Padre Nuestro

“Here I come the invisible man, perhaps in the employ

of some huge Memory that wants to live at this moment

from December Evening, ’72, by Tomas Tranströmer

Like many artists, I’ve sometimes wondered why I choose to paint one subject rather than another. What makes a particular street corner or a certain flower attractive, but not a different one? Some years ago in Madrid, on a rainy November afternoon, a surprising answer presented itself. I was walking in the Botanical Gardens, admiring the falling leaves. There was no one else around and the hum of city traffic gradually fell silent. What triggered the epiphany I don’t remember; perhaps it was only rainfall and the colors of trees. But I suddenly realized that, with most paintings, I didn’t choose the subject at all; the subject chose me.

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April Snow

April Snow
Watercolor – 11 x 14 inches.

I admire the strength of daffodils pushing their green fingers up out of the cold earth. The little yellow creatures won’t last long. But as Mary Oliver points out, “I think this is the prettiest world—so long as you don’t mind a little dying….” #artzone #art #contemporaryart #artistsoninstagram #art #arte #contemporarypainting #artforsale #realisticart #fineart #visionaryart #painting #modernart #artist #artdaily #visualpoetry #artlover #kunstwerk #watercolorpainting Source: http://bit.ly/2P1BaPt

Ghosts of Columbus

Sometimes people ask the oddest questions. For example: “Do you draw and paint every day, or only when you are inspired?” What, I wonder, is the assumption underlying the question? That artists laze around, waiting for Inspiration to arrive like a package in the mail from Amazon? My answer is: “I work in the studio five or six days a week. I draw nearly every day and paint as often as possible. If Inspiration happens to visit, I consider myself fortunate.”

But this answer avoids a more interesting implication of the question. What in the world is Inspiration, anyway? I’d like an answer, but I don’t have one; Inspiration is a mystery. However, I have some thoughts about it, but first, let’s have a story.

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