This is the third in the Peony series. Yesterday's post hinted at the presence of the gift of all the goodness in our lives, today's painting spells it right out! There is no mistaking a gift with a ribbon..Perhaps when we dwell on the gifts we take for granted, they may prove to be the sweetest, of all.
The peonies have held up well for the week, and this is the second of three in this series. They are opening gently and their subtle aroma, color and shape shifts are enthralling. Peonies have an elegance all their own.
The Light of My Life is You 6 x 6'' Oil on Gessobord
I felt it would be nice to get into the spirit of Christmas early this year. Focusing on everyday things and favorite memories pulled out of the closet each year, I am reminded that it's family that is the greatest gift of all.
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The 'set wave!' makes the biggest splash on the rocks and the one the painters and photographers keep their eye out for. The radiance of the water in the afternoon sun was such fun to go out for. When painting at the beach, you can't help but feel invigorated!
Ok, so what I mean is that I was in Florence, like Sargent! This
summer I was thrilled to see the show ''John Singer Sargent and the
Impressionists in Italy'' at the Palazzo Strozzi. What a joy to see so
many great paintings in a place where few tourists would go, just a few
blocks from the Duomo!
This interior scene was in the convent where we
stayed, so I set up a few things similar to Mr. Sargent's glowing
interior painting, The Hotel Room. I bow to his great genius, and offer my homage. All of Sargent's paintings can be viewed at www.johnsingersargent.org.
I felt so grateful to spend an afternoon in this mountain plateau in
Italy this summer. It is indeed more heavenly than you can imagine.
Castelluccio is about 30 miles northeast of Assisi. Passing through
Norcia, and up winding roads we imagined Ferraris would test-drive, our
breath was taken away when we reached the overlook of the valley below.
I had to summon all my inner-patience as we made our way down to park
in the valley floor. We visually dove into the poppies, rapeseed
flowers, and wildflowers. Again and again we praised those who had the
vision to cultivate this land, and to the Creator for manifesting this
fertile and gorgeous site.
Dodging the clouds and sunspots kept us in suspense all day, waiting
for the perfect Divine Lighting to add spotlights to the scene!
These soft peach colored roses were found glowing in the Umbrian Sun. The stones that make up Assisi are a duller version of this roses' color. The memory of a beautiful morning walk is hidden in the scent receptors of my brain and the thought or sight of a rose can cause a joyous rush through those pathways!
What a superb time I enjoyed in Italy! There was an abundance of
everything one could imagine, flowers, fruit, artworks, holiness, and
lush vistas. My heart was opened to the kindness of souls and the
centuries-old hardworking spirit of honoring and co-creating with
This doorway, like so many in Assisi, transports me to another state
of mind...where freedom and expansion reigns, and the awareness that we
carry that portal within us at all times. "Knock, and the door shall
I'm feeling like the owner of a sailboat named ''Dream Catcher''.
I'm about to sail off for a dream to Italy. I'll be posting again in
July with sketches of distant lands, breezes that have combed my hair,
and hopefully a treasure or two! Wish you were with me.
I follow a blog called Tialys. An English woman who lives in Provence and shares her passion for vintage finds. She posted this iris and I used it for a painting demo this weekend. I think Irises and Rembrandt are at the top of my 'Dutch Masterpieces' list! 8x10 Oil on Canvas $250.
Today's drizzly San Diego weather conjures up a desire for Vietnamese Hot & Sour Soup! Instead of getting the cookbook out, I made 'visual soup' with shiny glass, silken onion skins, and a creamy white cloth. I hope you enjoy the taste.
6x6''- Oil on Panel- $135.
Yesterday the phone just happened to take these photos, I confess, at the San Diego Musuem's Art Alive Event. The best florists in town come to interpret the art in floral displays and it always is a joy to behold. I hope I don't have to pay dearly for this art theft crime. One look was not enough!
These roses have come from my friends garden. Spring comes faithfully to bring us Her gifts, and remind us of the energy that is resurrected, recycled, and retained by the Universe.
Throughout art history, designing with roses bring a richness and challenge all it's own...we can only approximate their beauty, really!
Taken from the title of Paramahansa Yogananda's interpretation of ''The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, this drink refers to Spiritual Wisdom that make the seeker 'drunk with ecstasy'. That's my kind of wine press!
The fields where the poppies hide have 'called my name' a number of times since I first saw them. I hope there will be some stray blooms when our group is there mid-June. By necessity, I have become pretty satisfied with painting them, and letting my imagination go for a walk.
Here's #3 in the Koi series. Like all the 'fish' in my life, I have enjoyed being with them.
These will be displayed in an Oak Craftsman style frame, as a triptych, at Craftsman Revival in Solana Beach. Tomorrow I'll post them side by side by side.