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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Beckoning bridges

"We need bridges," 5 x 7 watercolor holiday card

Bridges seem to beckon, especially in a  year  and autumn and the coming winter like this, of pandemic, racism and political chaos like this.

They bespeak of the unknown, of adventure, of possible change, of hope, of passing time. They beckon you to step onto them, to cross them, to just see. 

Today's watercolor, beckoning to sanctuary, to new life from the midst of seasons of dying and death. We need bridges.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Solitude Season


"Season of Solitude," 5 x 7 watercolor holiday card

October dims in the calendar, and the days get shorter.

In this season of pandemic quarantines, political chaos and hatred, it's easy to feel alone, cut off from the world. It's tough mentally and emotionally on adults, but I can't imagine what this is doing to children. I hope they are more resilient.

My imagination turns to the solitude of the Great Plains, especially in the "Solitude Season" of the coming deep winter.

In contrast to this current season of feeling cooped up, stranded in life during beautiful weather, I usually treasure the coming season, when solitude means loved ones, good books, warm food, fond pets, beckoning fireplaces and time to enjoy them.

Thus today's watercolor, when the season is a gate of memories.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Beckoning the Muse

"El Santuario," 5 x 7 watercolor holiday greeting card

a cure for feeling cooped up  as a cold front arrives on a cloudy day. 
Beckon the muse, which includes an early  walk in the park when it's quiet with few people, where you can use your senses to connect with nature.
Then it's easier to let the muse beckon, thinking of other places  you'd rather be, back to memories and favorite places.
Pick up the brush and start painting, and the muse answers.
Thus today's watercolor, of El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico site of the miraculous curing earth, painted many times. 
But today, for a holiday card, it helped me get started on more cards, curing malaise as I worked out the problems and remembered our great times there. Just wish we were there now. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Halloween Goodies


going to be a different kind of Halloween this year, but it's still a time of fun amid pandemic...all you have to do is look at the various yard decorations cropping up everywhere.

In that spirit, here are three one of a kind "treats" for the season, 5 x 7 watercolors, matted and in cellophane ready to frame, for gifts, a party  or just fun.

 Now for sale, just $29 each,  beginning tomorrow afternoon at In Your Eye Studio and Gallery in Paseo Arts District. 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Holiday card season begins

"Tis the Season," two 5 x 7 watercolor cards

that time of year when I begin painting cards for Christmas holidays.

I learn much from doing these, because they keep me from being uptight, though that is still a problem on larger paintings. And they push my imagination to be different.