July Backyard Gardens: Color Palette and Planting Guide

“The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere – in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. No one would desire not to be beautiful. When we experience the beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming.” – John O’Donohue July Backyard Gardens One of the best partsContinue reading “July Backyard Gardens: Color Palette and Planting Guide”

Autumn Beauty: a Photojournal

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” ― Stanley Horowitz   This mosaic called autumn is a feast for the eyes. The leaves on the Ash trees along our street have turned slowly this year, from deep green to plum, then burgundy and golden.Continue reading “Autumn Beauty: a Photojournal”

7 Summer Colors of Inspiration

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann To bring cheer to an otherwise drab world: I love that statement about the artist. Nature, especially at the peak of summer, is the best artist of all. I relish the riot of color at this timeContinue reading “7 Summer Colors of Inspiration”

Venice, Italy: the Color and Charm, a Photojournal

How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank! Here we will sit and let the sounds of music Creep in our ears: soft stillness and the night Become the touches of sweet harmony. -Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice “To not see Europe during our years in Prague would be like sitting at arm’s-length from aContinue reading “Venice, Italy: the Color and Charm, a Photojournal”

Living Colorfully

“Color is such a marvelous way of expressing emotion. We have so many problems in this world, color brings just a little bit of joy into our lives.”  -Vera Neumann, American artist and designer For about the past month, I have been shuffling around a little scrap of paper, torn from a magazine an AmericanContinue reading “Living Colorfully”

Destination Coastline: Sunsets, a Photojournal

“The sky broke … into full sunset and the water caught fire.” -Pamela H. Johnson As I type, I sit below a large canvas painting of a coastline sunset where the water reflects so much citrine color it looks as if it is on fire. I painted it several years ago, and it is myContinue reading “Destination Coastline: Sunsets, a Photojournal”

Breathtaking Fields of Gold

“Well, I’ve moved to the country for the first time in my life, and there are barley fields right next door. And I remember walking through one day and seeing this crop being moved by the wind and the sunshine, and … I thought it was a great metaphor for love, and, its a kindContinue reading “Breathtaking Fields of Gold”

Beauty and Color in a Mediterranean Sunset Sky

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. -Rabindranath Tagore When we travel to the beach, my favorite part of the day is at the end. I love to be at the edge of the shore and stand rapt at theContinue reading “Beauty and Color in a Mediterranean Sunset Sky”

9 Shades of Inspiration for Color-Starved Eyes

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.  ~Schumann For anyone who has been to a former Eastern Bloc country in January, you know what gray is. I think there is a whole definition for the shade based on the lack of color in the former-communistContinue reading “9 Shades of Inspiration for Color-Starved Eyes”