but certain artists have achieved the term “Greatness” mostly after they have died.   During their lifetime, nothing went right and some even committed suicide.  ...
Green, Green Grass of Home

Green, Green Grass of Home

I remember the green, green grass of home.  When I was 12 my parents moved into a beautiful house on the side of a hill in San Jose, CA.   The neighborhood was free range and I remember  running until our hearts would burst.  Over the fence and in back of our...
When do paintings take the breath of life?

When do paintings take the breath of life?

When do paintings take the breath of life?   As I begin a painting, I usually have a nebulous idea of what I want to paint.   Having worked in a plein air environment for many years, I have the color scheme and general idea of composition in my mind.  However,...
Hills Like White Elephants

Hills Like White Elephants

“Hills Like White Elephants” is a short story by Ernest Hemingway. It was first published in August 1927, in the literary magazine transition, then later in the 1927 short story collection Men Without Women.[1]  Hemingway wrote vibrant stories filled with...

Painting the Wild

Last week for some inexplicable reason the bug hit to switch over to pastels.    This may have been caused by the plein air piece “Evening Light Festival” sitting next to the sink in the studio.   I had started this painting on location some years before...
SW Landscape Painting

SW Landscape Painting

  To my  surprise as a SW Landscape Painting specialist, I got the results back from Paint the Parks last week:  two “Top 100” entries into the show which travels the United States over a year period and another entry which took the prestigious Judges...
White Christmas Painting

White Christmas Painting

Many years ago we lived beside a couple that started celebrating Christmas in September.   They had a whole section of their attic dedicated to decorations specifically for Christmas.   In August they came over to our house (we lived across the street) and told us...
Lights in the Forest

Lights in the Forest

I have taken a hiatus from posting on FB, my blog and other media.  I’ve had my 34 year old nephew die, my uncle die, and my dog die in the last few weeks.  I am caring for my husband who is suffering with a brain disease called Parkinsonism.  As a result of...