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Connecting With Nature, Connecting with Inner Spirit

River Meadow, IBSP

As I may have mentioned, recently I got to be part of a 3-artist show at the Lemon Street Gallery in Kenosha.  That was a delightful experience.  Here were all these walls to fill, and the other two artists were mostly doing jewelry and sculpture.  After I hung about 20 paintings and stood back, I was struck by the fact that there wasn’t an underlying theme.  Some botanicals, some landscapes, some gardenscapes.  Hmmm. And of course when people arrived, so did their questions.  They wanted, naturally enough, to know what it was I wanted to convey.  Well, I’ve been giving that some thought and here is what I’ve come up with.  I create art to help people connect with nature and with their inner spirit.  Now that I know that is what I’m about, I can look for ways to make that message clear in my paintings.  

So, here is my wish for peace and connectedness to all of you this steamy hot July afternoon!

Wren (detail)


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Blazing Star River



I wasn’t sure I’d still be posting here… Over the past week I have tried several times to upload this image and it failed every time.  Life is funny that way, isn’t it?  Sometimes you have to try just once more, sometimes you need to let it go and move on to other endeavors.  

After all that, I find I don’t have that much on my mind!  Guess I’ll sit and enjoy the thunderstorm going on outside and anticipate seeing my button bush in bloom soon.



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An Experiment

Evening Light                                                                                            


Over the years people have suggested to me that I’ve been holding myself back when I’m painting.  For a long time I was most interested in developing my skills in representing what I see out in nature so I can share it with people who don’t have the opportunity to get out there.  Lately, though, I’ve been wanting to let myself be untethered a bit more.  I remember one show I was in that featured acres of painters.  I walked on and on through all those tents and was alarmed to realize there was virtually nothing t0 set any of us apart from each other.  All of us possessed about the same amount of skill, and all of us were painting nature scenes that looked pretty much the same.  No wonder nobody was buying!

Also, I’ve been wanting to invite humans into my paintings, but in a general sort of way, not portraits.  So, here we have “Evening Light”.  It started out with drips and splashes and then got coaxed into a meaningful image.  I am not sure how I feel about it.  It sounds like it was fun to paint but actually I’m kind of a wreck.  It is surprising how hard it is to let go and try to reveal a vision.

Next scary thing~go out and face the mosquitoes and ticks to look for colic root.