Friday, October 29, 2010


Pueblo Peak
I feel like a pitcher half empty.  Give oneself the time to think and reflect.  That brings a relaxation into the next stroke of the brush..the next shape that evolves.  Reading E.B.White.  These are three I have thought about a lot this week.

" Where there is an unknowable there is a promise."

" The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind."

" Be obscure clearly."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mother Nature Speaks Today

a week of friends, sharing, mother nature reminding one of her strength, and looking inward for inspiration, for gathering thoughts, for staying warm, for finding other ways to let go and let it be ----

A favorite quote of mine from Allan Houser to his students...but it pertains to all of us who are perpetual students.

"As soon as you can, find yourself,
your own way of expressing what you want to say.
Eventually it will come, and you will have your own identity then, and you will start creating things that you feel deeply about inside."

Thursday, October 14, 2010


The image of the pulley taking out the miners in the San Jose mine gave me ideas to put to canvas  in the next weeks ahead.  The light in the shaft below, the circular wheel, the strength of the iron pillars.  I was moved by watching the repeated mechanics of this machine bringing out human life.  The images of the mine workers and their families leads to an old African proverb:
Desert Starlight
"Let us take care of the children, for they have a long way to go.  Let us take care of the elders, for they have come a long way.  Let us take care of those in between, for they are doing the work. "

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Glorious Light

Coyote Moon

The light seared the fields this early afternoon--white was never whiter and the leaves are beginning to sing.  Listened to two IWP writers this afternoon.  The imagery they use motivates my own.

Just finished reading "Driftless" by David Rhodes.  Layers upon layers of sentiment and visual landscape paintings.  One feels they are there and often looking in, but also participating. 

Heading for Amana tomorrow morning to take in another fall day before it is put to rest.

Yesterday is history
 Tomorrow a mystery, but today is a gift.
That's why they call it "the present"  --Jiri Kylian

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

UPCOMING GROUP SHOW - Images of the Southwest

Michael Johnson, black and white photographer, Marcia Wegman, pastel artist and myself look at the Southwestern landscape.  The show is a part of Iowa City 2010 Fall Gallery Walk and is on view at MidWestOne Bank at 102 South Clinton.  Opening is: Friday, October 8 from 5-8PM.

The show will continue to December 15.  Hours are 9-5 Mon.-Fri.

Fall shows its glorious face as it bids farewell to summer.  The urge to nest is coming on,so that means more time in the studio!   It also means "oatmeal" time!

"Don't be distracted from distractions by distractions." T.S.Eliot