Thursday, July 11, 2013

Back Forty Beckoning

We have been sketching and painting with our SVPAP group regularly this summer. This is a pastel I did at Donna Barlup's house.  I was compelled by the sunlight on the back lawn illuminating the grass and the way it was framed by the dark trees.  I love to find magical entries to outdoor rooms! This was one of those spots.  Happy Pennsylvania summer!

"Brit by the Creek"

Liz Gallucci had us over to paint and sketch at her house by the Conodoquinet shortly before yet another summer of 2013 downpour! This is "Brit" her adorable doggie who kept my attention and was a great pal for the hour or two we were there.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Looking back at the Super Moon.

Super Moon June 2013

I was transfixed by the undulations of the edges of the trees while I stared at the powerful light.  Eyes can play tricks....if you let them.    Perception is an entertainment in itself, but to be able to put down, en plein air, all be it at night, is something of a gift from God.  This may sound arrogant, but think about it.  The ability to place pigment on paper and allow that image to represent a perceived real experience is truly a miracle.  Many artists I have spoken to have described the sensation of a power working through them and I am not shy to state that it is a creative drive within me, that if and when I am tuned in, will produce something I can look back at and remember the exact sensations, the exact moment in which I experienced a tremendous clarity and connection with the universe.  At these moments, I am not scared of death, but am open to the possibilities that exist for me to come to a better understanding of acceptance for whatever will be.  Connection with nature allays fears for me.   We are mere mortals, but I will open my mind to all possibilities. In contemplating the expanse of the universe and the concept of infinity, I have always pulled back to a place where I live in shear awe and gratitude for having been able to see for so long.