Columbines: Pages From a Sketchbook

Columbines: Sketchbook pages – pencil, watercolor – 8.5 x 11 inches.

There are many ways to cope with anxiety and stress, not all of them good for your health. My favorites are: playing with a dog, walking anywhere — but especially in green places — and drawing. (Oops, I almost forgot to mention red wine and dark chocolate.)

You don’t need much for drawing: some paper, a pencil, and maybe a few colors. Flowers are terrific subjects because you really have to slow down to pay attention to them. The best part is that you don’t have to even finish the drawing. Just paying attention and striving for accuracy does wonders for releasing you from whatever hell you find yourself in.

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A World Above the Clouds

San Gabriel – Acrylic on Masonite – 11 x 14 inches.
A few years ago I unexpectedly lost contact with a friend. She reappeared just as unexpectedly only a few days ago. In addition to playing the harp, camping with her dogs and riding motorcycles, she is also learning to fly airplanes. I painted this image of the world above the clouds years before she was born, but I post it today in gratitude for the renewal of a friendship
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Transparent Reflections

 
Edge of the Elements – Oil on canvas – 72 x 86 inches.
 
On a Spring afternoon in San Francisco not too many years ago, the artist caught a N Judah streetcar on Market St. and rode it, sketchbook in hand, out to the ocean. As he walked back into the city to his studio through Golden Gate Park he noticed a puddle of water and saw in it a meeting of air, water, earth and sun. Hence the title of the painting.
 
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