View over Prague from the Castle: New Oil Painting

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton The Best of Intentions: Oil Painting Have you ever started a project and then life gets in the way? This seems to happen every time a fun project comes up, whether it’s a book I can’t wait to readContinue reading “View over Prague from the Castle: New Oil Painting”

American Gothic by Grant Wood

“Technique does not constitute art. Nor is it a vague, fuzzy romantic quality known as ‘beauty,’ remote from the realities of everyday life. It is the depth and intensity of an artist’s experience that are the first importance in art.” – Grant Wood [quoted in “Grant Wood Revisited,” Midwest Today, April/May 1996]   American GothicContinue reading “American Gothic by Grant Wood”

My Latest Oil Painting, of Positano, Italy

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”- Pablo Picasso In 2012, my family and I drove south from Prague, over the Alps, through Tuscany, past Rome and Naples, and found the most beautiful place along the Amalfi Coast of Italy. We spent a week there in a tiny town called Praiano, in aContinue reading “My Latest Oil Painting, of Positano, Italy”

A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen” -Leonardo da Vinci     Ten Years of Oil Painting on Canvas Just over ten years ago, I bought my first handful of oil paint tubes, trio of brushes, and a big white canvas. I didn’tContinue reading “A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas”

What It Means to Be an Artist: 8 Truths on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from I ALWAYS LOVED YOU

Art is a mystery. From my first memories, I’ve always loved to draw, to write, to create. I still do, and write and paint regularly, daily. But as I’ve grown older, I wonder about art — the why and how behind it, and often, the meaning. Creating is hard. Art is important. To be anContinue reading “What It Means to Be an Artist: 8 Truths on Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt from I ALWAYS LOVED YOU”

6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” -J.M. Barrie (creator of Peter Pan) There are winters, and then there are winters. I’m talking about the latter. These winters are the kind that solidify the blood in our veins and make us stronger people, in general. I believe that; I do.Continue reading “6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter”

Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging and a Giveaway

 In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways. – Edith Wharton, novelist (1862 – 1937)   Five years ago, in November ofContinue reading “Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging and a Giveaway”

A Book, a Painting, a Garden, and Some Summer Reads

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when peopleContinue reading “A Book, a Painting, a Garden, and Some Summer Reads”

Work and Living, En Plein Air

“The basis of human happiness is the possibility to be together with nature, to see it and to talk to it.” –Leo Tolstoy As I type these words, I sit outside on the patio tucked into the back corner of our house near Prague. Bees buzz lazily around the dainty blue catmint and fading lavenderContinue reading “Work and Living, En Plein Air”

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”