“Impermanence”

IMG_2223“Impermanence”, mixed media, 50″x 70″

Impermanence is a Buddhist belief expressing that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient.

While on my morning walks through the woods I am always watchful for the small changes that are always happening in nature along the trail. The light is always changing, I find rocks that have tumbled down onto the path, the stream sometimes runs high, sometimes it is almost dry. Everything is in a constant state of either growth or decay. It’s fascinating to observe and I wanted to capture that sense of change and the passage of time in this painting. As I was working, I kept thinking of this quote that I thought was also based in Buddhism but turned out to be from Heraclitus (ca. 540-480BC):

“Everything changes but change itself. Everything flows and nothing remains the same……You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

To everyone who has noted how much my work has changed over the years, I can only say that it was inevitable. I am not the same person I was ten or five or even one year ago. My work will also change again so just enjoy the journey.

Happy New Year!

thefirstgreenisgold“The First Green is Gold”

I have to admit that I am really excited about 2017. Last year was a quiet year for me, full of experimentation and a fair amount of uncertainty in the studio. There were a lot of questions about how to move my work forward. With the new year, I feel like I have more answers and more focus about what I’m doing.  Some of you may be surprised by where I’m headed but I think you’ll really enjoy where 2017 is going.  My latest painting, “The First Green is Gold”, is drying on the easel, representing another step down the new path I’m on. I love painting and I love photography. I love being in my studio but also hiking through the woods with my dog. 2017 is finally going to bring all these favorites together with bigger, braver work than I’ve done before. I am happy to be able to share this journey with you and hope you’ll follow along in 2017! Happy New Year!

Two steps forward, one step back

My favorite new quote is from Edgar Degas. He once said, “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do”. Isn’t that the truth! The last two months have been very busy in the studio but also a challenge. I’ve been pushing myself to try new ideas but sometimes they don’t turn out as expected. I’ve had four different paintings going. Two I threw away and two I’ve decided to keep working at. It’s slow going, I’m not the kind of painter who completes something everyday or even every week. Ideally, I’d love to make only 4 or 5 great, great paintings a year but the pace of our world today may not take kindly to that. November isn’t the usual time for resolutions but, I’ve been away from posting for a while now and today seemed like a good day to promise to do a better job of letting everyone know what I’m working on and where I’ve been. Keep checking back, I’m not the best at social media or blogging but every once in a while I’ll treat you to something new, fresh off the easel!

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“A New Path…..”

trailAlmost every morning, whether it’s hot and sunny or cold and snowy, I take my dog walking in the woods for about an hour. That time spent on the trail is one of my most favorite parts of the day. I’ve always used it as a time to clear my head, reorganize my thoughts, breathe some fresh air, and just appreciate the beauty around me. Autumn where I live is exceptionally beautiful as the landscape transitions from it’s summer green into it’s fall colors. It seems an appropriate time for me to make a transition in my work as well. This departure from my usual figurative painting happened because when I really stopped and thought about what I wanted people to feel when they saw my work – peacefulness and serenity – I felt pulled more and more towards nature. I’ve made paintings about these things before and am now just coming to them down a different path. It’s a path inspired by all those miles I’ve walked through the woods and I will have new work to share very soon!

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