Being An Artist Articles

The Nearness of Angels

The Nearness of Angels

  The studio, almost midnight, my young cat leaps on the windowsill and yowls at the full moon.Ocean breeze wafts the linen curtains. A distant train sounds its horn as it rattles over the bridge near my old river home. It thunders over the remnants of the road built...

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Ten For a Bird, Not to Be Missed

Ten For a Bird, Not to Be Missed

  Twenty-Two years ago today was the last day I saw my father alive. Soon after, in the early hours after midnight, he succumbed to a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 63. The age I am now. Today I walked the beach through the sea mist in communion with his spirit....

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The Memory of Birdsong

The Memory of Birdsong

  A childhood roaming waterways where tall grasses grew inspired Birdsong. Red-wing blackbirds trilling in the springtime. Showy males, swaying high atop bending reeds, flashing their scarlet badges. I created this painting for my show at Hughes Gallery, opening...

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Softly, You Whisper

Softly, You Whisper

  I was sitting on the steps in the April sun, following the breeze through a field of yellow, pink and white wildflowers. Or was I dreaming of a faraway sea? Wherever I am, softly, you whisper. Inspiration is divine. A gift to cherish and not squander. It...

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Artist Story Tellers

Artist Story Tellers

  During this pandemic, I’ve been riffling through my 30 year collection of sketchbooks for bird inspiration and found stories and spoonbills. This Roseate Spoonbill egg tempera painting is a pair I observed and sketched in a quiet southern estuary decades ago....

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The Peace of Wild Things

The Peace of Wild Things

  In January 2020, my solo show opened at Hughes Gallery and I was swinging my brush for a summer show at Cheryl Newby Gallery, that included these 2 egg tempera paintings, I’m With Him, and I’m With Her. Then the world upended. Among the artist tribe, daily...

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The Beckoning Sea

The Beckoning Sea

  The beckoning sea wind assures me that this too shall pass. Grand friends will gather on porches of seaside houses and around sizzling grills, making happy memories. Our cares cast aside for another day. If we only knew when. Whether I accept or deny it, the reality...

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May Twilight in the Time of Covid-19

May Twilight in the Time of Covid-19

  May Twilight is one of 14 paintings I delivered to Cheryl Newby Gallery in South Carolina for my Summer Show. The exhibition runs from June 27 to July 25. It was my first trip since Covid -19. I took extra precautions on the road and practiced the 3 W's recommended...

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Egg Tempera Painting of a Brown Pelican

Egg Tempera Painting of a Brown Pelican

  This sweet little egg tempera painting of a brown pelican just makes me smile. It is resting on my easel now along with other birds that I am painting for a show. It measures 7 by 5 inches wide. I think it looks nice, unframed... perhaps perched on a mini easel. It...

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