Technicolor world

"It's all a matter of keeping my eyes open."Annie Dillard

Artists and other creative types are trained to look around. As a matter of fact, I credit my passion for art with my love of nature, and vice versa.  I've always been very grateful that I do take notice of the world around me; the skies and oceans fascinate me, and the mountains call me. Every month has its beauty: the stark simplicity of winter and snow; the new life abounding in color in the spring; the lush greens of summer; and the rich tones of autumn. All are unique, and if we look we will find amazing things. I've gotten in the habit of having my cell phone with me always, so I can capture a perfect moment in nature and, eventually, convert it to a painting.

So challenge yourself to get in the habit of looking around you and engaging all of your senses. You never know where it might lead you creatively; go paint or write about a sunset; smell the salt air at the beach and try to capture it on paper or canvas. Your life will be the richer for it.


"Poppies, Isle of Shoals"   ~ Childe Hassam, American Impressionist

"Poppies, Isle of Shoals"  ~ Childe Hassam, American Impressionist