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The Art of Seeing with an Attitude of Gratitude

    It’s that time again. You know, when we actually reflect on all of our blessings.  With our hurry-up, fast -paced lives, likely most people may not think in such terms very often. In this blog post, I wanted to offer a little background as to the roots of my inspiration, which I am […]

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Reaching for the Light

Follow the light unflinchingly. J.R.R. Tolkien         Have you ever watched a sunrise over water?  Maybe you described the experience as spectacular, awe-inspiring, or simply amazing. It may have seemed as if the light was reaching out directly to where you were. That it is the premise behind this painting in progress. […]

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Where Will the Path Lead?

How does a walk in an autumn woods make you feel?  Do you ever feel like you want the glorious colors of fall to last longer? If you are like me,  you are always a bit dismayed every fall to suddenly see all the leaves have fallen-practically overnight! By bringing a little fall into your […]

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Autumn Introspection

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”  ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables   What do you think makes for the ideal autumn day? Are there certain prerequisites involved for you? Whether your ideal day includes tailgating, football,  fall festivals, or just walking in the woods, no doubt you enjoy the […]

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Over the Bridge

  Everyone speaks well of the bridge which carries him over. ~Unknown   What image comes to mind when you think of the word bridge? It is likely not everyone would have the same picture in mind. Bridges have long been iconic symbols of our past , metaphors for life, as well as a mode […]

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In My Neck of the Woods: Local Inspiration

Follow my blog with Bloglovin A Sense of Place: Where’s the inspiration? It was a seemingly ordinary day. Slightly overcast sky…not really sunny… perfect for a landscape artist seeking inspiration.   

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The Art of Inspiration

  Dawn sent shimmering rays over the placid ocean, bestowing a golden path from the shore to the horizon.   What inspires you? Take a moment and really think about it. If I phrase the question differently…is there a certain time and place that inspires you? For many people, an early morning beach sunrise fits […]

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The Commissioned Artwork Process

Have you ever looked at piece of artwork and wondered how it might look in your home? Perhaps you may have wondered if you could get a piece similar to this customized.   Or perhaps you’ve considered having a painting commissioned but were uncertain as to the process. Hopefully, after reading this post you will…

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The Art of Destiny

Do you have a favorite vacation place?  Think about where you feel most centered. If you could relive memories everyday of that special location, would you do it? Upon reflection, if your favorite place involves a beach certain words may come to mind. Blissful. Relaxing. Carefree. Serene. Calming… These words may describe that the sense […]

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The Art of Discovery-Marsh Life 

  “I have an immoderate passion for water; for the sea, though so vast, so restless, so beyond one’s comprehension; for rivers, beautiful, yet fugitive and elusive; but especially for marshes, teeming with all that mysterious life of the creatures that haunt them. A marsh is a whole world within a world, a different world, […]

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