When life gives you lemons, draw them, 11 x 14 inches dry pastels, graphite on paper

"When life gives you lemons, draw them". (Nikki)

"Trust your intuition, it's just like goin' fishin'; you cast your line 'til you get a bite." (Paul Simon)

"Color! What a deep and mysterious language..." (Paul Gauguin)

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Nature Insists

Sunday, January 13th, 2008


Nature Insists, growth through rock, North Carolina - 9 x 12 inches Graphite, W/C pencils, Dry Pastel

Nature Insists, growth through rock, North Carolina – 9H x 12W inches graphite, W/C pencils, dry pastel on paper, wood frame with antique crackle finish, 22H x 26W inches total


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Takkakaw Falls

Saturday, January 12th, 2008


Takkakaw Falls, Yoho National Park near Field BC Canada, 12H x 9W inch watercolor and graphite study from antique books of hand-colored Vandyck Photogravures of Canadian Rocky Mountains scenery. Study, private collection. Cards only

Takkakaw Falls, Yoho Valley, B.C.  830 feet high, said to be the most impressive waterfalls in North America next to Niagara. 12 x 9 inches graphite, watercolors, based on antique Vandyck photos of the Canadian Rockies.


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Mt. Assiniboine

Friday, January 11th, 2008


Mt. Assiniboine, Alberta 12H x 9W inch watercolor and graphite study from antique books of hand-colored "Vandyck Photogravures" of Canadian Rocky Mountains scenery, cards only

Mt. Assiniboine, about forty miles southwest of Banff, Alberta. 12H x 9W inch watercolor and graphite, study only.
Available as set of ten signed 4 x 6 inch signed cards with envelopes.

I inherited some charming antique books of hand-colored “Vandyck Photogravures” of Canadian Rocky Mountains scenery as it was at the turn of the twentieth century. The monotone sepia and few other pale colors add such a warmth to the already beautiful scenery in the 1910 photographs, and since I haven’t tried watercolors for years I thought they would make perfect studies.


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What Oak leaves in Texas do in January

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

What Oak leaves do in January

During the Christmas season the Oak leaves on the tree in our front yard were bright orange-red, and have only dropped during the past two days, whereas other years they would have fallen mid-December. While raking yesterday, the proudest of all begged for portraits!

What Oak leaves do in January

Sky Diver

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Sky Diver - Basil stem and roots - Photography, digital manipulation

Sky Diver- Basil stem and roots (this is the last of the root-sculptures  for a while I think) – this one has a thick stem, removed with PaintShop Pro.


Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Confidence - tomato stem and roots garden sculpture

Confidence, tomato stem and roots garden sculpture

More roots

Monday, January 7th, 2008

Basil stem and roots - “Fear”

Fear, another root-system garden sculpture from a Basil stem and roots.

Winter Drama

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

Oak leaf, photography January 2008
There are an incredible variety of oak trees common in Texas. Here, a Gambel Oak leaf blew into our yard, and the tree is no where in the vicinity!  The winter light casts long dramatic shadows around 11:15 a.m.

Out with the old, In with the old!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Captionless Cartoon by Saul Steinberg, 1961 My studio is filled with all the things I love, including inspirational images and shelves of favorite objects. I still have Art supplies that I used in Grade 2, and hang on to various space-consuming materials like too much cardboard and a bulk of previous work. All this needs paring down at least once a year, and it’s always enlightening to sort through.

Rediscovering things long-forgotten, like this cartoon by Saul Steinberg (1961) that drew my attention years ago, I spot links and relevancy to my recent work, revelations about short and long-term goals, and patterns of recurring themes I still wish to explore.

One immediate association that comes to mind through Steinberg’s cartoon is how our visual sense speaks a language of its own, even completely on its own.  For an artist, what a boost to take a second glance at how powerful images can be. We have high unrealistic expectations for words, speech, and logic alone; as if they are complete and final once expressed and need always be perfect. Beyond that, it’s a curious thing how, even if we speak the exact same language, words can fall short, be misinterpreted or misunderstood.  Personally, I’m grateful to rely on a creative drive that allows for infinite forms of expression.

In our progressive age of high technology and wireless everything, it’s the Human factor that now needs refining. We still need to develop the abilities to effectively communicate with each other. Intrinsic to the intense desire to communicate, creativity thrives… always has and always will. The power of our emotions, usually given values of negative or positive, are all rather the same when it comes to Art and creativity: they become useful in learning, as a means to transformation and going beyond our own personal limitations.

What I thought was going to be a simple tidying and organizing of the studio became a surprising source for renewed perspective and motivation. I highly recommend it, but you will probably be sidetracked by all the old pictures!

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