Entries from September 23rd, 2015

Wabi-sabi Cuba

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Pond

The Pond

24″ x 24″

I’m back from Cuba and working on a more comprehensive post about how the experience impacted me. In the meanwhile, the textures and general wabi-sabi nature of the Cuban landscape, people, and dwellings helped me loosen up with this newest painting, “The Pond.”

Historically, I’ve struggled with leaving my paintings exposed and unrefined, yet these were exactly the elements I found so beautiful about Cuba. So I’m challenging myself to let my work retain a more raw state of being, at least for now.

Here’s the source photo. I snapped this picture while I was out at a work retreat at Casa Micanopy. The final painting looks nothing like this, of course, but it provided just the right amount of inspiration and ambiguity to get me into the process.

The Pond source photo


Stretching towards Cuba

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Uncertain Owls

Tomorrow morning, I’m leaving for a week in Cuba. I’m looking forward to the growth that comes from being out of my comfort zone and experiencing new people, geography, birds, trees, food, dance, and even difficulty. I finally managed to pack light, too–something I’ve learned from several trips this summer. In the end, space may be one of our most precious commodities.

Art-wise, I’m bringing my small square sketchbook, a field watercolor set, some ink pens, and a journal, and the fabulous book Creativity, Inc., which I learned about from Brene Brown‘s new book, Rising Strong. I won’t have internet at all, which will be a gift I’m sure.

On a personal note, I just published a satirical article about my adventures in online dating on Medium, which, if interested, you can read here.

Also, if you’re in town and interested, I’ll be facilitating a retreat at Casa Micanopy on Art and Process on Saturday, October 24th, from 9am-3pm. I’ll try to share everything I think is important in starting an art practice–in particular, how to keep the demon doubts at bay so you can get down to the rewarding work of play. Please let me know if you’re interested and I’ll hold you a spot–the cost is $60.

I hope you have a great week, and I look forward to sharing sketches, paintings, photos, and insights/growth opportunities when I return.

Here’s to life, art, friends, support, travel, yoga (I can’t recommend the new Searchlight Yoga highly enough), discomfort, love, uncertainty, and all the rest.

Thanks for your support and for reading this blog.



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