Saturday, February 26, 2011


How often do you use the word Awesome? I for one seldom make it a part of my vocabulary. I saw awesome as a word that should be reserved for the up most special occurrences. You know, the type that are embedded in your memory forever or change the direction your life is going in. That was until I found this site . All the things listed on the site really got me to thinking about all the day to day things that really are awesome. You can check it out at:  I am sure you will find more than a few thing to call awesome. As for me, The word Awesome, has definitely moved to higher ranking in my list of frequently used words.

Friday, February 11, 2011


6" x 6"
oil on primed board


What mysteries lie behind closed doors. The door was designed to protect us from the elements and provide safety from unwanted guest. They could be massive stone slabs protecting a Pharaoh from grave robbers, or elaborately carved doors, professing to all who enter, that those who reside within have great power. Today the door to our home often reflects the personality of the owner. This is not always so in many parts of the world. In my travels through Europe and the Middle East I was always amazed by the harshness and simplicity of the outer door of a home and the jewel that laid hidden within. Things are not always as they appear.

As Always

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Village Church


This was a small scene of one of the local churches in Montalcino, Italy. It has been many years since I was able to get back to Italy. I am thrilled to be returning this spring. Lots of pictures and sketches for paintings, not to mention all of the food. I'll be in the northern region for this visit and look forward to the many local dishes. I will of course have to savor my all time favorite, Spaghetti alle Vongole.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Hello Italy

6"x6" oil on primed board

Another day of gray clouds, freezing temperatures. As the old commercial said: "Calgon, Take Me Away."
All I need to do is substitute "Venice" and I'm ready to go. With a high of 61 degrees expected today and gentle breezes blowing off the lagoon, 49 days seems way too long.

As Always

Sunday, February 6, 2011

What Guides You?

As we stand and ponder the artwork in front of us, what affects our interpretation of it? Do we see it from our objective reality or from our subjective experience? I was recently viewing some work on line. The pieces portrayed street scenes of a village that could of been from anywhere in southern Europe. but for me they were Italian. These pieces stirred up memories of my years spent living and traveling there. I could hear the sounds of the vendors and the smells of the cafe in the morning. How about you? What guides your interpretations? Is it solely based on imagery? I would love to hear from you, and hope you will share your ideas.

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