Being An Artist Articles

Three of a Kind – Roseate Spoonbills

Three of a Kind – Roseate Spoonbills

  Three Roseate Spoonbills painted in egg tempera. Egg tempera dates back more than two thousand years. I grind the pigments and mix them with egg and water to make paint that will last for centuries. My self-taught painting technique involves a long layering,...

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What Have We Forgotten?

What Have We Forgotten?

  Sipping coffee on the patio, enjoying the solace of the morning sun, scrolling through the tiny screen in my hand. Email, Instagram, Facebook, texting, a word game I am playing with my sister, all compete for my attention. The addictive altar of the 21st century. A...

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A Note of Appreciation

A Note of Appreciation

  I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits. This missive is part of a letter I'm sending to friends and family instead of a card this holiday season. A note of appreciation, along with bits of what I have been up to this past year. This bird sketch is one...

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Walking the Ancient Paths

Walking the Ancient Paths

  This egg tempera is one of the paintings that I’ve been working on over the summer. I intended to paint birds flying over the shoreline, titling it Night Flyers. Or I may save the idea for a large oil painting. I found this bird of paradise flower placed beside a...

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Sea Light, a Gift from Memory or Muse

Sea Light, a Gift from Memory or Muse

  Sea Light is a new egg tempera painting that just came off the easel. It flowed from my brush, a gift from memory or muse. Which one is a mystery to me, I have been doing this for a long time; you know. Imagining paintings. All my painting life I have wondered where...

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Something About That Day

Something About That Day

  The wind has subsided, and the sky is clearing over a calmed sea. Birds are returning to feeders and grasslands after tropical storm Nicole tore through Florida, weeks after Hurricane Ian. I filed away my impressions of the storms in my visual memory bank. Ideas to...

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Firewheel

Firewheel

  This egg tempera painting Firewheel, is titled after a summer blooming flower that grows in the beach dunes. It's also known as Indian Blanket. It attracts butterflies and is salt and drought tolerant and great for a garden. You can see it in the bottom right corner...

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Resting Birds

Resting Birds

  Every year for the last ten years, I have been going to Maine to paint. Out on the rocks, or in a cove, painting and making memories with my great friends rejuvenates my spirits. Except this year. This summer, I only made it to Maine in my mind. Instead, I have been...

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