"What I know for Sure" #paint52

Submersed In Color SOLD

The late Gene Siskel would ask, “What do you know for sure?” in his guest celebrities interviews, which inspired Oprah to write a monthly column “What I know for sure”, finding it a great way for her to take stock of her life.  This is “What I know for Sure” now celebrating my halfway point, twenty-six paintings, towards my #paint52 challenge.  

Mr. Oil is my first love, but I am becoming great friends with Ms. Acrylic.

Painting gives me energy.

 I realize that fear in the studio is a good thing.       

Inspiration shows up when doing the creating.

Show up!         

When in production mode, I become less attached to the painting.  Now I say “Next”.

Quantity produces Quality.

Resistance is the enemy.

I’m not so bad with color; in fact it may be my gift.

My art and my spirit are connected.   

Good things happen when you stretch yourself.

Your art needs to be seen.

Honor yourself and honor your commitment.          

  I’m going to complete 52 paintings this year.

*"Submersed In Color", twenty-sixth painting of #paint52 challenge, mesures 8-1/2" X 8-1/2", Atelier Interactive Acrylic on vellum, price $150. SOLD

Do You See What I See?


Cezanne's Vision

My color theory teacher and I were both looking out the window gazing at the tree limbs?  It was the first time that I experienced the idea of Color Seeing, which was originally introduced by Hawthorne at the “Cape Cod School of Art”.  Hawthorne was a contemporary of Monet and took his color seeing a step further.  As my teacher and I were both looking at the same tree, he discovered a bluish note, but I thought it was more reddish.  He said he noticed that I tended to see colors much warmer then him. 

Does each person see color differently?  Could this be a result of acuity, age or even drugs?  I heard that Van Gogh had lead poisoning, which caused him to see halos around objects, as well as the digitalis that he took for Epilepsy caused a yellow aura and yellow spots in his vision.  Could this be a result of his “Yellow Period”?

Did Renoir’s myopic vision in his later years cause him to produce brighter colors, primarily reds and oranges, with thicker and sketchier strokes? 

Monet’s cataracts caused yellowing and darkening of the lense of his eye, thus influenced his painting to be muddied and blurred.  There was an interesting paper written by Michael F. Marmor, MD, Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, “Ophthalmology and Art: Simulation of Monet’s Cataracts and Degas’ Retinal Disease", that gives you the visuals of what he suspects were the recreated vision of both these artists.

Food for thought, that we as artists are not only affected by style preference, and eye hand coordination, but extremely affected by our vision and how we see the world. 

*This is my twenty-fifth painting of my paint 52 challenge, measures 30" X 30" Atelier Acrylic and Oil on Museum wrapped canvas (no need for framing), price $2250 SOLD.  Thank you so much for following my journey.

It's All In The Details

The Day of the Eucalyptus
The Day of the Eucalyptus


Have you ever noticed a painting within a painting in your creations, or other artist’s creations?  They can be quite inspiring.  In fact, my teacher has taken many of his paintings that don’t work, and chops them up to find little masterpieces.


Detail of "Day of the Eucalyptus"
Detail of "Day of the Eucalyptus"


Many times my Internet viewers have told me my art shows so much better in person.  One reason for this observation is everyone’s computer will experience different color; some are warmer, cooler brighter or duller, but another reason it is you perceive the painting as a whole not as its parts.  It is difficult to see the fine nuances of texture, elevation, stroke and layers of color on the Internet.

Detail of "Day of the Eucalyptus"

If you find me in a gallery, you will see my face very close to the art.  I love to become the fly on the wall, discover all the secrets, the genius of other artists.  This can only be found by being very close as well as the unity discovered when standing afar.

Detail of "Day of the Eucalyptus"

The images above are details of my painting “Day of the Eucalyptus”.  “Day of the Eucalyptus” is my twenty-fourth painting of my #paint52 challenge, measures 15” X 15”, Atelier Interactive Acrylic and oil on vellum, price $525.

Thank you again for taking the time to visit my blog and leave your wonderful comments.

Only But A Dream


Only But A Dream
Only But A Dream

I do my best thinking while on the treadmill, the repetitive walking, stomp, stomp, stomp forces me to connect to the “greater mind” and receive my best ideas. It brought me to a question, “why do I have a need to paint vivid color?

I heard a quote today from Iyanla Vanzant, “Our eyes adjust to the level of deficiency present.” As our vision is obscured, we become accustomed to our everyday way of thinking, preventing us from exploring outside our comfort zone.  

And yet, could it be that there is a lot more that is going on around us daily that we are unable to see and don’t have the level of consciousness to understand?

While painting Plein Air, a person came over to me perturbed as if I made a terrible mistake, “I don’t see that color!” Of course his untrained eye only knew local color and was unable to see what was actually there.

Taking it a step further my painting goes beyond local color and hopefully like a strong cup of coffee, WAKES YOU UP! 

This is my 22nd painting for my #paint52 Challenge, measures approx. 9-1/2 " x  9-1/2", Atelier Interactive Acrylic on vellum*. Price $190.00

*Vellum is archival, a heavy paper resembles the thickness of mat board.

The Trees of Wisdom

Tree Wisdom


The Tree’s Wisdom

Finding our power within

Learning from nature

A canopy of strength

Roots tamper the earths crust

Discovering the spirit of life

Calling our name

Calling our soul

Ending our strife


This is my 21st painting of my #paint52 challenge.  The painting measures 24" X 36", medium Daniel Smith Oil and Atelier Interactive Acrylic on museum wrapped canvas.  No need to frame. Price $2160 plus freight.

*My tree paintings are teaching me.