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”

Creating Beauty: It Matters

“Make your tiny corner of the world beautiful, even for one brief, anonymous moment. It matters.” – Nichole Nordeman Creating Beauty: It Matters A couple of weeks ago, I looked through photos on Instagram and saw a photo taken by Nichole Nordeman in the O’Hare Airport in Chicago. She had been stranded there on herContinue reading “Creating Beauty: It Matters”

Portfolio: the Amazing Places My Photography Has Gone

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” – Ansel Adams Photography is a joy to me. I’ve written about it here many times. It restoresContinue reading “Portfolio: the Amazing Places My Photography Has Gone”

Inspiration for the Artist: The Gift by Lewis Hyde

“The artist appeals to that part of our being …which is a gift and not an acquisition — and, therefore, more permanently enduring.” – Joseph Conrad In January, I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s BIG MAGIC, on the art of creative living. I loved it, made notes, shared it at GreatNewBooks.org, and noted one of the booksContinue reading “Inspiration for the Artist: The Gift by Lewis Hyde”

5 Reasons Coldplay’s Concerts Are the Best

“Look at the stars, look how they shine for you…” – “Yellow” from Parachutes, Coldplay It’s no secret I’m a Coldplay fan. Well, maybe not even a fan — their songs and albums form a large part of the soundtrack of my life. I blame it on “Clocks.” It’s genius, I think — played onContinue reading “5 Reasons Coldplay’s Concerts Are the Best”

My Favorite Spot on the Charles Bridge, Prague

“There is something particularly fascinating about seeing places you know in a piece of art – be that in a film, or a photograph, or a painting.” ― Sara Sheridan I wanted to share a photograph for Light, an innovative new camera company, and their Vantage Point project displaying the best shots of a favorite place inContinue reading “My Favorite Spot on the Charles Bridge, Prague”

Georgia by Dawn Tripp: a Must-Read Book of 2016

Georgia I remember the first time I came across Georgia O’Keeffe in high school art class. Her paintings of Southwestern-themed landscapes and cow skulls made an impression, but the color-saturated forms of her flower close-ups are images I can still see in my head. Her work is unique, brilliant. I love her poppies, their giganticContinue reading “Georgia by Dawn Tripp: a Must-Read Book of 2016”

Big Magic and the Art of Creative Living

“We all need something that helps us to forget ourselves for a while — to momentarily forget our age, our gender, our socioeconomic background, our duties, our failures, and all that we have lost and screwed up… Perhaps creativity’s greatest mercy is this: By completely absorbing our attention for a short and magical spell, itContinue reading “Big Magic and the Art of Creative Living”

My 10 Favorite Photos of 2015

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld At the end of a year, I have a tradition of going back through my favorite photographs I’ve taken in that year. On this blog, I have several years on record. In 2009 through 2013,Continue reading “My 10 Favorite Photos of 2015”

4 Things I Love This February

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell Winter is an enchanted time for me. I love the cold, dark nights and days of frost and snow (though theContinue reading “4 Things I Love This February”