New Original In The Shop

“Lakeside Blue Hour, Dusk”

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Inspired by a secret getaway place of mine.

Tucked away, where very few even know, is a dreamy lake spot, complete with floating dock. It is minutes from my home, and open to the public. (Hence, I keep its location a top secret.) I go there to sketch and unwind and exhale and dream. I go there at all times of the day, but my favorite by far is just after sundown, during that summertime “blue hour”.

18x24” original, rendered in acrylic, conte, charcoal, and soft pastel, signed in my “signature” soft gold. This painting, and its luscious print (I truly wish you could see both, side by side!) are available here in my shop.

A big thank you to each of my collectors. The fact that you allow me to be one of your family’s artist-makers is never lost on me. It is a wonder and a privilege, with every original and print sold.

The Art of the Middle (...and Laura McCollough's Art and Faith Creative Retreats...}

Given the fact that I didn’t pick up a paintbrush until I was middle age - well past my mid-forties, and I am only now almost 52 - it can seem like a kind of miracle that I traveled to Bellagio, Italy to teach art last week! Consider this quote: “The great victory, which appears so simple today, was the result of a series of small victories that went unnoticed.”

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Fresh Off the Easel {Obsessed With Murmurations}

Have you heard of a murmuration?

Simply put, a murmuration is a flock of starlings in flight.  However, Grainger Hunt, senior scientist at the Peregrine Fund, describes a murmuration this way:  “a dazzling cloud, swirling, pulsating, drawing together to the thinnest of waists, then wildly twisting in pulses of enlargement and diminution...” 

I rather like his definition.

About a month ago, I finished this piece, and posted the image to my IG feed:

 

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The next day, The Preacher and I went to the Smokies in the afternoon.  Once we returned to cell service range, my phone buzzed several times.

This painting would have sold FOUR times.

So...I am working on another, as we speak.  

Also, if you haven't seen this video of a murmuration yet....well...you're welcome.  Prepare to be amazed.